DeSales' Baumgart leads at state 2B golf tourney

Ryan Baumgart has a four-stroke lead after the first round in Lakewood, Wash.

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. - DeSales' Ryan Baumgart has a four-stroke lead after the first round at the state Class 1B/2B golf tournament at Meadow Park Golf Course here Tuesday.

Baumgart shot a 74, trailed by Northwest Yeshiva's Elie Aboulafia at 78.

"We're sitting in good shape for a team trophy and Ryan is obviously sitting in good position to win it," said DeSales coach Lon Olson, even as he checked the weather report. "I'm always concerned about the weather, but everyone has to play in it. Rain is predicted today over here."

Baumgart's Irish teammate Jerod Konen, Dayton's Dain Henderson and Waitsburg-Prescott's Dakota Baker sit in a tie for 10th place with first-rounds of 84.

"Dain started great with a 39 on the front nine," Dayton coach Mike McGhan said. "He got a little too aggressive on the back nine and took a couple of double bogies. He finished strong with back-to-back pars. He lipped out a couple of birdie puts or he would have moved up in the standings.

"Dakota started with two double-bogies on the front nine, but shook off the jitters to finish with 44," McGhan said. "He caught fire on the back nine to finish the round at 84 to make the cut.

"Both Dakota and Dain can move up into the medals with a good round on Wednesday. They are only two strokes out of fifth place."

Pomeroy's Joel Myers shot an 86 to sit in a tie for 14th headed into today's second round, while all of the other 13 District 9 qualifiers also made the cut.

"I'm pleased because getting in the second round at this course is way tighter than anything we've faced," said Pomeroy coach Jim Greene. "This course has a little water and sand, and then, especially on the back nine, there are narrow fairways lined with trees that you've got to hit over, and other environmental ditches. It's more challenging for our kids to play, and for them to advance is pretty exciting."

DeSales' Bryce Scott and Pomeroy's Tyson Feider made the cut with 88s.

The state tournament continues today, with the top eight individuals and top four teams winning trophies.

Of the 80 golfers that began the tournament, only 40 continued play today. Of those 40, 13 are District 9 golfers.

"That says a lot for District 9," Olson said. "It was well-represented at state and DeSales has done themselves proud so far, so hopefully we'll do a couple-three strokes better today and finish really strong."

On the girls side, DeSales' Ashton Montgomery made the cut with a first-round 102, sitting in 14th place. Montgomery had the earliest round today, while the boys played later in the morning.

"Hopefully she had enough rest and she'll give it her best shot," Olson said.

Dayton's Molly Payne shot a 122 and Abby Chapman a 124. Both missed the cut to today's second round.

"It just wasn't in the cards for Molly and Abby today," McGhan said. "Neither golfer caught any breaks and struggled in the trees. They are both disappointed, but have nothing to be ashamed of. This was Abby's first trip to state and I am sure she will be back next year to take care of business. Molly has made it to state all four years and I know she would have liked to make the cut to end her career. Molly and Dain have been the heart and soul of our program for the past four years and we will really miss them next year."

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