Emily Baumgart second at state

The DeSales eighth-grader give three-time state champ Kira Powell a run for her money in Tacoma.


TACOMA - Odessa-Harrington's Kira Powell entered her final Class 1B/2B state golf tournament trying to three-peat.

DeSales freshman Emily Baumgart gave Powell a run for her money before Powell held Baumgart off for a one-stroke victory at the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club Wednesday.

"It was really fun," Baumgart said of her first state tournament. "Losing by one to a three-time state champion... I had a feeling it'd be tough to win, but I knew I'd be right up there."

Baumgart finished the rainy tournament 86-85-171, just one back of Powell's 85-85-170.

Wednesday's final round was a wild one, Irish coach Lon Olson said.

"That was a yo-yo match," he said. "Emily had three penalty strokes on 14 and 15 and went four down. But on 16, she put it on the green and two-putted, and Kira missed a couple shots and double-bogeyed and Emily was two down with two to go.

"Emily was down three onto 18, and Emily pars it and Kira double-bogeyed, but she (Powell) had a little room on 18.

"Emily had an opportunity to upset her and send her on her way with an upset," Olson said. "It was a shootout the whole way. An eighth-grader against an experienced senior, and it was a shootout from the get-go."

Baumgart's second-place finish combined with teammate Ashton Montgomery's tie for 14th as the DeSales girls almost joined the boys team with the team title.

Montgomery finished 113-107-220.

St. John-Endicott edged the Irish girls by half a point, 32-31.5, for the team title.

"Ashton made a good comeback Wednesday to help us out," Olson said. "That (the tie for 14th) is where that half point came from. One stroke there, one stroke by Emily... we came close to getting both of them (the boys and girls team titles)."

And now Baumgart said she's focusing on junior golf.

"I'm going to practice hard for summer golf and do well in that, too," she said.

As for next year with DeSales, she has high goals for her sophomore season.

"I'm very hopeful," she said, but she expects competition from St. John-Endicott's Michal Schuster, who finished three strokes behind Baumgart Wednesday. "It'll be tough with Michal Schuster."


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