CARENCRO — Jesuit and St. Paul’s did not leave The Farm d’Allie Golf Club on Tuesday as state champions.
The traditional golf powers finished in fifth and seventh place at the LHSAA Division I boys golf state championships. The championship trophy instead went to Byrd who repeated as team champion beating out state runner-up Catholic-Baton Rouge by 15 strokes.
Even though they failed to claim a championship, both coaches viewed the event as a stepping stone.
“I wish we would have started out better the first day,” Jesuit coach Owen Seiler said. “I was disappointed with our first day. I think the team was but real happy for Grant (Glorioso) for finishing tied for second. Overall, I think we had a good learning experience, and our whole team is coming back next year. I think next year we will learn from this and try to be more competitive.”
“We were hoping to do a little bit better ,but I am very proud of them,” St. Paul’s coach Luke Barwick said. “They played as hard as they could. They played with character. They played with heart.”
Both teams had something to hang their hat on as both had individual players finish in the top five.
Jesuit’s Grant Glorioso (78-70-148) finished as runner-up along with Catholic of Baton Rouge’s Williams Myers (76-72-148). St. Paul’s Beau Briggs (78-72-150) meanwhile finished tied for fifth with Hahnville’s Colin Troxler (76-74-150) and Byrd’s Carter Toms (73-77-150).
Byrd’s Philipp Barbaree repeated as the Division I champion as he posted a two-round score of 141 (68-73), which was seven strokes better than the runner-ups. Barbaree is also the first Division I repeat winner since Myles Lewis of Jesuit won three in-a-row from 2008-10.
Earlier in the day, University Lab sophomore Trey Winstead wrapped up the Division III boys title with a two-round score of 144 (70-74), which was three strokes better than runner-up Tristan Fruge on Notre Dame.
Parkview Baptist’s B.J. Ragillio (72-76-148) finished in third, Catholic High-New Iberia’s Micah Goulas (74-76-150) placed fourth while St. Charles’ Mikey Landry (79-72-151) and Dunham’s Miller Maestri (80-71-151) finished tied for fifth.
Besides Landry, three other golfers represented the New Orleans area with Newman’s Price Butcher (77-76-153), Northlake Christian’s Stephen Wall (79-77-156) and Pope John Paul II’s Ryan Mundine (82-86-168).
After finishing a state runner-up four times, Dunham broke through by taking the Division III team crown. University Lab finished second with Notre Dame coming in third, followed by Parkview Baptist in fourth, Holy Savior Menard in fifth, Catholic High-New Iberia in sixth with two-time defending Div. III champion Calvary Baptist in a distant seventh and Iowa in eighth.
Calvary Baptist was playing without its top two golfers, including two-time state champion Sam Burns who was playing in another amateur event.
“We actually had a great performance (Monday),” Dunham coach Philip Zimmerman said. “Better day than I was expecting. Things kind of flipped-flopped (Tuesday). Our guys that played really well (Monday) dropped back a little bit and our guys that did not play well (Monday) they played really well (Tuesday). That was really advantage for us.”