LAKEWOOD, Wash. — DeSales’ golf team didn’t skip a beat going from the district tournament to the state championship.
A week after winning the District 9 golf tournament, the reigning state champions are in a familiar position at the Class 1B/2B State Championship with an inside track on the school’s second title after taking the top two spots during the first round Tuesday.
DeSales senior Ryan Baumgart carded a one-over 72 on the par-71 Oakbrook Golf and Country Club to lead all golfers and junior Jerod Konen is in second at 78.
In total, all four DeSales boys who made the state tournament made the cut to the second day.
The next closest golfer to Konen was Liberty Christian’s Jared Hoey, four strokes back at 82.
“We’ve got four guys left to try to win it, that’s more than any other school,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said matter-of-factly. “Unless we have a major hiccup, we should be able to win another one.”
On the girls side, DeSales’ Emily Baumgart is tied for third place after carding a first-round 92. She is just a stroke back of the second-place golfer, Bear Creek School’s Morgan Cardigan, but District 9-rival Michal Schuster of St. John-Endicott holds a six-stroke advantage after shooting an 86.
“She definitely struggled, but she kept her cool and fought through it,” Olson said of Emily Baumgart. “She’s going to do fine today.”
Emily Baumgart, only a freshman, is coming off a second-place finish at state last season.
DeSales senior Ashton Montgomery did not make the cut, shooting a 59-53 — 112.
“She did right the ship a little bit on the back side,” Olson said of Montgomery. “She just put herself in too deep of a hole. Her drives got her into trouble and she didn’t scramble as well as she normally does, and she porbably had too many three-putts. ”
Waitsburg-Prescott’s Dakota Baker, who plays and practices with the Irish, put together an 85 to finish the first round in a tie for ninth place.
Bryce Scott and Scott Kimball rounded out the Irish golfers with an 89 and 92, respectively.
Pomeroy’s Riley Bott, his team’s lone boy, missed the cut by two strokes after carding a 95.
“Riley struggled on the front nine, but he put his driver away (on the back nine) and things went way better,” Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. “Until we get to our tournament time, we don’t play courses as tight as these (Oakbrook).”
Pomeroy freshman Teresa Myers carded a 100 to finish tied for ninth place. She finished in seventh place as an eighth-grader.
The tournament concludes today.