LHSAA Golf Champions Crowned On Final Day Of State Tournament


At Lex Vieux Chenes Golf Club (5,679 yards, par 74)

Team scores: 1. Barbe, 156-159–315. T2. Sacred Heart-NO, 179-180–359. T2. Northshore, 180-179–359. 4. Sam Houston, 186-179–365. 5. Captain Shreve, 191-187–378. 6. St. Joseph’s, 193-192–385. 7. Mt. Carmel, 203-183–386. 8. Haughton, 197-195–392.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Jade Neves, Sacred Heart, 75-77–152. 2. Teagan Connors, The Willow School, 79-74–153. 3. Isabella Callaba, Barbe, 78-78–156. 4. Mattie Purgahn, Barbe, 78-82–160. 5. Sahithi Koneru, Dominican, 82-79–161.

YOUNGSVILLE – Barbe of Lake Charles put its two players in the top four individual finishers for the second straight day Tuesday and used that performance to run away with the Girls Division I team title at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.

Isabella Callaba finished third individual with a 156 score after her second straight 78, and Mattie Purgahn took a fourth place finish at 160, with the two of them combining for a 315 two-day team score for the Buccaneers’ third straight title.

Barbe finished 44 strokes ahead of its nearest competition, with Sacred Heart-New Orleans and Northshore tying for second with a 359 team score.

Sam Houston finished fourth with a 365 score and Captain Shreve finished fifth at 378.

Seventh-grader Jade Neves of Sacred Heart-New Orleans, the first-day leader after a 75, added a three-over-par 77 on Tuesday over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes Golf Club course to take the individual title with a two-round 152 score. Neves had three birdies in her round including one at the par-five 18th hole, one that helped her finish one shot ahead of defending champion Teagan Connors of The Willow School.

Connors, who was three strokes back after Monday’s opening round, had the day’s low round with an even-par 74 to finish at 153, while Callaba was third at 156 and Purgahn fourth at 160. Sahithi Koneru of Dominican was fifth at 161 and Abigail McWIlliams finished sixth at 163.


At Lex Vieux Chenes Golf Club (5,679 yards, par 74)

Team scores: 1. Ursuline Academy, 158-174–332. T2. St. Martin’s, 172-173–345. T2. Ascension Christian, 175-170–345. 4. Episcopal, 171-182–353. 5. Westlake, 210-209–419. 6. Loyola Prep, 216-208–424. T7. Many, 244-246–490. T7. Claiborne Christian, 257-233–490.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Morgan Guepet, St. Martin’s, 69-73–142. 2. Sophia Macias, Episcopal, 77-70–147. 3. Arianna Blagrove, Ursuline, 75-75–150. 4. Samantha Schultz, Christ Episcopal, 75-80–155. 5. Peyton Flynn, Ascension Christian, 79-79–158.

YOUNGSVILLE – Morgan Guepet of St. Martin’s won her third straight individual title and Ursuline Academy made its first-day lead stand up to take the Girls Division II team championship Tuesday at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.

Guepet, who had a five-under-par 69 in Monday’s opening round, added a one-under 73 Tuesday over the 5,679-yard par-72 Les Vieux Chenes Golf Club layout. She had 15 pars and two birdies in the final 36-37—73 round to finish at sixunder 142 and take a five-stroke win over runner-up Sophia Macias of Episcopal who finished at one-under 147. Those were the only two players to finish under par.

Ursuline, which won the 2022 title by a 27-stroke margin, finished with a 332 team total for two days to finish 13 strokes ahead of St. Martin’s and Ascension Christian, who tied for second at 345. Ascension Christian had the day’s low team round with a 170 total, led by a 79 from Peyton Flynn on her way to a fifth-place overall finish at 158.

Ursuline put two players in the top 10, with Arianna Blagrove finishing third individually after her second straight oneover 75 score. Samantha Schultz of Christ Episcopal, who was tied with Blagrove for second Monday with an opening round 75, finished fourth at 155.

Episcopal was fourth in the team standings at 353 and Westlake finished fifth at 419.


At The Farm d’Allie (6,536 yards, par 72)

Team scores: 1. C.E. Byrd, 289-304–593. 2. Benton, 302-294–596. 3. Catholic-BR, 302-300–602. 4. St. Paul’s 296-311–607. 5. Brother Martin, 316-324–640. 6. Sulphur, 316-327–643. 7. Minden, 320-325–645. 8. West Monroe, 323-350–673.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Drew Silman, Zachary, 70-70–140. T2. Carter Schmitt, Catholic-BR, 67-74–141. T2. Landon East, Sulphur, 73-68–141. T4. Miller Davis, Benton, 73-70–143. T4. Noah McWilliams, Benton, 71-72–143.

CARENCRO – C. E. Byrd had to hold off nearby rival Benton to do it, but the Yellow Jackets claimed their sixth Girls Division I title in the last eight years Tuesday at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.

Byrd held a 13-stroke lead after an opening one-over-par 289 on Monday over the 6,536-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie course, but Benton had a 294 team score on Tuesday and got within three shots. Byrd finished with a two-day 593 total after a 304 score in the final round, with Benton finishing as runner-up at 596.

Drew Silman of Zachary claimed individual honors with his second straight two-under 70 score, posting seven birdies in his round including a birdie at the par-five 18th hole. That birdie gave him a one-stroke win over Carter Schmitt of Catholic-Baton Rouge, the first-day leader, and Landon East of Sulphur.

Silman birdied four of his first six holes and six of his first 12 on Tuesday, carding a three-under 33 on the front side to catch Schmitt, who had shot a five-under 67 to take the individual lead on Monday. Schmitt posted a 74 in the final round, while East turned in the day’s low round with a four-under 68 to finish tied for second.

Miller Davis and Noah McWilliams, both of Benton, also broke par with a one-under 143 for the two rounds to tie for fourth, while Nick Kelsey of St. Paul’s finished sixth at 146.

Catholic-Baton Rouge finished third in the team chase, tallying a 300 for Tuesday’s second low round and finishing with a 602 total, while St. Paul’s was fourth at 607.


At The Wetlands (6,348 yards, par 72)

Team scores: 1. St. Louis, 288-299–587. 2. St. Thomas More, 300-300–600. 3. Teurlings Catholic, 305-302–607. 4. Holy Cross, 308-301–609. 5. St. Charles, 317-307–624. 6. Brusly, 336-333–669. 7. DeRidder, 369-366–735. 8. Vandebilt Catholic, 377-358–735.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Collin Jones, Westlake, 71-71–142. T2. Dax Reaux, Teurlings Catholic, 74-69–143. T2. Stephen Faucheaux, Holy Cross, 71-72–143. 4. Dane Galiano, St. Charles, 76-69–145. T5. Cameron Langley, St. Louis, 72-74–146. T5. Ross Anderson, St. Louis, 70-76–146.

LAFAYETTE – St. Louis Catholic of Lake Charles turned in its second straight sub-300 round and made a big first-round lead stand up in capturing the Boys Division II team title Tuesday at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.

The Saints added to their even-par 288 total from Monday with the day’s low round on Tuesday, a 299 that led them with a two-day 587 total. That was good enough for a 13-stroke win over defending champion St. Thomas More, which had its second straight 300 score and finished at 600, and third-place and tournament host Teurlings Catholic at 607.

Holy Cross was two more strokes back in fourth place at 609.

Collin Jones of Westlake, competng as an individual, captured the individual title with a second straight one-under 71 on Tuesday. The senior birdied both of the par-fives on the back side of the 6,348-yard par-72 The Wetlands course in postng his first tournament win since his eighth grade season.

Jones won by one shot over Dax Reaux of Teurlings Catholic, who led for the day’s low round with a three-under 69, and Stephen Faucheaux of Holy Cross, both at one-under 143.

Dane Galiano of St. Charles finished fourth, matching Reaux’s 69 and finishing with a two-round 145 total, while defending champion and first-day leader Ross Anderson of St. Louis struggled to a 76 on Tuesday and finished at 146 with teammate Cameron Langley in fifth place.

Langley and George Trappey each shot two-over 74, Kye Hanks posted a 75 and Anderson and Samuel Broussard each shot 76 in St. Louis’ consistent team total.


At Cane Row Golf Club (6,291 yards, par 72)

Team scores: 1. Ascension Epsicopal, 285-282–567. 2. Loyola Prep, 306-296–602. 3. Dunham, 318-300–648. 4. Newman, 332-348–680. 5. Parkview Baptist, 346-337–683. 6. Notre Dame, 343-341–684. 7. Calvary Baptist, 385-401–786. 8. D’Arbonne Woods, 423-415–838.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Jay Mendell, Ascension Episcopal, 66-66–132. 2. Kale Fontenot, Ascension Episcopal, 65-68–133. 3. Connor Cassano, Loyola Prep, 77-70–147. 4. Ben Blanco, Ascension Episcopal, 76-75–151. T5. Brooks Thornton, Dunham, 75-77–152. T5. Charlie Bell, Loyola Prep, 80-72–152. T5. Jack Gilmer, Loyola Prep, 75-77–152.

NEW IBERIA – Thanks to the play of Jay Mendell and Kale Fontenot, Ascension Episcopal of Youngsville romped to its fifth straight Boys Division III championship here Tuesday at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championships.

Mendell, last year’s runner-up, finished the two-day tournament with a 12-under-par 132 score – the lowest score in any division since the state tournament moved to Lafayette nine years ago. Fontenot finished only one stroke back with his own stellar 11-under-par 133 score, with those two finishing 14 strokes ahead of the rest of the individual field.

Led by those two scores, AES finished 35 strokes ahead of its nearest competitor with a 567 team score, nine under par as a team. Loyola Prep finished second at 602, while Dunham was third at 648 and Isidore Newman was fourth at 680.

Mendell shot his second straight six-under 66 in Tuesday’s final round over the 6,291 yard par-72 Cane Row Golf Club layout. Fontenot was the first-day leader with a seven-under-par 65 and finished with a four-under 68 over the final 18

Ascension also had a 73 from Zach Belle and a pair of 75 scores from Ben Blanco and Luke Domingue in posting a sixunder-par 282 team score in the final round.

Connor Cassano of Loyola Prep finished third individually at 147 after a two-under-par 70 score Tuesday, the day’s third lowest score, while Blanco was fourth at 151. Charlie Bell and Jack Gilmer of Loyola Prep and Brooks Thornton of Dunham all tied for fifth at 152, while Belle and Domingue tied for eighth with a 153 total.


At Bayou Bend Country Club (6,105 yards, par 70)

Team scores: 1. Episcopal of Acadiana, 304-306–610. 2. Ouachita Christian, 320-308–628. 3. Quitman, 323-308–631. 4. Cedar Creek, 324-328–652. 5. Ascension Catholic, 324-332–656. 6. Anacoco, 334-329–663. 7. Catholic-PC, 345-332–667. 8. Vermilion Catholic, 346-338-684.

Top 5 individuals: 1. Logan Heltz, Christ Episcopal, 67-69–136. 2. Cole Haase, Riverside, 70-72-142. T3. Adam Trahan, ESA, 74-69–143. T3. Eli Walker, Quitman, 70-73–143. 5. Riggs Ryan, ESA, 71-75–146.

CROWLEY – Episcopal of Acadiana made its big first-day lead stand up with Tuesday’s lowest round in Boys Division IV, and used that to capture the team championship at the Ochsner Health LHSAA State Golf Championship.

The Falcons, who had a 16-stroke advantage after Monday’s first round with a team 304 total, added a 306 on Tuesday over the 6,105-yard par-70 Bayou Bend Country Club course. That 610 total was good enough for an 18-stroke win over two-time defending champion Ouachita Christan, which finished as runner-up at 628 and held off a charge by Quitman in third place at 631.

Logan Heltz of Christ Episcopal turned in his second straight sub-par round on Tuesday, adding a one-under-par 69 to his opening 67. The freshman’s Tuesday round included 15 pars and birdies at the first and 18th holes, including hitting his second shot out of a divot within 10 feet and making the put on the par-four 18th for a 67-69—136 total.

Heltz, who finished as runner-up last year as an eighth grader, won by a six-stroke margin over Cole Haase of Riverside Academy, who added a 72 to his Monday even-par 70 and finished at 142. Adam Trahan of ESA and Eli Walker of Quitman tied for third, one more stroke back at 143, while Riggs Ryan of

ESA and two-time defending individual champion Caden Lester of Ouachita Christan tied for fifth at 146. Trahan had a one-under 69, tying with Heltz for the low round of the day, and Ryan had a 75 to lead ESA’s team finish, while Tripp Kordisch had a 77 and Patrick Fitzgerald an 85 as ESA’s other counting scores.