LAFAYETTE — There was no fairy tale finish for Ben Franklin sophomore Camille Simon at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Golf Championships, but she will take the shot of confidence that came with a solid two-day performance.
“I’m really happy,” Simon said. “Early in the year, I played with some of these girls in other tournaments and I would just play terrible. … I would shoot really high scores, and I couldn’t focus on my mental game. (Tuesday), even though I got an eight on one hole, I tried to keep it together just to play decently.”
Simon entered Tuesday’s final round with a one-stroke lead over last year’s runner up, Hammond sophomore Mary Frances Chauvin, but she couldn’t hold on to it.
She followed up Monday’s even-par 74 with a 7-over 83, good enough for a runner-up finish in the Division I individual standings.
Chauvin carded a 4-over 78 to claim her first state title.
The girls played in blustery conditions at Les Vieux Chenes golf course, and Simon said the big difference between her first- and second-round scores was her approach shots.
“I wasn’t hitting it near the hole as much on my approach shots, so I was left with long putts a lot,” Simon said. “I did ok with them, but not good enough.”
She stumbled out of the gates, going 6-over on her first six holes, but she rallied to go just 3-over on her final 12 holes to close the tournament strong.
“I know what I need to work on now and how to get better,” Simon said.
“I know it’s going to be hard to improve at this point, but I know I can do it. This helps me, especially (Monday), to get motivated.”
Archbishop Hannan eighth-grader Abbey Daniel didn’t show her age in the two-day tournament, finishing as the state runner-up in the Division II tournament.
At one point early in Tuesday’s round, Daniel was tied with East Iberville’s Julia Johnson — who went on to win her third consecutive Division II state title.
Daniel carded three consecutive pars to open up her second round, then followed with a birdie to take a share of the tournament lead.
But Johnson regained the lead on the fifth hole, and Daniel failed to make another charge.
“I didn’t finish strong,” said a somewhat disappointed Daniel. “It wasn’t a really good round, but it was a nice experience. It was just really fun to play in the tournament and compete.”
Sulphur blew away the Division I field, going 160-161 to beat runner up Barbe by 48 strokes for the state title.
Notre Dame rebounded from a nearly ruinous front nine to take home the Division II state title by a 15-stroke margin over Loyola Prep.