Baumgart wins state 1B/2B golf tourney

DeSales places second overall, while Dayton, Waitsburg-Presoctt and Pomeroy golfers also play their final rounds.

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. - DeSales golfer Ryan Baumgart won the boys side of the 1B/2B state golf tournament, hitting a 74-78-152 over two days of play at the par 71 Meadow Park Golf Course.

Baumgart is DeSales' first 1B/2B state golf champion. He was eight strokes ahead of the second-place finisher and one of two on the day who hit in the 70s.

"Ryan's hard work and dedication in getting to this point speaks for itself," said pleased DeSales coach Lon Olson. "He put in hours and hours on the driving range and is a dedicated, great human being. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than Ryan."

The DeSales team placed second, scoring 82 points in the tournament. Bear Creek won with 111 points.

It's the first time DeSales won a golf trophy, Olson said.

DeSales's Jerod Konen tied for 17th at 84-90-174 and Bryce Scott was in a three-way tie for 31st at 88-95-183.

It started raining as the boys were teeing off, Olson said. It didn't stop - and was still raining when the team got back to Walla Walla.

Pomeroy had two golfers in the top 40. Joel Meyers was 10th at 86-83-169 and Tyson Feider was 40th with 88-115-203.

"Both the kids will be back next year, so hopefully things will go well for them," said Pomeroy coach Jim Greene. "We're real young - we only had one senior in the top six - so hopefully with some good offseason work, the kids will get more in the next few years."

Waitsburg-Prescott's Dakota Baker tied for 13th. It was his first trip to state.

"He looked at it as a couple more days of free golf," said Dayton/W-P coach Mike McGhan. "He played very relaxed today and only got himself in trouble on one hole. I am very pleased with Dakota's efforts this year. It has not been easy being Waitsburg's only golfer."

Baker played with the Dayton team.

Dayton's Dain Henderson was 20th at 84-91-175.

"Dain struggled all day," said Dayton coach Mike McGhan. "He played very well when he's relaxed, and I think he put too much pressure on himself to finish in the medals."

It was Henderson's fourth trip to state. He was the only regional senior at the tournament.

"He has improved his finish every year, this being no exception," McGhan said.

DeSales golfer Ashton Montgomery was the only local girl still playing. She finished tied for 16th with 102-109-211.

"She struggled too, like everyone else did," Olson said of Montgomery's play in the rain. "But she was 14th out of 40 girls in the tournament, and that's not too shabby."

Baumgart had his eye on state. He finished ninth last year as a freshman, and thought he could win in a couple more years.

"He told me about three weeks ago he thought he could win as a senior," Olson said. "My comment was, why don't you go for it this year?"

Evidently, he listened.

"He played real solid golf," Olson said.

With 2011 on the books, Olson is looking forward to 2012.

"I think we accomplished all of our goals," Olson said. "We'd like to have the first-place trophy, but we'll work on that later. This is the first state trophy DeSales has won and our first state championship. We had a lot of firsts."

And with 14 District 9 golfers in the top 40, it took some work to get there.

"District 9 was the strongest district in the state," Olson said. "That's a testament to our kids. The competition helped them get better, and it made them harder to get through the district."

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