Valley golfers shine at Palouse Ridge

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PULLMAN — Walla Walla Valley Class 1B/2B golfers enjoyed themselves at the sub-district round at Palouse Ridge here Monday.

For the first time, DeSales High School qualified all six boys alloted each team, as well as two girls.

Pomeroy High sends four boys and a girl to next Monday’s district round at Walla Walla Country Club, Waitsburg-Prescott one and Walla Walla Valley Academy advances two boys.

Despite battling car sickness on the front nine, DeSales’ Ryan Baumgart carded a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Irish contingent.

“We earned it, we deserve it,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said. “It’s a tiring day, almost nine hours of golf.”

Baumgart’s front-nine 37 was followed by 32 on the back.

“He didn’t feel well on the front, and it finally passed,” Olson said. “He had seven birdies on the back. He had an amazing round, especially when not feeling well.”

W-P’s Dakota Baker followed Baumgart in second place at 76.

DeSales’ Jerod Konen came in fifth at 79, Bryce Scott sixth at 82, Scott Kimball tied for seventh at 83, Lucas Lyons was 13th at 90, and Dan Schaefer tied for 15th at 100.

The top 21 boys advanced to Monday’s district round at Walla Walla Country Club, with the scores combined to advance the top nine to state at Oakbrook in Lakewood, Wash., May 21-22.

On the girls side, DeSales’ Emily Baumgart was second at 83, behind St. John-Endicott’s Michal Schuster’s 81, and Ashton Montgomery fourth at 100 to advance.

Irish girls not advancing include Elizabeth Ruthven (11th, 135) and Jane Conley (13th, 149).

“Palouse Ridge is very challenging,” Olson said. “It’s up and down, and there are more hazard areas with water, bunkers, and their greens are not only fast, they undulate. They’re pretty hard to read on some of them. If you putt well, you’re going to score well.”

For Pomeroy, Riley Bott tied for seventh at 83, Tyson Feider tied for 11th at 86, Wyatt Hyer was 17th at 101, and Tanner Feider just made the cut tied for 21st at 105.

Pirate boys not making the cut included Seth Hyer (23rd, 109) and Tyler McGreevy (24th, 113).

Pomeroy’s Teresa Myers advanced with a third-place finish at 91.

For the girls at sub-district, a field of 17 was narrowed to nine. All nine automatically qualify for state, but will compete at district at the country club Monday.

“I’m most impressed with the round Riley (Bott) had,” Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. “He’s been in a walking cast less than a week. He broke a bone playing football (last fall), and it bothered him in basketball and they found it this spring.

“For him to adjust and play in a walking cast — it’s his first 18-hole outing (with the cast on),” he said. “They re-cast it, so it’s a little more comfortable.”

Greene is confident headed into Monday’s district round.

“Riley and Tyson have a real shot at going on, but they both have to play well on Monday,” he said.

District play tees off at 10 a.m. Monday.

The Pirate golfers are trying to play a practice round at the country club this weekend, Greene said.

Olson acknowledged the local golfers are much more familiar with the country club.

“We play there a lot more than they have,” Olson said of the other teams. “It’s unique in its own way, too. It’s not an easy course at all.”

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