PLAQUEMINE — University High golfer Trey Winstead wants to be known as the player that improves the most throughout the season.
If Tuesday is any indication of his ability to improve, he won’t have anything to worry about.
Winstead took home top honors at the Boys Metro Golf Tournament on Tuesday after cutting four strokes off his score from the front nine holes to the back.
“I never really got comfortable out there until the back nine,” Winstead said. “But I started to play better and felt really good about my game on the back.”
“It’s a goal to play my best, but what I want to be known as is the person that keeps improving.”
Winstead sunk two birdies and an eagle on the back half at The Island Country Club to improve his score from 1-over par on the front nine to 3 under on the back, giving him a 70 on the day.
The son of LSU men’s golf coach Chuck Winstead, the U-High junior’s victory wasn’t much of a surprise given he entered the event with the second best stroke average in the metro area at 0.5 strokes-under par per nine holes.
His improvement between the front and back half of the course was also not surprising, given the majority of the 55 golfers who participated did the same.
Thirteen of the tournaments top 20 golfers all improved their scores on the back nine by an average of .4 strokes, including some who cut as many as five strokes from their score.
“Once you get past a couple trouble holes on the back nine, there’s some opportunities to score if you keep it in the safe spots,” said Patrick Dulaney, Catholic coach and Baton Rouge Metro Area Golf Commissioner. “But there’s a couple places where if you got tripped up, your score could implode quickly.”
Winstead was also instrumental in helping the Cubs to a team championship at the event, besting the seven other schools competing for the team title. U-High finished at 292, while runner-up Catholic was 309.
“All year long throughout the metro season, everyone would fire a low score, but we never fired them all at the same time,” U-High coach Brian Simpson said. “But it all clicked today. It’s nice to get everyone shooting a good round at the same time.”
Dunham’s Miller Maestri entered with the lowest stroke average in the metro area but fell behind early and could never make up the lost ground. His struggles were in part due to playing all season with a broken left foot.
Maestri, like the majority of golfers Tuesday, struggled with the second hole, shooting a 4-over with two balls played out of bounds. He finished with a score of 82.
Only 21 golfers finished the second hole with par or better.
“I just made a couple bad swings, and it didn’t get better,” Maestri said of the second hole. “I usually cut the ball and I hit two snap hooks. I wasn’t used to that.
“I liked the look of the hole. … I was ready to get after it and make a birdie, but that didn’t happen.