DeSales’ Baumgart takes golf title No. 3; Irish win 2nd team title

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Ryan Baumgart captured his third consecutive Washington Class B state golf championship here Wednesday at the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club and led DeSales to a second straight team championship.

The Irish senior wrapped up his prep career with an even-par 71 during Wednesday’s final round, which was played in soaking wet Western Washington weather conditions. Coupled with his first-round 72, Baumgart totaled 143 and finished 14 strokes in front of Isaih Ojeda of Richland’s Liberty Christian, who carded rounds of 82 and 75 for a 157 score for 36 holes.

“Ryan won it by eight strokes as a sophomore, nine as a junior and now 14 as a senior,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said. “After the tournament, it was remarked that Ryan’s ability to handle the conditions and the big lead was a testament to his desire and focus.”

All four of DeSales’ qualifiers for the state tournament survived Tuesday’s cut and contributed to the team championship on Wednesday, Olson said. DeSales totaled 59.5 points, comfortably in front of second-place Liberty Christian, which totaled 42 points.

Junior Jerod Konen followed up a first-round 78 with a second-round 80 and finished third overall at 158. Bryce Scott shot 89-86—175 to place 13th and Scott Kimball shot 92-97—189 for 19th place.

Forty players qualified for state and 21 qualified for the final round.

Waitsburg’s Dakota Baker survived the first-round cut and shot 88 Wednesday to tie for 11th place at 173. Pomeroy’s Riley Bott missed the cut after a first-round 95 that left him tied for 23rd place.

“Considering the playing conditions, I thought Riley could have shot in the high 80s and possibly made the cut,” Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. “Instead, he missed it by two shots. This was his first time to state, and he has a little trouble keeping it in the fairway sometimes.”

DeSales freshman Emily Baumgart, Ryan’s younger sister, finished second behind District 9 rival Michel Schuster of St. John-Endicott in the final girls individual standings for a second straight year.

Schuster put together rounds of 86 and 91 for a 36-hole total of 177 in leading the Eagles to a second-place finish in the battle for the team championship. Baumgart shot a second-round 92 that matched her first-day score for a 184 total and was seven strokes off the winning pace and four shots in front of third-place Morgan Cadigan of Bear Creek.

Paige Mackleit of Colfax shot 86-87—193 for fourth place and Pomeroy’s Teresa Myers, a freshman who will be battling Baumgart for District 9 honors for the next three years, followed up a first-round 100 with a second-round 95 and took fifth place at 195.

“Going into the 17th hole she couldn’t hang onto her club because it was so wet,” Greene said. “She took a seven on the par-4 17th hole and an eight on the par-5 18th when she four-putted. She hadn’t three-putted up until then, but I think she was kind of discouraged.

“I thought she had an outside chance to get fourth place and a medal,” Greene added. “She missed it by two strokes.”

The Bear Creek girls took the championship with 36.5 points, with St. John-Endicott a close second with 35 points. DeSales was not in contention for the team title after Ashton Montgomery narrowly missed the first-round cut.

“Ashton is a senior and she was very disappointed,” Olson said. “She’s been a hard worker for four years and did a good job. And she had been playing very well. It was just one of those days that didn’t work out for her.”

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