ALEXANDRIA — Philip Barbaree of Shreveport shot a 4-under par 66 to win the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur Championship by six strokes on Friday at the Links on the Bayou, while posting record-setting numbers along the way.
His 54-hole total of 19-under par 197 is the best score ever posted in the event that began in 1958. Barbaree eclipsed the old record of 204 by seven strokes. Baton Rouge’s Triston Elston also broke previous mark while placing second with a 13-under 203. Elston shot a 69 Friday.
Drew Gonzales of Lafayette finished third at 9-under 207 and carded a 68 during the final round. Slidell’s Jacob Bergeron (208) was third. Jacob Wyatt of Bossier City recorded the day’s low round — a 7-under 65 and tied for fifth with Lake Charles’ Eric Brown at 211.
Defending champion Price Butcher of New Orleans and Baton Rouge’s Trey Winstead were part of a seventh-place tie.
Other scores under par on Wednesday were shot by: Matt Ramsey of Mansfield (67), Gonzales (68), Carter Toms of Shreveport (68), Elston (69), Brown (70), Grant Glorioso of Metairie (70), Bergeron (71), Jack Tolson III of Opelousas (71), and William Meyers of Baton Rouge (71).
Barbaree joins a select group of golfers that includes PGA Tour winners Hal Sutton, David Toms, Willie Wood, and Brain Bateman, and current PGA Tour player Andrew Loupe as LGA Junior Amateur Champions.
Johnson wins Junior Girls
Baton Rouge’s Julia Johnson of Baton Rouge captured her second consecutive Junior Girls Amateur Championship Thursday at Money Hill Golf and Country Club in Abita Springs. Johnson shot rounds of 71-76 to win the title to finish at 147.
Baton Rouge’s Taylor Kennedy was second at 154, followed by Hammond’s Mary Chauvin (156). Aoife O’Donovan of Monroe (172) Emily Lucas of Crowley (173) Madison Bates of Alexandria (174) were the other top flight finishers at the 49th junior girls tourney conducted by the Louisiana Women’s Golf Association.