DeSales golfers impress at Golfland

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PASCO — The DeSales boys trounced the competition at a four-team prep golf jamboree at Golfland here on Thursday.

The Irish won with a team score of 112, which led Tri-Cities Prep (148) and St. John-Endicott (167). Liberty Christian scored an incomplete as a team, but had medalist Isaiah Ojeda lead the field with a 2-under-25.

The Irish girls team finished second with a team score of 175 to Tri Cities Prep, which finished with a 163. St. John-Endicott finished with an incomplete and Liberty Christian could not field a girls team.

DeSales junior Lucas Lyons led the boys team with a 1-under-26 for second place. Teammate Jarod Konen finished third with a 27 and eighth grader Matt Baumgart took fourth with a 2-over-29.

The remainder of the DeSales lineup — Scott Kimball, Dan Schaefer and Steven Xiao — all shot 30, respectively, for a three-way tie for fifth.

“The most important thing here, our top four guys were four-over par,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said. “That’s the best we’ve had at a nine-hole (course) in my coaching career. It’s early in the season but if that’s an indication, it’s very encouraging. We’ve got some great competition.”

DeSales sophomore Emily Baumgart led the girls team with a 1-over-28 ­— good for first-place finish individually. Teammate Jane Connelly finished fourth with a 42, Elizabeth Ruthven fired a 52 for 11th place and Alicia Haider finished 12th with a 53.

Baumgart, who has finished second at state the past two years, started the season with a medal.

“That’s a really good start,” Olson said. “I’m very hopeful she’ll continue her winning ways and she has a very good shot at winning the state tournament.”

The shot of the tournament belonged to St. John-Endicott’s Nele Lempke, who fired a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. Lempke, a German exchange student, fired the ace in her first nine-hole competition of her career.

The Irish return to action in the Blue Mountain Cup on Wednesday. The local three-team tournament with Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla Valley Academy opens at the Milton-Freewater golf course.

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