RICHLAND - DeSales' golf team hasn't lost to a District 9 opponent yet this season, but its scores were slowly climbing, from the low 300s into the 330s for the four-man boys' team last week.
On Thursday, the Irish boys were moving back in the right direction, dropping down to 314 for a team score and again dominating a District 9 meet at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.
"(The score) 314 is our third-best team score of the year," DeSales coach Lon Olson said. "We're right back where we need to be."
Tri-Cities Prep took second with a team score of 343, Pomeroy third at 344, Liberty Christian fifth at 59 and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia at 409.
DeSales golfer Ryan Baumgart kept his grip strong on the medalist podium for DeSales, taking first overall with a even-par 72.
"He was one over on the front and one under on the back (38-34-72)," Olson said. "It was real solid. He had an eagle and four birdies."
Baumgart had six bogeys on the day, but both he and teammate eagled the par-5, 490-yard 13th hole.
Scott set an all-time personal best with a 77, and Olson was proud of the junior.
"He's scored 78, 77, and 79 this year, so that rascal is coming on," Olson said. "That's another great round by Bryce."
Scott also had a good day on the greens, Olson said, finishing the 18-hole course with just 28 putts.
"Twenty-eight putts from Bryce Scott, that's great," he said. "Bryce had an outstanding day."
Tri-Cities Preps' Cole Scott took third overall, Pomeroy's Joel Meyers led the Pirates with a 79 to take fourth. Jaguar Tommy Windisch tied Meyers, finishing in 79 strokes.
Waitsburg-Prescott's lone representative, Dakota Baker, carded an 80, good for a sixth-place finish individually.
"That's prbably a career best, but at least it's his best competitive score for him this year," Olson said of Baker, who golfs and practices with DeSales. "He was 42 on the front and 38 on the back; that was a good, consistent round for him."
Jerod Konen tied for seventh with an 81 and Scott Kimball carded an 84 to round out the Irish counters.
For Pomeroy's golfers, Riley Bott was the second-best Pirate, carding an 87 to finish in 10th place.
Brothers Tyson and Tanner Feider tied at 12th with 89s. Wyatt Hyer carded a 90.
"It was a great outing for him (Hyer)," Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said, "and from this point on its going to take some great outings to keep advancing."
There were not enough girls to keep team scores, but Emily Baumgart once again medalled, this time finishing in 80 strokes to take the prize.
"She had a 43 on the front and 37 on the back," Olson said. "Emily made a nice comeback."
Tri-Cities Prep's Alexis Armijo finished 12 strokes back at 92 to take second overall.
Irish golfer Ashton Montgomery finished third with a 94.
"She went 51-43, so that was a nice improvement from front to back," Olson said.
Pomeroy's Teresa Meyers finished fourth with a 99.
The Pirates and Irish hit the links Monday for the girls and Tuesday for the boys for the District 9 sub-districts at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman.
The top half of finishers there, plus any finishers that tied at the cutoff, advance to districts at Wine Valley on May 15.