Notre Dame captured both of the titles up for grabs Wednesday on the first day of the Acadiana Area High School Golf League’s postseason play.
Winning a third and final title Thursday might be more difficult.
The Pioneers captured both the girls varsity title and the boys junior varsity crown Wednesday on the rain-delayed first day of competition in the local prep golf league, winning both titles by comfortable margins on their home Bayou Bend Country Club course in Crowley.
The local league’s most prestigious event is set for Thursday over the Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club course in Broussard. Not only will that course, which hosted the Web.com Tour’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open three weeks ago, provide a stiff test, but a 17-team field that includes all of last year’s top finishers will be on hand for the 1 p.m. shotgun start.
In Thursday’s boys varsity field are Acadiana, Ascension Episcopal, Catholic-New Iberia, Comeaux, Delcambre, Episcopal School of Acadiana, Hanson, Lafayette High, Lafayette Christian, North Vermilion, Notre Dame, Opelousas Catholic, St. Thomas More, Teurlings Catholic, Thibodaux Academy, Westgate and Westminster.
St. Thomas More is the defending AAHSGL boys varsity champion, posting a 322 team score to win by five strokes over Notre Dame. Cathlolic-New Iberia was third in last year’s team race and had the individual winner in Micah Goulas, who posted a two-under-par 70 at Squirrel Run to win by three strokes over STM’s John Davis.
Goulas and Davis are back in the chase for individual honors, along with 2014 fifth-place finisher Jack Tolson and STM’s Drew Gonzales, who won the 2013 LHSAA Division II state individual title as a freshman. Gonzales and Davis were part of STM’s fourth-place team in the Division I state championships last spring.
The AAHSGL includes all high school golf teams in the Acadiana area regardless of classification, since there is no local district play in prep golf. The teams play a regular-season schedule of eight three- or four-team matches before this week’s tournament that wraps up the local season.
LHSAA postseason play begins next week with district and regional competition, and the state tournament for both boys and girls is scheduled May 4-5 at The Wetlands, the Farm d’Allie and Les Vieux Chenes as Lafayette hosts the consolidated state events for the first time.
Notre Dame’s Emily Lucas and Cassidy Goff posted two of the three best individual scores in Wednesday’s girls varsity tournament, carding 81 and 84 for a team 165 score. That was good enough for a 10-stroke win over Catholic-New Iberia, which finished at 175 and was bolstered by Shrayan Thibodaux’s 84 that tied Goff for second in the individual chase.
The Pioneers boys junior varsity team had an even easier time Wednesday, with its 343 score good enough for a 27-stroke win over JV runner-up STM. Notre Dame also had two of the top three individual finishers in that division, with J. T. Swacker carding a six-over 78 and Jack Nickel posting an 81 to share runner-up honors with STM’s Clay Broussard.