CARENCRO — University High put two players in the top five and ran out to a huge team advantage, and Catholic-New Iberia’s Micah Goulas posted a blazing front nine in taking the individual lead on the first day of the Division III boys tournament of the LHSAA state golf championships Wednesday.
Defending individual champion Trey Winstead posted a 4-under-par 68, and teammate Parker Johnson shot 1-under 71 to lead the Cubs to a 299 team score on the Farm d’Allie course. That was good for an 18-stroke edge over second-place Catholic-New Iberia after one trip around the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie course.
Goulas eagled the 540-yard par-5 first hole and added birdies on the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes to make the turn at 7-under 29. The senior and fourth-place finisher last year was 8-under through 12 holes but bogeyed three straight at the 13th through 15th, but he parred in from there for a 5-under 67 to lead the medalist chase.
Winstead also had a strong front nine, with an eagle on the 528-yard par-5 fourth hole and two birdies in making the turn at 4-under 32 and adding a birdie at the par-4 10th. Winstead finished with five straight pars and stands one stroke back in the individual event entering Thursday’s final round.
Joe Bourque of Iowa and Price Butcher of Isidore Newman are tied for third at 2-under 70, and Johnson joined Garrett Dolecheck of Ouachita Christian and Mikey Landry of St. Charles Catholic tied for fifth at 1-under 71. They were the only players to beat par in Wednesday’s first round.
Final-round play begins at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Carter Toms carded a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 to help pace his C. E. Byrd team to the first-day lead in Division I of the state championships Farm d’Allie course.
Toms made an eagle on the 528-yard par-5 fourth hole and added three birdies on the back side to take a six-stroke lead in the individual chase heading into Thursday’s final round. Teammate Philip Barbaree, the returning individual champion, is alone in second place after posting a 1-over 73 over the 6,516-yard course.
Byrd, the two-time defending team champion in Division I, also got 78 scores from Marshall Laborde and Reed Sikes on the way to a 296 team score. That was good enough for an 11-stroke lead over St. Thomas More at 307, while West Monroe and 2015 runner-up Catholic High of Baton Rouge are tied for third at 310.
Barbaree, though, had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 161-yard 13th hole.
Matt Weber of St. Thomas More, Brady Bennett of Zachary and Zack North of West Monroe are tied for third at 3-over 75, and Ray Poche of Fontainebleau and Stewart Perrilloux of Catholic-Baton Rouge are tied for sixth at 4-over 76.
Episcopal of Acadiana sits atop the Division IV leaderboard with a 320 after one round on The Wetlands course in Lafayette.
Alex Billeaud, who shot a 3-over 75, registered AES’ top score. The Falcons hold a 12-stroke lead over second-place Hamilton Christian.
The low individual score in Division IV belonged to Country Day’s William Boyd, who fired an even-par 72. St. John’s Michael D’Albour is second with a 73.
Loranger’s Kristofer Kerr put on a show, knocking in four birdies on the back nine to post a 5-under 67 that included six birdies to take the individual lead in Division II at The Wetlands course in Lafayette.
Another player who generated lots of buzz in the afternoon group was E.D. White eighth-grader Nick Arcement, who is at 3-under 69.
On the team side, four-time defending Division II champion Benton leads with a 6-over 294. The Tigers hold a 10-stroke lead over second-place E.D. White.
The state tournament concludes Thursday at The Wetlands.