Baumgarts atop Junior Invite fields

Emily Baumgart is alone in first in the girls 12-14 division, while brother Ryan shares the top spot in the boys 15-17 division after the first round Thursday.

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Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart hits her second shot on the second hole during the first round of the Banner Bank Junior Invitational golf tournament Thursday.

WALLA WALLA - Emily Baumgart of Walla Walla was alone in first place in the girls 12-14 age division and older brother Ryan Baumgart shared the top spot in the boys 15-17 division after Thursday's first round of the Banner Bank Junior Invitational golf tournament that is being played at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Emily Baumgart shot a 10-over-par 82 and was two shots in front of a pair of girls from Mead, Wash., Megan Billeter and Cailin Spencer, going into this morning's second and final round of the annual tournament.

Ryan Baumgart fired an even-par 72 and was tied with Ryan Newcomb of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., atop a field of 28 in the older boys age group. They were just one shot in front of Drew McCullough of Richland, who was alone in third at 1-over 73, and three shots ahead of four other players deadlocked in fourth place at 75.

Walla Walla's Nick Atwood shot 78 and was in a tie for 14th place with Ben Gleason of Lewiston, and Walla Walla's Dean Atkinson was another shot back at 79 and was alone in 16th place.

Kaceelyn Pouttu of Kellogg, Idaho, and Taylor Kain-Godoy of Richland matched 3-over-par 75s and were tied for the lead in the girls 15-17 age group. Walla Walla's Jessica Huntsman shot 77 and was two shots off the pace and all alone in third place.

Walla Wallan Kendall Dunovant scored 105 for 15th place in the girls' 15-17 division.

The boys 12-14 division lead belonged to Travis Kay of Ellensburg, who carded a 2-over-par 74 and was two shots in front of Joseph Baldeck of Clarkston. Baldeck shot 76 and was alone in second place.

Walla Walla's Scott Kimball was alone in third place after shooting a first-round 80, which left him six strokes off the pace. Riley Chester of Milton-Freewater scored 91 and was in ninth place and Nathan Towner was alone in 10th place after turning in a score of 92.

There are a total of 70 players from around the Northwest participating in the 36-hole tournament.

Banner Bank Invitational

At Walla Walla Country Club

Thursday's Results

Boys 15-17 Division

Ryan Newcomb, Nine Mile Falls, Wash. 72

Ryan Baumgart, Walla Walla 72

Drew McCullough, Richland 73

Michael Brutocao, Spokane 75

Blake Ellingsen, Spokane 75

Andrew Dodge, Lewiston 75

Eric Dahl, Richland 75

Connor Hogan, Lewiston 76

Kyle Kaufman, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 77

Austin Billeter, Mead, Wash. 77

Andrew Raab, Yakima 77

Mathew Heckel, Spokane 77

Nick Atwood, Walla Walla 78

Ben Gleason, Lewiston 78

Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla 79

Bryan Heer, Ephrata, Wash. 80

Josh Garza, West Richland 80

Brendan Cox, Moses Lake 81

Austin Backers, Yakima 81

Jon Wilson, Kennewick 82

Hunter Ashby, Richland 83

Andrew Hattori, Richland 86

Cody Culletto, Clarkston 87

Nick Rheingans, Liberty Lake 87

Nick Sutherland, Moses Lake 89

Quinton Parnell, Richland 92

Austin Brown, Kennewick 95

Boys 12-14 Division

Travis Kay, Ellensburg, Wash. 74

Joseph Baldeck, Clarkston 76

Scott Kimball, Walla Walla 80

Mathew Baldeck, Clarkston 81

Ryan Ray, Richland 85

Braydon Hogg, Richland 86

Griffin Parsons, Wenatchee 87

Jonathan Imperial, Wapato, Wash. 90

Riley Chester, Milton-Freewater 91

Adam Raab, Yakima 101

Girls 15-17 Division

Kaceelyn Pouttu, Kellogg, Iadho 75

Taylor Kain-Godoy, Richland 75

Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla 77

Neydeen Martinez, Pasco 80

Kristen Hansen, Spokane 80

Nicole Berg, Spokane 81

Kelsey Aiello, Pasco 82

Katie Stephens, Richland 84

Catherine Warner, Kennewick 85

Lacy Skwarek, Richland 88

Michal Schuster, St. John, Wash. 89

Mikayla Morse, Spokane 91

Kendall Sage, Ephrata, Wash. 93

Kassidy Krug, Liberty lake, Wash. 97

Kendall Dunovant, Walla Walla 105

Girls 15-17 Division

Emily Baumgart, Walla Walla 82

Megan Billeter, Mead, Wash. 86

Cailin Spencer, Mead, Wash. 86

Kelly Hooper, Spokane 87

Jaylayne Martinez, Pasco 90

Grace Frazier, Clarkston 90

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