Seven local SE District 9 golfers to state tournament

DeSales' Ryan Baumgart cards the district low score for the second year in a row.

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RICHLAND - DeSales placed second and Pomeroy fourth at the Southeast District 9 tournament on the par-72 Columbia Point Golf Course here Monday, while seven golfers from DeSales, Pomeroy, Dayton and Waitsburg-Prescott will make the trip to state next week.

Tournament scores were a combination of last week's sub-district and Monday's round. The top 14 golfers at the 24-golfer event qualified for the state round at Lakewood's Meadow Park Golf Course May 24-25.

DeSales' Ryan Baumgart was the medalist, carding a 78-71-149. He was also the medalist last year.

"We really did it yesterday," said DeSales coach Lon Olson.

Baumgart was three strokes behind early on and came back to win by nine, Olson said. "He played a steady round," Olson said. "He had two birdies and one bogey. It was cool and breezy out there and he played a great, smart round of golf."

DeSales' Jerod Konen and Bryce Scott are also representing the Irish at state. Konen hit an 82-88-170 for seventh and Scott hit 88-88-176 for 11th place.

"They both picked it up on the back to secure spots," Olson said.

The Irish team was also selected for the District 9 Sportsmanship award for the first time.

Pomeroy's Joel Meyers hit an 88-83-171, good for eighth place, and eighth grader Tyson Feider hit an 88-92-180 for 14th.

Pirate Riley Bott hit an 88-93-181 for 15th and is the District 9 alternate. He'll likely travel with the rest of the team to Lakewood.

"We're pretty young, so having an eighth grader qualify is a first for our school," Pomeroy golf coach Jim Greene said of Feider. "I felt for Riley, because he was one stroke back. He was close. As a freshman, he played really consistently. We don't have any water or sand on our course, some of the things that nicer, bigger courses have, and he found some of those obstacles."

But with two heading over for sure, Greene is looking forward to state.

"It's always a fun event," he said. "The hardest part is actually getting there. Once we're there, there's a chance to relax and whatever happens, happens."

Waitsburg-Prescott golfer Dakota Baker hit 90-87-177 for 13th place.

"Dakota was on the bubble this week and needed to shoot a little better than he did last week to qualify for state," said Dayton-W-P coach Mike McGhan. "He overcame a couple of bad holes to shoot an 87, which qualifies him for his first trip to state."

Baker just missed the cut last year, McGhan said.

Dayton golfer Dain Henderson shot a 95-81-176.

"Dain put himself in a hole with his worst round in memory last week (95)," McGhan said. "I told him he'd have to shoot in the low 80s to qualify. To add to the pressure, he came up sick Sunday night and wasn't even sure he could play."

But Henderson held on.

"Dain has always played well under pressure and shot the fourth-best round of the day (Monday) to qualify."

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