A senior-laden St. Thomas More squad went out in style at Shreveport Country Club on Thursday. Behind the play of medalist Lauren Aillet, the Cougars pulled away from St. Joseph’s Academy to win its fifth consecutive Division I state golf championship.
“It feels really, really good; especially because we’re all seniors,” Aillet said after her team’s 16-stroke victory. “There was pressure because it was our last time, but we all kind of knew we just had to play our own game.”
St. Thomas More posted a 20-over 162 total on Thursday to finish at 325 for the event. St. Scholastic finished third at 356.
Thursday also offered a perfect finishing touch on Aillet’s prep career. Her lone goal prior to her St. Thomas More swansong was to win state.
Following Wednesday’s 79, Aillet, who plans to continue her golf career at the University of New Orleans, posted an 81. Her 160 total bested St. Joseph Academy’s Tayler Thompson (84-80) by four shots.
Aillet’s teammate, Danielle Perez (84-81), finished third in the individual race.
In the Division II contest, Anna Heine and Julia Johnson claim they’ve been playing golf together for “a long time.”
Perhaps when you’re in eighth grade, several years just seems like an eternity.
Heine and Johnson stole the show Thursday, battling the elements and emerging with state titles.
Heine, who shot an 8-over 79 in the final round, and teammates Maggie Westbrook (99) and Holland Garner (106) secured a historic state championship for University Lab.
“It’s cool; we’ve never done it before,” said Heine, a three-year veteran for the Cubs.
University Lab (67-over 351) held off a rally from defending champion McGehee to win by six strokes.
Dunham (361) finished third.
Episcopal’s Johnson fired her second-straight 73 to earn the individual championship.
“I’m exhausted,” said Johnson, who beat Heine (154) by eight. “I could have finished better, but my nerves were there a lot today. I wasn’t comfortable going in with the lead.”
She could have fooled her competition. Johnson quelled any butterflies with a 30-foot par save on her opening hole.
“I was confident after that,” said Johnson, who began playing golf around 3.
“My father was a basketball coach, but he didn’t like the environment basketball created,” Johnson said. “So he put a club in my hands.”
Johnson has room for four more titles, but she’ll certainly get pressed from Heine.
“I have to keep it up; from here on out stay strong and play my game until I graduate,” Johnson said. “I hope that’s enough to get into a D-I college; that’s all I’m looking for.”
Taylor Kennedy (80-78) from Runnels finished third in the D-II individual race.