Mac-Hi’s Andrew Kain (right) lines up his putt during the final round of the Blue Mountain Cup at the Walla Walla Country Club on Thursday.
WALLA WALLA – DeSales golf coach Lon Olson has organized some preseason local golf for prep competitors this spring.
Olson got Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, Wine Valley Golf Clue, Walla Walla Country Club and Veterans Memorial Golf Course to host local competitors to take part in spring nine-hole golf matches.
Olson’s Irish team of Jerod Konen (37 strokes), Lucas Lyons (37), Emily Baumgart (38) and Matt Baumgart (38) totaled 153 here Thursday for the victory over McLoughlin High (166) and Walla Walla Valley Academy (214).
Mac-Hi’s top golfers were Sterling Sandberg with a 40, Andrew Kain with a 41, Rain Wheeler at 42 and Riley Chester with a 43.
“I’ve got to give credit to DeSales, they played really well,” Mac-Hi coach Barry Wofford said. “I would like to thank the country club for allowing us to play today. In the long run, this is going to really help us playing on a nice course like this. The greens were awesome and it was a really good experience for our kids.
“Our kids were close, (but) we had too many double bogeys or triple bogeys out there today,” he said. “If we can cut down on those a bit, we’ll be right there in our district, come that time.”
The Knights’ scoring golfers were Joey Hutton (47), Dylan Trapani (50), Taylor Bond (51) and Zack Mitchell (66).
“Considering that is the first or second tournament they’ve played in — ever or this year — it is not too bad at all,” WWVA coach Christian Bell said of his golfers. “We’ve had some last-minute changes in coaching, so we’ve been putting this all together last minute. We’ve barely had enough practices, just 10-to-11. Actually, they’re doing pretty well considering that we have little experience in the past. “
DeSales’ Konen and Lyons shared medalist honors with the 37 over nine holes of golf. Emily Baumgart, was a close second with a 38, and Matt Baumgart was fourth overall with a 39.
“We didn’t have Lucas (Lyons, in Tuesday’s Blue Mountain Cup match),” Olson said. “Those scores we shot, we improved by 24 strokes (over Tuesday’s match).
“I do want to thank all four courses —Milton-Freewater, Wine Valley, Veterans and the Country Club — for allowing us to play,” he said. “Basically it was cost free.
“It has been our maiden voyage playing March locally. It has saved class time, we don’t have to travel very far and they have been willing to let us do it.”