Irish, Pirate golfers qualify for district

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PULLMAN - Ryan Baumgart and Jerod Konen tied with 1-over-par 73s to take the top spots at the District 9 boys qualifying match at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman Tuesday.

Five out of six DeSales golfers qualified for the district championships, scheduled for Tuesday at noon at Wine Valley.

Pomeroy is sending five to the district tournament as well. Joel Meyers and Riley Bott both shot 88s, with Tanner Feider carding 97 for 19th, Tyson Feider a 99 for 20t and Wyatt Hyer making the cut at 103.

The Pirates' Mitch Ruchert finished 30th at 118 and did not advance.

"The good news is we've got five players going on," Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. "Three of them really need a good round at Wine Valley. We'll see what happens Tuesday at the district tournament. It's a tough course for us."

DeSales' Bryce Scott finished the course in the third fewest strokes, 79, despite getting stuck in a marsh and hitting 5-over on the par-5 ninth hole.

"That was another great comeback," DeSales coach Lon Olson said. "You're playing well on the front side, and then you have this big hiccup on the last hole, and then you start the back side and shoot bogey golf."

Scott Kimball finished with a 90 (43-47), good for 13th, and freshman golfer Lucas Lyons snuck in at the cutoff with a 103, good for 21st.

"The best comeback of the day was Lucas Lyons," Olson said. "He was 58-45, 13 strokes better on the back side. He played his ways into the playoffs."

Robert Kelly was the only Irish golfer not to qualify, scoring a 107 for 26th in just his fourth time around 18 holes, but Olson said the freshman caught the golfing bug.

"Robert had a big old grin on his face and said, ‘Hey I'm ready to go get it next year,'" Olson said. "I saw a kid yesterday get the good old golf bug; a kid just lit up and said I'm going after it.

"He and Daniel Shaefer were neck and neck all year," Olson said. "I had to flip a coin to choose between them for sub-districts."

Konen's 73 was his best round this season, "and probably on one of the toughest courses we've played all year," Olson said.

"When you're playing a tougher course, it makes a good golfer focus," Olson said. "Palouse Ridge and Wine Valley will be the fastest courses we play on all year."

Waitsburg-Prescott's Dakota Baker made the cut with an 87. He made his way through the front side in 48 strokes, but only took 39 to return.

"I shot better on the back too," Olson said. "Maybe the back is a little bit easier."

Team scores were not tabulated at the qualifier, but the best four Irish golfers compiled a 315 - just eight strokes off their best of the season at Wine Valley (307).

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