Sam Burns used another back-nine rally to cap his third straight LHSAA state golf championship Tuesday at East Ridge Country Club. Burns’ second-straight 67 completed an 8-under 134 tournament total, good enough for an eight-stroke victory against teammate Nathan Jeansonne (69-73) in the LHSAA Division III competition.
Calvary, who the team portion of the event by 45 strokes after Day 1, cruised to a 59-shot victory (592 strokes) to collect its fifth consecutive state championship.
Parkview Baptist (651) finished as the runner-up, while University High grabbed third at 659.
Catholic-New Iberia’s Micah Goulas picked up the third-place medal in the individual race at 147.
Like Monday’s opening round, Burns had trouble finding momentum early, but a birdie at No. 5 setup an eagle at No. 7.
“That really got me going,” said Burns, who birdied 14, 15 and 16 again Tuesday.
Even though Burns has a U.S. Open qualifier to look forward to next week, and a host of top-level junior and amateur events, high school golf – and his Calvary teammates — holds a special place in this 17-year-old’s heart.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Burns said. “Pretty awesome.”
Jeansonne collected his second straight runner-up finish to Burns, a fellow LSU commit, but was nothing but smiles after another team title.
“It’s pretty big,” Jeansonne said.