LAFAYETTE — Westminster Christian junior Jack Tolson got off to a great start in defending his Division IV state championship in Monday’s opening round of Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA state golf championships.
Tolson carded an 8-under 64 that included seven birdies and an eagle on the 520-yard par-5 14th hole at The Wetlands Golf Course.
He only bogeyed one hole Monday, and enters Tuesday’s final round with an eight-stroke lead on Runnels’ Grant Welch, who was the only other player in Division IV to break par.
None of Episcopal of Acadiana’s players came close to matching Tolson’s blazing pace Monday, but that didn’t matter. The Falcons entered the tournament as the divison’s top seed and showed why Monday, posting a top team score of 318.
The next closest team, Archbishop Hannan, checked in 13 strokes behind Episcopal of Acadiana at 331.
The Falcons’ top player Monday was Ben Adams, who finished the opening round in a tie for eighth place after shooting a 5-over 77.
Notre Dame finished the first day at The Farm D’Allie in Carencro in a three-way tie for first place in Division III, along with University Lab and Dunham, with a team score of 313, while Catholic-New Iberia is all alone in sixth place with a team score of 333.
In the individual standings, Catholic-New Iberia’s Micah Goulas was the top local finisher in Division III after one round, checking in at fourth place with a 74, four strokes behind leader Trey Winstead.
Notre Dame teammates Tristan Fruge and Ryan Fulton each shot a 75 in the opening round to finish in a tie for fifth place with Dunham’s Frankie Manale.
The Division II boys played The Wetlands in the afternoon, where Teurlings Catholic finished the day in fifth place on the team standings with a 326 team score.
Taylor Morton had the best day for the Rebels, carding a 5-over 77 to finish the first round in a tie for 14th place on the individual leaderboard. He was followed by teammates Jake Walker and Conner Hamilton, who shot 80 and 81.
Benton compiled a 5-under 283 team score to take a commanding 20-stroke lead in the Division II team race.
Four Benton golfers finished the opening round in the top six of the individual leaderboard, led by Jacob Wyatt, who shot a 6-under 66 to take the individual lead.
The St. Thomas More boys team finished the opening round of the Division I tournament in a tie for third place with Barbe High School after compiling a team score of 310. The Cougars have some ground to make up on Division I leader C.E. Byrd, who fired a 291 to take a large lead going into Tuesday’s round, but they’re one stroke back of Catholic-Baton Rouge for the runner up position.
Drew Gonzalez and John Davis each shot a 2-over 74 to finish the round in a tie for fourth place on the individual leaderboard.