Defending state champion Calvary Baptist Academy, led by junior Nathan Jeansonne’s medalist round of 70 at Links on the Bayou, won its sixth straight LHSAA regional title with a 310 score, and Iowa, led by Javon Perry’s 77, was second in the Division III event at 323. Notre Dame of Crowley was fourth at 335.
Jeansonne, an LSU commitment who finished second by one shot to teammate Sam Burns at last year’s state tournament, collected six birdies in a round that featured a feast-or-famine back nine with nary a par until the 17th hole. He birdied 10 and 11, bogeyed 12, birdied 13, bogeyed 14, birdied 15 and bogeyed 16.
He sank a 20-foot putt for a birdie at 13 and barely missed an 8-foot putt for eagle for a tap-in birdie at 15.
“The wind started blowing around hole 14, but it was calm before then,” said Jeansonne, who was runner-up at an American Junior Golf Association tournament at Texas A&M in April — around the time he said his game kicked in to a higher level after a “struggling start” to the season.
Other scorers in Calvary’s winning effort were: Burns (73), Ryan Alford (83) and Gunner Russell (84). Alford is the team’s only senior. Burns and Russell are juniors like Jeansonne, and Lee is a sophomore.
Calvary will be trying to win its fifth straight state title at East Ridge, which is the home course for three of the team’s golfers, said Calvary coach Sam Rogers.
Junior Thomas Wilmore and three eighth-graders from Holy Savior Menard are going to the state tournament.
Menard compiled a 331 score for a third-place finish. The top four teams qualify for the 36-hole state tournament scheduled Monday and Tuesday at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport.
“We’ve got one player on our team who can drive a car, and the rest are eighth-graders,” said Menard volunteer coach John Flynn with a smile.
Wilmore, who had the top-seeded district score of 73 entering the tournament, led Menard with an 80, followed by Charlie Flynn at 81. Ben Vanderlick and Brooks Anderson each scored 85.
“Considering the wind, we did really well,” said coach Flynn. “Ben and Brooks have just been playing a couple of years, so they did extremely well for having played golf for such a short period of time. We’re really looking forward to next year and the next few years at Menard.”
The top four individual scorers from non-qualifying teams also qualified for state. Oakdale had two players tie for the final individual spot at 87, but Nick Adams won the berth by virtue of being the only one present for what would have been a playoff. Timothy Townley, the other Oakdale player at 87, had long since left the course to travel to a regional track and field meet, according to Oakdale coach Joe Brown.
The other three individual qualifiers were all from Red River — Stephen Jones (78), Nathan Moseley (80) and Tanner Lee (83).
GIRLS REGIONALS: Menard, led by Mattison Bates’ medalist round of 84, finished second to Notre Dame of Crowley in the LHSAA’s Region I, Division II girls golf tournament Thursday at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club.
The best two scores of three players competing for each team were counted toward the team score in the girls tournaments. The top four teams and the top four scorers from non-qualifying teams qualified for the state tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Shreveport Country Club.
Notre Dame won with a low score of 177 points, followed by Menard (183), Sterlington (199) and Castor (235). Cassidy Goff (89) and Emily Lucas (98) were the scorers for Notre Dame, and Amelia Hensel (99) was Menard’s other scorer.
The four individual qualifiers were: Lucia Boyd, Loyola (106); Taylor Johnson, Hackberry (110), Chelsey Hebert, Basile (113) and Bailey Pender, North DeSoto (113).
St. Joseph of Baton Rouge won the Region I, Division I girls tournament at AGCC with a 176 score. Jessica Varner of St. Joseph shared the low score at 83 with two others — Aoife O’Donouah of Neville and Olivia Hansen of St. Louis Catholic.
Mattison McCain of Grant, with an 89, joined Hansen among the four individuals who qualified for state from non-qualifying teams. The other two were Hillary Washington (88) of Teurlings Catholic and Meg Brown (94) of Byrd.
The other qualifying teams were Zachary (183), St. Michael (197) and Neville (199). Pineville placed sixth at 240, and Leesville was last at ninth with a 259.