The 2023 LHSAA Golf State Championships teed off Monday with golfers from around the state competing in two different divisions on the girls side while the boys competition consisted of five different divisions.
Results from the first round are listed below with recaps to follow. Tuesday’s final round gets underway at 9 a.m.
DIVISION I GIRLS
At Lex Vieux Chenes Golf Club (5,679 yards, par 74)
Team scores: 1. Barbe, 156. 2. Sacred Heart-NO, 179. 3. Northshore, 180. 4. Sam Houston, 186. 5. Captain Shreve, 191. 6. St. Joseph’s, 193. 7. Haughton, 197. 8. Mt. Carmel, 203.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Jade Neves, Sacred Heart, 75. T2. Isabella Callaba, Barbe, 78. T2. Mattie Purgahn, Barbe, 78. 4. Teagan Connors, The Willow School, 79. 5. Sahithi Koneru, Dominican, 82. T6. Isabella Bradley, Barbe, 84. T6. Abigail McWilliams, Benton, 84. T8. Ava Heine, St. Joseph’s, 86. T8. Audrey Pharr, St. Thomas More, 86. 10. Emmi Marceaux, Sam Houston, 87.
YOUNGSVILLE – Two-time defending champion Barbe of Lake Charles posted two of the top three individual scores and used that performance to take the team lead after Monday’s first round of the Girls Division I competition at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Isabella Callaba and Mattie Purgahn both shot four-over 78 scores for Barbe over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes layout. That gave Barbe a 156 team score, enough for a 23-stroke lead over runner-up Sacred Heart-New Orleans entering Tuesday’s final round.
Northshore stands one more stroke back in third place at 180 and Sam Houston stands fourth at 186.
Jade Neves led the way for Sacred Heart with a one-over 75 and is the individual leader by three strokes over the Barbe duo, while Teagan Connors of The Willow School, last year’s third place finisher, is one more stroke back at 79.
Sahithi Koneru of Dominican rounded out the top five, standing in fifth place at 82 entering the final round.
DIVISION II GIRLS
At Lex Vieux Chenes Golf Club (5,679 yards, par 74)
Team scores: 1. Ursuline, 158. 2. Episcopal, 171. 3. St. Martin’s, 172. 4. Ascension Christian, 175. 5. Westlake, 210. 6. Loyola Prep, 216. 7. Many, 244. 8. Claiborne Christian, 257.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Morgan Guepet, St. Martin’s, 69. T2. Arianna Blagrove, Ursuline, 75. T2. Samantha Schultz, Christ Episcopal, 75. 4. Sophia Macias, Episcopal, 77. 5. Peyton Flynn, Ascension Christian, 79. 6. Kaylie Hui, Newman, 81. 7. AShley Biehl, Ursuline, 83. 8. Claire Chauvin, St. Thomas Aquinas, 86. 9. Hailey Varnell, Ouachita Christian. T10. Kennedy Pointer, Episcopal, 94. T10. Sophie Crespo, University Lab, 94.
YOUNGSVILLE – Morgan Guepet of St. Martin’s, the two-time champion in Girls Division II, made a big step toward a third straight title with a five-under-par 69 score here Monday in the opening round of the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Guepet posted a 33-36—69 score and holds a six-stroke lead over Arianna Blagrove of Ursuline and Samantha Schultz of Christ Episcopal after the first round over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes Golf Club layout.
Blagrove and teammate Ashley Biehl, who carded an 83, teamed for a 158 score to give defending champion Ursuline the team lead going into Tuesday’s final round. That score was good enough for a 13-stroke advantage over Episcopal in second place at 171, while St. Martin’s is third at 172 and Ascension Christian fourth at 175.
Trailing Guepet, Blagrove and Schultz in the individual chase are Sophia Macias of Episcopal in fourth place at 77 and Peyton Flynn of Ascension Christian in fifth at 79.
DIVISION I BOYS
At The Farm d’Allie (6,536 yards, par 72)
Team scores: 1. C.E. Byrd, 289. 2. St. Paul’s, 296. T3. Benton, 302. T3. Catholic-BR, 302. T5. Brother Martin, 316. T5. Sulphur, 316. 7. Mandeville, 320. 8. West Monroe, 323.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Carter Schmitt, Catholic-BR, 67. 2. Drew Silman, Zachary. T3. Ethan Dial, C.E. Byrd, 71. T3. Nick Kelsey, St. Paul’s, 71. T3. Duke Bowen, C.E. Byrd, 71. T3. Grant Reagan, C.E. Byrd, 71. T3. Noah McWilliams, Benton, 71. T8. Drew Sliman, Lafayette, 72. T8. John David Trettin, Neville, 72. T8. Grey Kingrea, West Monroe, 72. T8. Preston Paulk, Northshore, 72. T8. Phanu Galloway, Mandeville, 72.
CARENCRO – C. E. Byrd had three players break par in the opening round to take the first-day lead here Monday in the Boys Division I competition at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Byrd, the defending champion and winners of five of the last seven titles, had a one-over 289 score in the first round over the 6,536-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie layout. That was good enough for a seven-stroke lead over St. Paul’s at 296, with Benton and Catholic-Baton Rouge tied for third at 302 entering Tuesday’s final round.
Carter Schmitt of Catholic-Baton Rouge posted the top individual score with a five-under-par 67, giving him the individual lead by three strokes over Zachary’s Drew Silman at two-under 70. Three Byrd players – Ethan Dial, Duke Bowen and Grant Reagan – are among five players tied for third at one-under 71, along with Nick Kelsey of St. Paul’s and Noah McWIlliams of Benton.
Five players are at even par, and defending champion Joshua Achord stands at two-over 74 entering the final round, which begins at 9 a.m.
DIVISION II BOYS
At The Wetlands (6,348 yards, par 72)
Team scores: 1. St. Louis, 288. 2. St. Thomas More, 300. 3. Teurlings Catholic, 305. 4. Holy Cross, 308. 5. St. Charles, 317. 6. Brusly, 336. 7. DeRidder, 369. 8. Vandebilt Catholic, 377.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Ross Anderson, St. Louis, 70. T2. Stephen Faucheaux, Holy Cross, 71. T2. Collin Jones, Westlake, 71. T4. Jude Bourque, St. Thomas More, 72. T4. Ayden Fontenot, Teurlings Catholic. T4. Cameron Langley, St. Louis, 72. T4. Samuel Broussard, St. Louis, 72. T8. Dax Reaux, Teurlings Catholic, 74. T8. Tripp Bellard, St. Thomas More, 74. T8. Kye Hanks, St. Louis, 74.
LAFAYETTE – St. Louis Catholic put three players in the individual top seven, all of them at par or better, to take the first day lead here Monday in the Boys Division II competition at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Ross Anderson of St. Louis shot three-under on the back nine and claimed the individual lead at two-under-par 70 over the 6,348-yard par-72 The Wetlands layout. He holds a one-stroke lead over Stephen Faucheaux of Holy Cross and Collin Jones of Westlake, both at one-under 71 entering Tuesday’s final round.
St. Louis’ Samuel Broussard and Cameron Langley both posted an even-par 72 to boost their squad to an even-par 288 total, enough for a 12-stroke lead over St. Thomas More (300) and a 17-stroke lead over tournament host Teurlings Catholic (305). Holy Cross stands in fourth place at 308.
Along with Broussard and Langley, Ayden Fontenot of Teurlings Catholic and Jude Bourque of St. Thomas More are also tied for fourth at even-par 72. Kye Hanks had the other counting score for St. Louis with a two-over 74 and is tied with Dax Reaux of Teurlings Catholic and Tripp Bellard of St. Thomas More for eighth place individually.
DIVISION III BOYS
At Cane Row Golf Club (6,291 yards, par 72)
Team scores: 1. Ascension Epsicopal, 285. 2. Loyola Prep, 306. 3. Dunham, 318. 4. Newman, 332. 5. Notre Dame, 343, 6. Parkview Baptist, 346. 7. Calvary Baptist, 385. 8. D’Arbonne Woods, 423.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Kale Fontenot, Ascension Episcopal, 65. 2. Jay Mendell, Ascension Epsicopal, 66. T3. Brooks Thornton, Dunham, 75. T3. Jack Gilmer, Loyola Prep, 76. T5. Neil Phillips, Newman, 76. T5. Ross Alford, Loyola Prep, 76. T5. Ben Blanco, Ascension Episcopal, 76. T8. Connor Cassano, Loyola Prep, 77. T8. Graham Thornton, Dunham, 77. 10. Joshua Faulk, Notre Dame. 78.
NEW IBERIA – Four-time defending champion Ascension Episcopal had two standout scores from Kale Fontenot and Jay Mendell and grabbed a big lead in the team standings here Monday in the Boys Division II competition at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Fontenot shot four-under on the back side of the 6,291-yard par-72 Cane Row Golf Club layout and grabbed the individual lead with a seven-under 65 – the lowest round of any of the six divisions of the tournament on Monday.
Mendell, individual runner-up last year, was four-under on the front and finished one stroke back at six-under 66.
Those scores helped Ascension Episcopal post a three-under 285 team total in the first round, good enough for a 21-stroke lead over second-place Loyola Prep entering the final round. Loyola Prep posted a team 306 score, while Dunham is third at 318 and Isidore Newman is fourth at 332.
Brooks Thornton of Dunham and Jack Gilmer of Loyola Prep stand tied for third at three-over 75, while Ascension Episcopal’s Ben Blanco is tied for fifth with Neil Phillips of Isidore Newman and Ross Alford of Loyola Prep.
DIVISION IV BOYS
At Bayou Bend Country Club (6,105 yards, par 70)
Team scores: 1. Episcopal of Acadiana, 304. 2. Ouachita Christian, 320. 3. Quitman, 323. T4. Ascension Catholic, 324. T4. Cedar Creek, 324. 6. Anacoco, 334. 7. Catholic-PC, 345. 8. Vermilion Catholic, 346.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Logan Heltz, Christ Episcopal, 67. T2. Eli Walker, Quitman, 70. T2. Cole Haase, Riverside, 70. 4. Riggs Ryan, ESA, 71. T5. Jed Stephens, Cedar Creek, 73. T5. Caden Lester, Ouachita Christian, 73. 7. Adam Trahan, ESA, 74. 8. Patrick Cancienne, Ascension Catholic, 75. T9. Reid Rodriguez, Anacoco, 77. T9. Tripp Kordisch, ESA, 77.
CROWLEY – Episcopal-Acadiana put three players in the individual top 10 and used that performance to take the team lead here Monday in the Boys Division IV competition at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Riggs Ryan, Adam Trahan and Tripp Krodisch of ESA posted 71, 74 and 77 scores to help their team post a 304 first-day score over the 6,105-yard par-70 Bayou Bend Country Club course. That score was good enough for a 16-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Ouachita Christian (320) entering Tuesday’s final round, while Quitman is in third at 323 and Ascension Catholic and Cedar Creek are tied for fourth at 324.
Logan Heltz of Christ Episcopal shot a three-under 32 on the front nine and holds a three-stroke lead in the individual competition after a three-under 67 score. Eli Walker of Quitman and Cole Haase of Riverside Academy are tied for second at even-par 70, with Ryan in fourth and Jed Stephens of Cedar Creek and Caden Lester of Ouachita Christian are tied for fifth at three-over 73.