Former Catholic High golfer Matthew Jakuback shot a 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday at Santa Maria Golf Course to grab the first-round lead at BREC’s Baton Rouge Junior Championship.
Donnie Lacombe is a second at 72, while Cole Arsenault is at 73. Anna Heine posted the top girls score of 79. The two-day tourney concludes Wednesday at Webb Park.
Tee times begin at 7:50 a.m. Jakuback, a Loyola signee, tees off at 8:30 a.m., while Heine tees off at 8:50 a.m.
“Some of the scores today were higher than you might expect,” BREC Golf Director Jack Terry said. “This is a championship event, and Santa Maria is a championship-level score, so it was supposed to be tough.
“Tomorrow the challenge will be different. Santa Maria tests your skills and your will; Webb will test your nerves. If you can get out of the front nine in group shape you’ve got a chance to make a run on the back. You could have some drama.”
Daniel Schroeder and D.J. Johnson are shot 74s. All the leaders except Johnson are playing in the 16-to-18-year-old division.
Johnson leads the 14-15 division. Another 14-15 golfer, Cameron Little, shot a 75 on Tuesday.
Anna Heine battled back spasms during her round. She has a one-stroke lead over a 12-13 competitor, Madeline Boudreau (80).
Other boys age group leaders include Bryce Trum with an 87 (12-13), Ryan Dupuy with an eight-hole score of 40 (10-11) and Gabriel Loh at 57 (7-9).
Makayla Gilliam, who shot a 101, and Anna Heine are the only girls 16-18 competitors. Boudreau (12-13), Cassidy Lambert at 45 (10-11) and Ava Heine at 58 (7-9) are the other girls leaders.