Baumgart in pursuit of leaders at Banner Bank Invitational

Ryan Baumgart is one stroke back of the leaders after the first round of the Banner Bank Invitational Junior tournament.

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Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart chips from the fringe of the green on Walla Walla Country Club's 17th hole during the Banner Bank Invitational Junior Golf Tournament. Baumgart shot an even-par 72 and is tied for third after the first round of play Thursday.

WALLA WALLA - Eric Ansett of Spokane and Jeff Marcum of West Richland matched 1-under-par 71s Thursday at the Walla Walla Country Club to share the first-round lead in the 19th annual Banner Bank Invitational Junior golf tournament.

Ansett and Marcum were just one shot up in the boys 15-17 age division, with Walla Walla's Ryan Baumgart and Richland's Cole Lorenzo in hot pursuit after shooting identical even-par rounds of 72. It was one more shot back to Corey Beaver of Post Falls, Idaho, who fired a 73, followed by a four-player logjam at 2-over 74 heading into today's second round of the 36-hole tourney.

Drew Ness of Tualatin, Ore., the grandson of Don and Jean Parker of Walla Walla, came in at 77 and was in a four-way tie for 16th place among the 34 players in the division. Rick Atwood of Walla Walla shot 78 and was tied for 20th place, Dean Atkinson of Walla Walla carded an 80 and was tied for 23rd, and Joel Meyers of Pomeroy finished with an 81 and shared 26th place.

Kristen Hansen of Spokane and Kristin Strankman of Richland shared the girls 15-17 age division lead at 75, three shots over par. They held a two-shot lead over Kaceelyn Pouttu of Kellogg, Idaho, who shot 77 and was alone in third place, two strokes better then Kelsey Aiello of Pasco and Kelci Robertson of Richland, who were tied for fourth place with a pair of 79s.

Jessica Huntsman of Walla Walla turned in an 84 and was tied for eighth place with Neydeen Martinez of Pasco in the field of 16.

Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart was in command of the girls 12-14 age group after recording a first-round 83. Baumgart's score was good for a 12-shot lead over Jalayne Martinez of Pasco in the seven-placer division and would have been good enough for eighth place in the girls 15-17 group.

Teresa Meyers of Pomeroy shot 110 and was in seventh place in the girls 12-14 group.

In the boys 12-14 division, the first-round lead belonged to Michael Brutocao of Spokane, who carded a 3-over-par 75 and was two shots ahead of Aaron Seabrook of East Wenatchee. Seabrook's 77 was one shot better than Blake Ellingsen of Spokane, Quinton Parnell of Richland and Holden Backes of Yakima, all deadlocked at 78.

Walla Walla's Scott Kimball shot 85, 10 strokes off the pace and all alone in ninth place in the field of 12 players.

Banner Bank Invitational

Thursday's Results

At Walla Walla Country Club

Boys 15-17 Division

Par 72, 6,476 Yards

Eric Ansett, Spokane 71

Jeff Marcum, West Richland 71

Ryan Baumgart, Walla Walla 72

Cole Lorenzo, Richland 72

Corey Beaver, Post Falls, Idaho 73

Austin Billeter, Mead 74

Michael Baldeck, Clarkston 74

Tanner Martin, Richland 74

Samson Martinez, Pasco 74

Drew McCullough, Richland 74

Tyler McQuilkin, Colbert 75

Jack Eiden, Richland 76

Kyle Kaufman, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 76

Andrew Raab, Yakima 76

Alec White, West Richland 76

Drew Ness, Tualatin, Ore. 77

Tye Morrison, Mead 77

Hunter Thompson, Richland 77

Ryan Newcomb, Nine Mile Falls 77

Nick Atwood, Walla Walla 78

Rylee Iacolucci, South Cle Elum 78

Evan Dyar, Spokane 79

Dakota Pearce, Liberty Lake 80

Andrew Dodge, Lewiston 80

Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla 80

John Duffin, Hayden Lake, Idaho 81

Joel Meyers, Pomeroy 81

Cole Risley, West Richland 81

Garrett Adair, Moscow, Idaho 83

Daniel Cruzen, Kennewick 83

Danny Marchese, Richland 84

Eric Dahl, Richland 84

Andrew Hattori, Richland 86

Josh Garza, West Richland 87

Girls 15-17 Division

Par 72, 5,367 Yards

Kristen Hansen, Spokane 75

Kristin Strankman, Richland 75

Kaceelyn Pouttu, Kellogg, Idaho 77

Kelsey Aiello, Pasco 79

Kelci Robertson, Richland 79

Taylor Anderson, Moscow, Idaho 79

Yvonne LaCoursiere, Hermiston 81

Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla 84

Neydeen Martinez, Pasco 84

Katie Stephens, Richland 85

Nicole Berg, Spokane 86

Hope Neidhold, Richland 88

Molly David, Richland 92

Vanessa Goodwin, Moses Lake 98

Miranda Swanson, Yakima 100

Faith Williams, Pullman 108

Boys 12-14 Division

Par 72, 5,682 Yards

Michael Brutocao, Spokane 75

Aaron Seabrook, East Wenatchee 77

Blake Ellingsen, Spokane 78

Quinton Parnell, Richland 78

Holden Backes, Yakima 78

Matthew Heckel, Spokane 80

Austin Brown, Kennewick 81

Nathan Nulliner, Yakima 82

Benjamin Gleason, Lewisotn 85

Scott Kimball, Walla Walla 85

Joseph Fenich, Yakima 88

Cody Culletto, Clarkston 93

Girls 12-14 Division

Par 72, 5,367 Yards

Emily Baumgart, Walla Walla 83

Jalayne Martinez, Pasco 95

Danika Palm, Richland 99

Megan Billeter, Mead 103

Allison Duffin, Hayden Lake, Idaho 105

Mikayla Morse, Spokane 105

Teresa Meyers, Pomeroy 110

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