SHREVEPORT — St. Paul’s bid for a golf repeat fell short Tuesday.
St. Paul’s, which was a co-leader with St. Thomas More after Monday’s opening round, finished seven strokes behind champion Byrd for the Division I championship at East Ridge Country Club.
Byrd freshman Philip Barbaree Jr., sank a 30-foot putt on the second playoff hole to capture the individual title against St. Paul’s Thomas Ruli.
“The day was tough with the high winds,” Ruli said. “It was bittersweet being a senior, my last round of golf playing for St. Paul’s. There were a lot of emotions running all day.”
With the help of a 74 from Jared Sipes, the No. 4 player, Byrd rallied from third place on the final day to capture the title.
Barbaree (71) and Sipes helped Byrd to a 304 second-day total and a 614 tournament mark. 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.
Current 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.
Division II: Benton’s David Cole (2-under 142) won the individual crown and led the Tigers to a 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-under-143) fell a stroke shy of Cole for the state title.
Division III: Led by another 4-under 67 from LSU commitment Sam Burns, Calvary eased to a fifth straight state championship.
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 commitment, 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.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Burns, who has now won three straight individual crowns. “Pretty awesome.”
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.