Irish golfers take first

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KENNEWICK — DeSales golfers Scott Kimball and Emily Baumgart took boys and girls medalist honors, respectively, at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Irish duo each finished with an 80 at the par-72 course. The DeSales boys team finished first with a 334, Pomeroy took second with a 375, host Tri-Cities Prep finished third with a 446 and St. John-Endicott shot a 482 for fourth.

“Under the conditions — the wind was blowing 10-to-15 miles per hour and the greens were really fast — the kids handled it well compared to the rest of the kids, but we had more three-putts than we wanted,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said.

For Pomeroy, the second-place finish was great, considering how the tournament started.

“We showed up at noon, they were handing out score cards — they moved it up an hour and we weren’t notified,” Pomeroy coach Jim Greene said. “Our kids were frustrated but I thought they handled themselves well.”

Behind Kimball, DeSales’ Jarod Konen finished third individually with an 83. Teammate Dan Schaefer took fourth with an 84. Pomeroy’s Tyson Feider rounded out the top five with an 86.

“He’s been a steady kid,” Olson said of Kimball. “He’s very diligent. He plays anytime he gets the chance. He comes from a golfing background. I don’t have to motivate Scott. He’s pretty much a self-motivator.”

“Tyson had qualified for state as an eighth grader,” Greene said of his top finisher. “He’s been having trouble keeping the ball in bounds. He got to play with closer people to his ability. His pace was similar to what he’s used to playing and he had no complaints at all.”

DeSales’ Steven Xiao took sixth with an 84 and Matt Baumgart fired an 89 for seventh to round out the Irish score card.

“It wasn’t an ideally run tournament, but we got through it,” Olson said. “That might be Dan Schaefer’s best score, especially on a course like that.”

Behind Feider, teammate Jacob Tewalt took eighth with a 91, Riley Bott shot a 96 for ninth, eighth grader Devon Caruso shot a 102 for 12th and Seth Hyer rounded out the Pirate score card with a 116 for 18th.

“Our kids were so good about it — with all the confusion, they still went out and they said, ‘we can golf better than that,’” Greene said.

On the girls side, Baumgart finished with five three-putts in her round. Fellow Irish golfer Elizabeth Ruthven tied for fourth with a 116, which Olson said was a breakthrough for his senior golfer.

Pomeroy’s Teresa Myers finished with a 93 for second, which was impressive considering she had never played the course before, Greene said.

“She was fairly pleased, but her goal long-term is to shoot (in the) mid-80s,” Greene said. “I don’t know if that’s going to come this year or not, but we hope so.”

DeSales and Pomeroy are back in action on Tuesday at Wine Valley.

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