BENTON St. Louis Catholic’s Olivia Hansen repeated several times on Monday that she had “a lotta fun out there” on the Palmetto Country Club course despite not shooting as low as she would have liked.
But Hansen’s 75 was good enough to lead the LHSAA Division I girls golf tournament by two strokes over Mary Frances Chauvin of Hammond after the first day of competition. “This course played a little shorter than I’m accustomed to, but that made me place my shots better. It was a lotta fun out there,” said Hansen, a McNeese State-signee. “All in all I thought I played well, but I had some trouble on hole No. 9, where I almost went OB (out of bounds) on a drive. It landed about six inches from the cart path.” The girls D-I and D-II events are being contested on the scenic Palmetto course and the event will conclude on Tuesday. High winds on Monday affected the scores, especially those who teed off late, but few of the players complained. East Iberville freshman Julia Johnson is leading D-II with a first-round 76, but LSU-signee Sydney Cavin of Dunham is just a stroke off the pace.
“I thought the conditions were great out there,” Johnson said. “When we made the turn we could definitely feel the wind and you had to think about how it would affect the ball on every shot. It was very obvious. The course played firm.” After breaking away from a meeting for the Louisiana Tri-State Golf Team, Cavin said she didn’t make good decisions on the back nine. “And I paid the price. I made five bogeys on the back so there wasn’t a lot positive,” said Cavin, who had trouble with Palmetto’s No. 5. “I was OK off the drive, but I got greedy on my second shot and ended up out of bounds. But I stuck it to five feet and was able to save bogey. That was the story of my day.” Other D-I scores included top seeded Savannah Ennis of St. Scholastica (86), Caitlyn Bernard of Chapelle (89), Aoife O’Donovan of Neville (82), Jessica Varner of St. Joseph (81); Hillary Washington of Teurlings (82), Mattison McCain of Grant (82) and Camille Simon of Ben Franklin (82). Byrd’s Meg Brown shot an 83. In D-II, Angelica Harris of McGehee shot a 78, while Anna Heine of University Lab (80), Taylor Kennedy of Runnels (85) and Mattison Bates of Menard (86) are in the hunt.