Coach Patrick Dulaney put the Catholic High golf team through its usual pre-tournament practice on Monday afternoon at Zachary’s Beaver Creek Golf Club.
The sun was out, but Dulaney already had gloomy news he’d later share with the Bears. The annual Boys Metro Golf tournament scheduled for Tuesday at Beaver Creek was canceled.
“I just hate this, and I’m disappointed for the kids,” Dulaney said. “This is the one time where you have kids from all classes play together. You might have a guy who could finish high or win it without having to a full team there with him. It’s a great event for local players and teams.”
Metro League Coordinator Phil Zimmerman of The Dunham School agreed and said the decision to cancel was given a lot of thought.
“I’ve been doing this for 11 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever had to cancel,” Zimmerman said. “And when the sun came out this afternoon, that made the call even tougher to make.
“Given the amount of rain we’ve had, and a forecast that calls for a 95 percent chance of rain the rest of the week, the majority of the coaches didn’t want to take a chance. We had spring break last week, and we’ve got (LHSAA) district tournaments next week. The Girls Metro tournament will go on as planned next week. There’s just no way to reschedule this one.”
Zimmerman said he spoke with Beaver Creek General Manager Haze Brignac in the early afternoon. Brignac told Zimmerman he had toured the course around noon Monday and that several holes on the back nine were “flooded.” Brignac told Zimmerman that any additional rain would make the course “unplayable” for the remainder of the week.
Defending champion Catholic, along with University, Dutchtown and Zachary were among the pre-tourney favorites. U-High’s Trey Winstead won the individual title a year ago.
Dutchtown’s Logan Leary and Grant Welch of Runnels had minus-1 averages during the regular season. Winstead and Michael Sotile of U-High were next at even par. The Girls Metro tourney is set for April 22 also at Beaver Creek.
Zimmerman said a number of coaches expressed concerns about checking golfers out of school on Tuesday and then being stuck at Beaver Creek during a series of Tuesday rain showers that are scheduled to start about an hour before the 11 a.m. tee times.
“This is something the kids all look forward to every year,” Dulaney said. “I know it’s different because we have district, regional and state playoffs. It seems like we could do something.”
Dulaney said he planned to contact several coaches to see if a contingency plan with another site could be developed.
The NCAA’s spring signing period starts Wednesday, and it will be big day for a number of area athletes.
St. Joseph’s Academy has scheduled a noon signing for five athletes. Volleyball players Madison Daigle (Texas State) and Sydney Davis (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) are set to sign. Hanna Rovira is scheduled to commit to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Golfer Jessica Varner is set to sign with Centenary, while swimmer Katie Cazes will commit to Quincy University.
Other signings set include:
Ascension Catholic distance runner Zach Capello with Yale for track/cross country during the morning hours at school.
Brusly High outfielder Jake Dunn for baseball at Henderson State at 11:20 a.m. at the school.
Walker High girls basketball player Jamie Gibson with the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. in the school gym.
Row sets mark
Former St. Michael the Archangel basketball player and track athlete Tylor Row of Xavier set a school record while winning the 100-meter hurdles at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track meet held in New Orleans.
Row ran a winning time of 15.26 seconds at Tad Gormley Stadium. Her time was second-fastest in meet history.