Advocate sportswriter

Summer tournaments carry a different significance for each junior golfer.

The chance to carry home a title from the University Junior Classic had a special meaning for Jara’ Templet and Michael Durio.

Durio shot a 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday to finish with a two-day score of 151 for the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour event held at University Club.

With his 151, Durio, of The Woodlands, Texas, finished two shots ahead of Hayes Weathersby, of Poplarville, Miss., (153).

Templet, a former St. Michael the Archangel golfer, shot a 2-under 70 to open the tourney Monday. Though she carded a 5-over 77 on Tuesday, Templet claimed a five-shot win over another Baton Rouge golfer, Julia Johnson (152).

It was the final junior tourney for the 18-year-old Templet, who has signed with Florida Institute of Technology.

“What a way to go out,” Templet said. “Yesterday everything worked for me, and today wasn’t as good.

“Because I had a 70 yesterday I was relaxed. I didn’t get some of the rolls and I didn’t make some of the shots I did in the first round, but that’s just golf. I’ll take it (title).”

Templet carded four birdies in each round. A couple of double bogeys on Wednesday were not disastrous, thanks to Templet’s Tuesday score.

The 17-year-old Durio took advantage of the chance to play a tourney while visiting relatives in the Baton Rouge area.

“My dad and mom and brother are all LSU graduates and we have family here,” Durio said. “It (tournament) was a chance to play a challenging course. It’s the first time I’ve played here since they renovated it.

“All I tried to do was play smart and try not to do anything that would get me in trouble.”

Durio also recorded four birdies during his final round. Garrett Barnes, of Biloxi, Miss., and Arcadia’s Jesse Smith tied for third at 154.

Cavin Conner, who placed sixth at 162, was the top local finisher in the boys 15- to 18-year-old division won by Durio.

Another local golfer, Michael Sotile, won a three-way playoff to take top honors in the boys 12- to 14-year-old division.

Sotile and two Lafayette-based golfers, David Robert and Drew Gonzales, all tied at 150.

Peter Mata, who placed fifth at 152, was the next highest local finisher.

Emily Ross of Diamondhead, Miss., was third in the girls 15-18 division at 157.

Baton Rouge’s Taylor Kennedy was the lone 12-14 girls golfer. She had a two-day score of 181.

University Jr. Classic

At The University Club


15- to-18-year-olds

Top finishers: 1, Michael Durio, The Woodlands, Texas, 77-74?151. 2, Hayes Weathersby, Poplarville, Miss., 70-83-153. 3, Garrett Barnes, Biloxi, Miss., 76-78-154. Jesse Smith, Arcadia, 80-74-154. 4, Josh Fullilove, Larose, 75-81-156. 5, Austin Schillaci, Harahan, 78-83-161. 6, Cavin Connor, Baton Rouge, 87-75-162. 7, Chad Arsenault, Baton Rouge, 83-80-163. Davis Field, St. Francisville, 89-74-163. 9, Evan Morse, Denham Springs, 77-87-164. 10, Michael Case, Carenco, 82-85-167. Skye Mejia, Lafayette, 83-84-167.

12- to 14-year-olds

Top finishers: *1, Michael Sotile, Baton Rouge, 74-76-150. 2, David Robert, Lafayette, 76-74-150. 2, Drew Gonzales, Lafayette, 75-75-150. 4, Garett James, Lumberton, Texas, 70-81-151. 5, Peter Mata, Baton Rouge, 73-79-152.

*won a playoff


15- to-18-year-olds

Top finishers: 1, Jara’ Templet, Baton Rouge, 70-77-147. 2, Julia Johnson, Baton Rouge, 79-73-152. 3, Emily Ross, Diamondhead, Miss., 80-77-157. 4, Alexis Vega, Larose, 77-85- 162. 5, Lauren Durbin, Biloxi, Miss., 86-80-86-80-166. 6, Lauren Aillet, Lafayette, 73-94-167. 7, Rachael Faila, New Orleans, 91-93- 184. Haley Harrington, Jackson, 95-89-184. 9, Georgia Drury, River Ridge, 106-93-199. 10, Anna Claire Welch, Baton Rouge, 117-107-224.

12- to 14-year-olds

1, Taylor Kennedy, Baton Rouge, 92-89-181.