BENTON — The first day of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s girls state golf tournament proved to be a good one for Baton Rouge area teams and individuals.
East Iberville freshman Julia Johnson carded first-round 76 to finish one stroke ahead of The Dunham School’s Sydney Cavin in the Division II competition.
Defending champion University High tops the Division II leaderboard with a 171, the day’s top team score. Notre Dame (182), Menard (187) and McGehee (187) are next.
St. Michael the Archangel leads a trio of three Baton Rouge teams at the top of the Division I rankings with a 173, just two strokes ahead of St. Joseph’s Academy (175). Zachary High is third at 179.
St. Louis Catholic’s Olivia Hansen shot a 75 and holds a two-stroke lead in Division I over Mary Frances Chauvin of Hammond after the first day of competition.
The girls D-I and D-II tourneys are being contested at Palmetto Country Club and will conclude on Tuesday. High winds on Monday affected the scores, especially those who teed off late, but few of the players complained.
“I thought the conditions were great out there,” East Iberville’s Johnson said. “When we made the turn, we could definitely feel the wind and you had to think about how it would affect the ball on every shot. It was very obvious. The course played firm.”
After breaking away from a meeting for the Louisiana Tri-State Golf Team, Cavin said she didn’t make good decisions on the back nine.
“And I paid the price. I made five bogeys on the back so there wasn’t a lot positive,” said Cavin, who had trouble with Palmetto’s No. 5. “I was OK off the drive, but I got greedy on my second shot and ended up out of bounds. But I stuck it to five feet and was able to save bogey. That was the story of my day.”
Other D-I scores included top seeded Savannah Ennis of St. Scholastica (86), Caitlyn Bernard of Chapelle (89), Aoife O’Donovan of Neville (82), Jessica Varner of St. Joseph’s (81); Hillary Washington of Teurlings (82), Mattison McCain of Grant (82) and Camille Simon of Ben Franklin (82). Byrd’s Meg Brown shot an 83.
Camille Savoie shot an 85 to pace St. Michael. Paige Johnson (89) paced Zachary.
In D-II, Angelica Harris of McGehee shot a 78, while Anna Heine of University Lab (80), Taylor Kennedy of Runnels (85) and Mattison Bates of Menard (86) are in the hunt.
“I’m pleased with how we played,” UHS coach Vickie Braud said. “But there is still a lot of golf to be played.”