Shreveport will be high school golf central for the next two days.
Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Golf tournaments for boys teams in four divisions and girls teams in two divisions will play out on three Shreveport area courses.
Action begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the East Ridge Country Club and Huntington Park Golf Course for boys teams. Girls tee times start at 1 p.m. at Benton’s Palmetto Country Club.
Division III boys teams tee off at 8 a.m. at East Ridge, with Division I teams set to begin their tee times at 1 p.m.
At Huntington, Division IV teams tee off at 8 a.m. followed by Division II teams at 1 p.m. Girls Divisions I-II competitors all start at 1 p.m.
Only one Baton Rouge team, the University High girls of Division II, won a state title last season. Here is a breakdown of what to expect at the two-day tourneys that end Tuesday.
Catholic High placed second to Jesuit last week in regional play and leads the local Division I contingent. The Bears placed third behind champion St. Paul’s last season.
“We played in a tough regional last week,” Catholic coach Patrick Dulaney said. “We know that some of the schools from up north like West Monroe, Airline and Byrd are very good, so we know we have our work cut out for us.
“I like the attitude and the mindset we’ve had in practice and the practice round. We’re one of several teams capable of doing well. It will come down to who can handle the course.”
Byrd’s Philip Barbaree posted the top regional score with a 66, while Blake Caldwell, of Ponchatoula, was at 70. Grant Glorioso, of Jesuit; Drew Gonzales, St. Thomas More; and Triston Elston, Catholic, were next.
There will be no shortage of local contenders in Division III also being played at East Ridge. Parkview Baptist coach B.J. Andrews said the first five holes on the hill-laden course will be crucial.
PBS was the Division II runner-up a year ago but dropped to Division III this season. Trey Winstead, of University, and Nathan Jeansonne, of Calvary Baptist, were the top regional qualifiers at 70. UHS’ Michael Sotile and Brek Balentine, of Parkview, were at 72. UHS and PBS figure to be in the hunt for the team title along with champion Calvary.
Benton is the defending Division II champion set to play at Huntington Park. South Lafourche’s Nick Bruce (73) was the top regional qualifier.
Cedar Creek is the defending Division IV champion. Westminster Christian’s Jack Tolson III (72) and Jamison Thomassee, of Opelousa Catholic (73), were the top qualifiers. Tucker Landry, of Ascension Catholic, was the top area qualifier.
St. Joseph’s Academy U-High were both regional winners in their respective divisions and figure to be title contenders. St. Thomas More won the Division I title a year ago.
“We played extremely well in the regional last week,” SJA coach Brad Buras said. “I like our chances, and I like Zachary’s chances, too. It’s wide open.”
St. Scholastica’s Savannah Ennis (79) had the top Division I qualifying score. SJA’s Jessica Varner (83) and Zachary’s Paige Johnson (88) were among top qualifiers.
Julia Johnson, of East Iberville, won the Division II girls title a year ago while playing for Episcopal. Dunham’s Sydney Cavin (70), Johnson (74) and U-High’s Anna Heine (76) were the top three Division II qualifiers.