LHS girls place 3rd at Wildhorse

By Observer Upload April 04, 2013 12:56 pm

The Observer staff

MISSION — The La Grande girls golf team shot its best score of the season Monday, taking third place at Wildhorse Golf Course with a 416.

Pendleton won the event with a 402, and Hermiston was second with a 413.

“Everybody improved on their score again,” LHS assistant coach Jayne Baremore said. “They are doing really good. I’m very proud.”

Kayli Miles finished third individually with a career tournament-best 84. Carrie Wallace was fifth with a 91.

Tessa VanLaarhoven carded a 114, Samantha Dunham shot a 127 and Cassidee Miller shot a 140.

Hermiston’s Madison Welch won a playoff against Emily Baumgart of DeSales to win the individual title. Both girls shot an 82. Pendleton’s Rachael Phinney shot an 87.

Boys take ninth

MISSION — The La Grande boys golf team finished ninth out of 12 teams at Wildhorse Golf Course on Monday.

The Tigers shot their lowest score of the year, finishing with a 363.

“The boys did really good,” LHS head coach Ron Evans said. “I’m glad they finally got to play in some nice weather.”

Jake Girard shot a team-best 79, while Daniel Seymour carded an 88.

James Laurence finished with a 93, and Andrew Branen shot a 102. Cole Laci rounded out the team scoring with a 111.

“Those are really big greens (at Wildhorse). They’re fast. And we never really play that well on big greens,” Evans said.

Ryan Baumgart of DeSales and Dakota Baker of Waitsburg, Wash., both shot 69 for the individual title. Nick Mandel of Hanford, Wash., shot a 71.

Hanford (Wash.) won the team title after finishing with a 299.

La Grande will be back in action on Friday when they play in Milton-Freewater.