Baumgarts again lead Irish golfers

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RICHLAND - The DeSales golf team continued its run of success at at Southeast District 9 match at the Columbia Point Golf Course Thursday, taking home first place in both boys and girls categories.

DeSales scored 332 on the boys side, 41 strokes ahead of Pomeroy, which finished at 363 for second place.

Liberty Christian was next at 368, followed by Tri-Cities Prep 387, Asotin 405 and St. John-Endicott 493.

Only three girls teams finished the course before being called in. DeSales finished in 179 strokes, St. John's-Endicott 188 and Asotin 224.

Ryan and Emily Baumgart medaled for the Irish.

It took a long, par-saving put on the 18th hole for the male Baumgart to take medalist after missing the fairway on his tee-shot and hitting a bunker on his second shot. He finished with a six-over-par 78.

"It was a tough par on the last hole to shoot 78 - which he (Ryan Baumgart) wasn't happy with - but 78 won it," DeSales coach Lon Olson said of the junior golfer.

Jerod Konen and Bryce Scott tied for fifth overall and second for the Irish at 84. Scott Kimble, an eighth-grader, finished eighth overall at 86. Daniel Schafer shot a personal best at 98, but his score didn't count for the team standings.

Emily Baumgart, an eighth-grader, finished just a stroke behind her older brother at 79 after recording her first-ever eagle on the 18th hole.

"Emily is still undefeated as an eighth-grader," Olson said. "She can hit the ball, let's put it that way."

Ashton Montgomery took second for DeSales and third overall after carding a 100. Alyssa Lyons' 129 didn't count for DeSales' team score, but was good for ninth out of 21 girls.

Dakota Baker, who golfs with the DeSales boys but is from Waitsburg-Prescott, finished with an 86.

For Pomeroy, Riley Bott finished sixth with an 85, Joel Meyers 12th at 91, Tanner Feider 13th at 93 and Tyson Feider the final Pirate counter at 94 for 15th place.

The lone Pirate girl was Teresa Meyers, who took fourth with a 104.

"Nobody even came close to their average," Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. "You can either learn from it or let it go."

Olson estimated the winds to range from 20-25 miles per hour.

"In those conditions, those were very good scores," Olson said.

DeSales next heads to Canyon Lakes at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Pomeroy travels to St. John for an 18-hole match at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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