SHREVEPORT — With the help of a 74 from Jared Sipes, the No. 4 player, Byrd High School rallied from third place on the final day to capture the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division I boys golf championship Tuesday at East Ridge Country Club.
Yellow Jackets freshman Philip Barbaree Jr. sunk a 30-foot putt on the second playoff hole to capture the individual title against St. Paul’s Thomas Ruli.
Barbaree (71) and Sipes helped Byrd to a 304 second-day total and a 614 tournament mark. St. Paul’s finished seven strokes behind, while Catholic High rallied to finish third at 622.
“It’s good to bring the championship back to Byrd,” said Barbaree, who finished with a 4-over 146 total.
Yellow Jackets coach Casey Martin was a member of the last title team in 1997. Jeffrey Berry, Carter Toms (son of former LSU golfer David Toms) and Henry O’Brien rounded out the Yellow Jackets’ championship roster.
Ruli hit the ball inside Barbaree on the second playoff hole, but saw his 18-foot putt slip just by the hole.
“The day was tough with the high winds,” Ruli said. “It was bittersweet (with me) being (a) senior; my last round of golf playing for St. Paul’s. There were a lot of emotions running all day.”
Triston Elston finished third at 148 to pace Catholic after carding a 71 during Tuesday’s round. Collin Troxler of Hahnville was fourth and Ponchatoula’s Blake Caldwell placed fifth, both at 150. St. Thomas More’s Drew Gonzales was ninth at 153.
DIVISION II: Benton’s David Cole (2-under 142) won the individual crown and led the Tigers to decisive 30-stroke win in the team competition at Huntington Park Golf Course.
Benton’s two-day total of 610 bested runner-up St. Louis Catholic. North DeSoto, led by individual runner-up Matt Ramsey, finished third at 646. Ramsey (1-under143) fell a single stroke shy of Cole for the state title.
West Feliciana’s Davis Field finished 15th at 158 to pace the Baton Rouge contingent.
DIVISION III: Led by another 4-under 67 from LSU commit Sam Burns, Calvary eased to a fifth straight state championship at East Ridge Country Club. The Cavaliers, who entered the final round with a 45-stroke advantage, won by 59 strokes (592 total) over runner-up Parkview Baptist (651). University High grabbed third at 659.
Burns’ teammate and fellow LSU commit, Nathan Jeansonne (69-73), was the runner-up in the individual competition.
Catholic-New Iberia’s Micah Goulas picked up the third-place medal at 147.
Even though Burns has a U.S. Open qualifier to look forward to next week, and a host of top-level junior and amateur events, high school golf holds a special place in his heart.
University High’s Michael Sotile (sixth at 156), Parkview Baptist’s Brek Balentine (seventh at 157) and University High Trey Winstead (ninth at 158) were the top Baton Rouge finishers.
DIVISION IV: St. Mary’s (678) edged Opelousas Catholic by a single stroke to win the team event at Huntington Park. Cedar Creek, looking for a sixth straight team trophy, finished third, 16 strokes off the pace.
Westminster Christian’s Jack Tolson III fired a 71 (the best round of the day by five strokes) to win the individual competition at 148, one shot better than Opelousas Catholic’s Jamison Thomassee.
Two Baton Rouge competitors placed in the top six. Runnels’ Grant Welch was fifth (157), just ahead of Ascension Catholic’s Tucker Landry was sixth (159).