Baumgart leads Irish boys to win

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WALLA WALLA - Ryan Baumgart overcame a two-stroke out-of-bounds penalty and five bogeys Tuesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Golf Course as he matched par-72 and led his DeSales boys golf team to a comfortable first-place finish over three visiting squads.

DeSales totaled 321 for its best four scores and finished 47 shots in front of second-place Liberty Christian, which came in at 368. Mac-Hi, playing without Ryan Bullock, its No. 1 player, finished third at 375 and Tri-Cities Prep brought up the rear with a 409 team score.

Baumgart won the individual medalist by seven strokes over teammate Jerod Konen, who was alone in second place at 79 in the field of 19. Another 10 boys competed in a nine-hole non-counting match.

Bryce Scott of the Irish finished third individually with an 81, nine strokes off the pace, and Dakota Baker of Waitsburg-Prescott, who practices and travels with DeSales because his school doesn't have a golf team, was alone in fourth place at 83.

Jared Hoey led Liberty Christian with an 84 that left him alone in fifth place. Mac-Hi's Lucas Simpson came next with an 87. Cole Scott was Tri-Cities Prep's top player with a 94.

DeSales' other counting score was Scott Kimball with an 89, and Lucas Lyons shot a non-counting 90.

Mac-Hi's other counting scores were Andrew Kain at 88, Tyler Williams 98 and Rain Wheeler 102. Chris Propeck shot a non-counting 121.

DeSales eighth grader Emily Baumgart led a field of 10 girls with a score of 81, nine strokes over par. Her closest rival was Tri-Cities Prep's Alexis Armijo, who shot 96, and Michelle Troop led Liberty Christian with a 124. Mac-Hi didn't have any girls entered.

Ryan Baumgart erased his spate of bogeys by making three birdies and an eagle. He came to the par-5 No. 8 hole two-over-par, knocked his second shot past the green and then chipped in for an eagle.

Konen also had an up-and-down round, going out in 43 but coming home in 36.

"That's a great little piece of work for a sophomore," Irish coach Lon Olson said of Konen's backside rally.

The Irish, who have played six 18-hole competitive rounds in the past eight day, are back in action Thursday at Columbia Point in Richland. They will be joined by Pomeroy, Liberty Christian, Tri-Cities Prep, Tekoa-Oakesale-Rosalia and St. John-Endicott.

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