ZACHARY - Defending champion Chuck Spears of Pineville and Kenner’s Taylor Billings fired 67s on Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the Louisiana Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Championship.

The 54-hole tournament hosted by Beaver Creek Golf Club continues today.

Spears had four birdies and an eagle with only one bogey for his 5-under 67. Billings, who was in the last group to start of the No. 1 tee, had six birdies and one bogey for his 67.

One stroke back after his 4-under 68 is Shreveport’s Blake Traweek, with Ponchatoula’s Blake Caldwell another shot back at 69.

Firing two-under par 70s were Hayden Bigby of Bossier City and Matthew Moss of Choudrant, while Episcopal High School golfer Ross Davis of Baton Rouge is four back of the leaders after recording a 1-under 71.

The LGA’s age-group championship competition became a victim of the weather after a heavy thunderstorm struck at 2:30 p.m.

Age-group competitors will resume their rounds at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, with awarad presentations to follow.

Overall championship competition will be pushed back to 8:30 a.m., with golfers beginning play off Nos. 1 and 10 tees.

First-round results

67: Chuck Spears, Pineville; Taylor Billings, Kenner

68: Blake Traweek, Shreveport

69: Blake Caldwell, Ponchatoula

70: Hayden Bigby, Bossier City; Matthew Moss, Choudrant

71: Ross Davis, Baton Rouge

72: Philip Barbaree Jr., Shreveport; Sutton Farmer, Sulphur; Brandon Rice, Stonewall; Jacob Going, Lake Charles; Eric Ricard, Shrevport

73: Peyton McCulloch, Zachary; Austin Hinton, Lake Charles: Brandon Layne Newton, Ruston

74: Mitchell Haddox, Ruston; Jordan Karam, Lake Charles

75: Skye Mejia, Lafayette; Sam Burns, Shreveport; Jake Pritchard, Angie; Shane Fontenot, Lake Charles

76: Ryan Desormeaux, Broussard; Gabe Coleman, Sulphur; Blake Gautreaux, Prairieville; Jordan Cole, Ruston; Josh Fullilove, Larose; Thomas Wilmore, Alexandria; Beau Briggs, Covington; Daniel Deloach, Boyce

Johnson holds lead

ALEXANDRIA - Twelve-year-old Julia Johnson of Baton Rouge recorded a first-round 77 to take medalist honors at the Junior Girls State Championship under way at Oak Wing Golf Club.

Emily Stratton of West Monroe and Lane Hodge of Monroe had 78s to share second place in the Louisiana Women’s Golf Association event.

Defending champion Elise Bradley of Mandeville recorded an 81, the same score as by Baton Rouge’s Jar? Templet.

First-round results

77: Julia Johnson, Baton Rouge

78: Lana Hodge, Monroe; Emily Stratton, West Monroe

79: Pearlissa Harris, Harvey

80: Jennifer Nguyen, Slidell

81: Elise Bradley, Mandeville; Angelica Harris, Harvey; Jar? Templet, Baton Rouge

86: Mary Chavin, Hammond; Alexis Belton, Ruston; Taylor Kennedy, Baton Rouge