SHREVEPORT — With four teams within six strokes of the lead, the second day of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s boys state golf tournament for Division I competitors figures to be a real doozy.
Defending champion St. Paul’s leads at 308 strokes Monday, midway through the event. Homestanding Byrd (310), St. Thomas More (312) and Catholic High (314) are all close behind in the event being played at East Ridge Country Club.
“It’s exciting. We didn’t play pretty well, but we stuck in there. The course played tough today. It’s nice to see we’re in the thick of it,” Catholic’s Matt Jakuback said following his team-best 75 during a breezy day on the links.
Jakuback was one of three Catholic golfers to break 80. After getting one competitive round in at the par-71 venue, he’s confident his team can pull through Tuesday.
There was some confusion initially with St. Paul’s and STM both listed at 308. A scoring error was detected late Monday night and corrected team scores were posted on the LHSAA’s website.
Meanwhile, Calvary Baptist Academy built a 45-stroke lead in Division III also at East Ridge.
“We’ll have a little more course knowledge and be able to go low Tuesday,” Jakuback said.
Byrd’s Jeffrey Berry leads the individual competition following his opening 72.
“We kind of scraped it around a bit, but we held it together,” St. Thomas More golfer Drew Gonzales said following his 76. Teammate John Davis led the way with 74.
Solid opening rounds by Thomas Ruli (73) and Beau Briggs (74) helped St. Paul’s grab the lead.
Tuesday presents a big opportunity for Byrd. With just a couple of strokes to make up on the frontrunners, it could get interesting. Berry and Philip Barbaree (75) were the only Byrd golfers in the 70s in the opening round.
DIVISION II: At Huntington Park Golf Course, Benton’s David Cole fired a 2-under-par 70 to help lift the Tigers to a 308 total and a 12-stroke lead over North DeSoto. E.D. White is third at 326.
North DeSoto’s Matt Ramsey (71) was the only other golfer beside Cole to break par. Live Oak’s Tyler Cain and West Feliciana’s Davis Field each shot an 80 to lead the list of BR competitors.
DIVISION III: Calvary is halfway to a fifth straight title after posting a 3-over 287 team total.
Four straight birdies by Sam Burns down the stretch and a steady morning round by fellow LSU commit Nathan Jeansonne helped the Cavaliers create a stunning lead. Burns shook off a double bogey at No. 13 and rallied to post a 4-under 67. Jeansonne birdied his final hole to shoot 69.
There is a logjam in the race for second. Parkview Baptist is at 332 while Catholic-New Iberia and U-High posted 333 totals. Notre Dame is two off the runner-up spot at 334.
Catholic-NI’s Micah Goulas is third in the Division III individual race after firing a 70.
U-High’s Michael Sotile (79) and Parkview’s Daniel Schroeder (80) were the top BR finishers.
DIVISION IV: St. Mary’s (334) owns a slim lead entering Tuesday’s final round at Huntington. Opelousas Catholic (338), followed by Cedar Creek (348), seeking its sixth straight championship.
Opelousas Catholic golfers Jamison Thomassee (73) and Kristian Fontenot (74) lead the individual race. Tucker Landry of Ascension Catholic (77) and Grant Welch of Runnels (80) led the list of Baton Rouge competitors.