PULLMAN - Emily Baumgart's first drive of the day sailed some 225 yards and out of sight here Monday at Palouse Ridge during the Southeast B District's sub-district golf tournament.
And when Baumgart couldn't find her ball in the deep rough on a course that had been prepped to host the women's Pacific-12 Championships a week earlier, she was saddled with a two-stroke penalty before she had the opportunity to line up her second shot of the day. And that's the way her day went.
The DeSales star, an eighth grader at Assumption School, absorbed another two-shot penalty on the fifth hole when she inadvertently hit a wrong ball. She finished her round with a 90 that was still good for second place in the field of 19 girls, 10 of whom qualified for the Southeast B District tournament that will be played at Wine Valley in Walla Walla one week from today.
St. John-Endicott's Michal Schuster was the sub-district medalist with an 87, three shots in front of Baumgart. It was the SJ-E junior's second victory over Baumgart in eight tournaments this spring.
DeSales' Ashton Montgomery carded a 97 and was alone in third place. Pomeroy's Teresa Meyers, another eighth grader, shot 106 and placed fourth.
The other district qualifiers were Alexis Armijo and Ali Valencia of Tri-Cities Prep, who shot 114 and 117, respectively; Liberty Christian's Michelle Troup, who turned in a 119; Devan Bafus and Sierra McCanna of St. John-Endicott, who followed with 120 and 125, respectively; and Mikayla Christensen of Asotin, who was alone in 10th place at 129.
Payton Weakland of Asotin shot 134 and is the first alternate to district.
"The course played tough," Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. "If you got off the fairways at all, you were in deep stuff. The placement of the pins was tough, too, and the scores were far higher than they were when we were here two weeks ago."
DeSales coach Lon Olson noted that Palouse Ridge is a "home course" for Schuster while Wine Valley, the site of next week's district tournament, will more likely favor Baumgart.
"Emily is more familiar with Wine Valley," Olson said. "But those two girls have been battling it out all year and they will again next week at district.
"They have been within three or four strokes of each other all year, although Emily has had the edge. It will be an interesting match up next week."
Olson said he was surprised when Baumgart was unable to find her initial drive.
"She absolutely crushed her drive, and it was just a foot off the fairway," the coach said. "But she couldn't find it. I went out and found it later."
The boys sub-district will be played here today. The field of 41 will be cut in half, plus ties, for next Tuesday's district tourney at Wine Valley. The top 15 boys and all 10 girls will qualify for the Class B state tournament.
"Our district gets 10 state berths for girls," Olson noted. "So in a way, next week's district tournament will be a practice round for the girls."