RICHLAND — Better catch up, District 9.
DeSales’ boys golf team carded a record-breaking 297 Thursday at the par-72 Columbia Point Golf Course, defeating its nearest challenger by 36 strokes and showing just how wide the divide is between the Irish and the rest of the field as the postseason approaches.
DeSales’ 297 was 10 strokes better than the school record set just last season of 307 at Wine Valley, DeSales’ home course.
“On a non-home course that’s a 10 stroke improvment,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said. “That’s pretty awesome.”
Ryan Baumgart led the way for the Irish, carding a season-best four-under 68 to tie his best score from last season at Wine Valley and take medalist.
No teams had enough girls to keep team scores, but DeSales’ Emily Baumgart shot a 79 to take medalist, defeating runner up Michal Schuster, of St. John, who carded an 88.
The Irish had four out of the top six golfers at the meet, with Jerod Konen shooting a 74 for third place, Lucas Lyons carded 76 to tie for fourth, and Bryce Scott a 79 to take sixth place.
“Four in the 70s or better,” Olson said, “that’s pretty solid golf.”
DeSales’ non-counters were Dan Schaefer at 85, Scott Kimball 86 and Rob Kelly 95.
Liberty Christian was the only school within a shout of the Irish, carding 333 to take runner up. Pomeroy scored 381, St. John-Endicott 391, Walla Walla Valley Academy 410, Asotin 410 and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 460.
Pomeroy’s Tyson Feider carded an 82 to lead the Pirates with a ninth-place finish. Wyatt Hyer scored 96, Seth Hyer 100 and Tyler McGreevey 103.
“Ninth kind of surprised me,” Pirates coach Jim Greene said of Feider’s round. “That many scores lower than him shows we’ve got some work to do to move on. It was only the second chance for us to see other side of our district. There are lots of 70s scores.
“I was absolutely amazed at how well the DeSales kids are playing,” Greene said. “They’re really impressive.”
Pomeroy’s Teresa Myers carded a 103 to tie for fourth place on the girls side.
Waitsburg-Prescott’s Dakota Baker shot an 83 to place 10th as his school’s lone representative.
Dylan Trapani led Walla Walla Valley Academy with an 89. Cam Fitzgerald scored 99, Paul Trapani 106, Chad Stewart 116 and Jonathon Lindsey 138.
Ryan Baumgart was on pace to shoot a 68 April 23rd at Wine Valley, but ended with a bogey on 16 and a triple bogey on 18 to finish at even par.
This time Baumgart birdied four out of his final six holes to take the win.
“He finally put it all together,” Olson said. “No hiccups yesterday. A good solid round.
“He came off 18 with a smile on his face this time, so I take that as he was pretty pleased.”
The District 9 postseason begins Monday with sub-districts at Palouse Ridge. The top half of the finishers there, plus ties, will advance to districts the following Monday at the Walla Walla Country Club.