DeSales dominates small schools golf match

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WALLA WALLA — Ryan Baumgart shot a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Golf Course as DeSales dominated a small-school boys golf match.

The Irish finished with a 340 total for their top four scores and 21 strokes in front of second-place Mac-Hi, which totaled 361. Walla Walla Valley Academy carded 418 for third place and Tri-Cities Prep entered an incomplete team.

Baumgart’s round featured three birdies and a two-stroke penalty for a lost ball on the eighth hole.

“They are really behind on their mowing at Vets,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said in helping to explain Baumgart’s lost ball. “He hit a shot into the rough, and the roughs are absolutely long and rough. We were looking for golf balls all day.

“But they’re working at it, and Ryan’s not complaining. These are some pretty good scores under the circumstances.”

Jerod Konen shot an 80 for DeSales and finished alone in second place, followed by DeSales’ Bryce Scott and Waitsburg-Prescott’s Dakota Baker, who matched 82s to share third. Baker is competing as an individual because his school does not have a golf program.

Scott Kimball shot 85 for DeSales’ fourth counting score. He finished alone in fifth place. Dan Scshaefer shot a non-counting 98 for DeSales and Andrew Hayunga turned in a 115.

“Some of our less experienced kids really paid a price for not being able to keep the ball in the fairway,” Olson said.

Andrew Kain and Sterling Sandberg led Mac-Hi with identical 86s. Rain Wheeler shot 91, Chase Copenhaver 98 and Aaron LeFore turned in a non-counting 109.

Cameron Fitzgerald was WWVA’s top scorer with a 96. Dylan Trapani scored 101, Chad Steward 110 and Paul Trapani 111.

Hogan Jones led Tri-Cities Prep with a 111.

A small field of six girls also competed, but DeSales’ Emily Baumgart was the only girl to play 18 holes. Playing from the same tee boxes as the boys, the Irish freshman shot 98.

Ashton Montgomery carded a nine-hole 55 for DeSales and Elizabeth Ruthven scored 60.

Tri-Cities Prep’s Rachel Armijo shot 59. Neither Mac-Hi nor WWVA entered girls in the competition.

DeSales will be in the Tri-Cities Thursday for a tournament at Columbia Point in Richland.

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