CARENCRO – Byrd went one-two-three in the individual rankings and used that balance to take a huge first-day lead Monday in the opening round of the LHSAA boys’ Division I state golf championships.
Led by the four-under-par 68 of defending individual champion Phillip Barbaree, Byrd turned in a three-over 291 team score and holds an 18-stroke lead over Catholic High of Baton Rouge at 309. St. Thomas More and Barbe were one more stroke back at 310 in the team rankings heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Byrd is gunning for its second straight title after winning last year’s Division I crown by a seven-stroke margin over St. Paul’s.
Barbaree, who won a playoff for last year’s individual title, birdied three of his first four holes Monday over the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie course. He birdied the par-five first and fourth holes and eventually finished with six birdies.
Teammates Carter Toms and Mason Barr both turned in one-over 73 scores and are tied for second in the individual list, with Barr posting four birdies and Toms parring in the final eight holes after birdieing the 10th.
Drew Gonzales and John Davis of St. Thomas More are tied for fourth along with Zac Ciesla of Barbe at two-over 74, while Austin Campbell of Barbe was one more stroke back at 75.
In the girls tournament, Captain Shreve’s Rachel Dupree shot an 88 in the girls tournament while Meg Brown of Byrd also shot an 88.
LAFAYETTE – Defending champion Benton made it look easy Monday in the opening round of the Division II boys’ competition, putting four if its individuals in the top six and taking a commanding lead in the team competition.
Led by the six-under-par 66 score of Jacob Wyatt, Benton posted a five-under-par 283 team score and holds a 20-stroke lead over runner-up St. Louis going into Tuesday’s final round. St. Louis was also runner-up in the 2014 Division II championships.
Hayden White and Corbin Cantrell each added even-par 72 scores for Benton and David Cole was one stroke back with a 73. They ranked tied for third and sixth respectively in the individual chase.
Wyatt had six birdies and an eagle over the 6,348-yard par-72 The Wetlands course, including a 32 on the back side when he eagled the par-five 11th and birdied the par-four 14th and the par-three 17th. He also had four birdies on the front along with two bogeys.
In the Division II tournament in Youngsville, defending champion Julia Johnson is the individual leader and Notre Dame has a solid lead in the team race after day one of the girls’ Division II LHSAA state golf championship.
The Lady Pios, who finished second to University Lab in last year’s Division II team race, got an 82 from Emily Lucas and an 84 from Cassidy Goff for a team 166 total after the first round over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes course. That was good enough for a 15-stroke advantage over runner-up Loyola Prep heading into Tuesday’s final round. Alden Wallace led Loyola with a 79.
CARENCRO – Notre Dame, University Lab and Dunham are in a rare three-way tie for first place after the first day of competition in the Division III LHSAA state golf championship.
The three all recorded 25-over-par 313 scores in Monday’s first round over the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie course, and will be shooting for the team title in Tuesday’s final round which begins at 8 a.m. Menard is a distant fourth behind the three leading teams at 329. Last year’s top two finishers in the team competition, Calvary Baptist and Parkview Baptist are well back in seventh and sixth respectively.
Calvary played the opening round without its top two finishers from last year’s championship team, with Sam Burns and Nathan Jeansonne both withdrawing. Gunner Russell led the way for Calvary with an 83.
LAFAYETTE – Episcopal of Acadiana holds the team lead and defending division champion Jack Tolson of Westminster Christian has a big advantage in the individual race after the opening day of the boys’ Division IV LHSAA state golf championship.
ESA, the number one seed in boys’ Division IV from the regional round, did not have an individual player in Monday’s top seven but used team balance to post a 30-over-par 318 score on Monday’s first trip around the 6,348-yard par-72 The Wetlands course.