Steady St. Paul’s wins Division I golf

SHREVEPORT — Monday, the St. Paul’s boys golf team posted a host of solid scores in the opening round of the Division I state championships, but didn’t receive much attention because of a pair of sub-par rounds – including a dazzling 66 — from leader, Barbe, at East Ridge Country Club.

The winds picked up Tuesday, but the Wolves remained steady. As the conditions, and perhaps the pressure of the final round, began to wear on opponents, St. Paul’s posted another pack of consistent scores.

And won a state championship.

Led by Brandon Pierce’s 2-over 73, all five Wolves shot 78 or better and walked away with an eight-stroke victory over Barbe.

The Buccaneers were forced to use one of two 88s, including one posted by Shane Fontenot, who torched East Ridge one day earlier with a 66.

Even though Tuesday’s team score for St. Paul’s was 15 strokes higher, the Wolves turned a two-day total of 27-over 595 into a victory. Barbe (603) and Catholic-BR (617) were next.

The individual competition featured a dramatic finish. Captain Shreve’s Blake Traweek stood on the 18th tee as the leader, but hit his second shot off a tree and out of play en route to a quadruple-bogey 8. That handed the trophy to the clubhouse leader, Logan Hayes of Barbe.

When Hayes learned of the turn of events on 18, he burst into tears.

“As an individual, you can never wish for anything more in a lifetime,” said Hayes, a senior, who posted an even-par 142 (70-72) total. “When you grow old and have kids, you want to tell them you were good when you were in high school. It’s something that will never go away. This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done and I’m unbelievably happy about it.”

Pierce, Byrd’s Jeffrey Berry (75-69) and Peyton McCullouch (76-68) of Zachary finished second at 144. Traweek finished fifth at 145.

In the Division II competition played across town at Shreveport C.C., Benton (613) rolled to a second-straight state championship with an 11-stroke victory over Parkview Baptist (624) and St. Thomas More (624).

Corbin Cantrell (76-70) led the Tigers with a second-place finish in the individual competition. He finished four strokes behind Drew Gonzales of St. Thomas More. Gonzales collected the trophy with an even-par 142 (73-69) total. Mitchell Haddox (74-74) of Ruston and Daniel Schroeder (76-72) of Parkview Baptist finished third.

In Division III, Calvary collected its fourth state championship. The Cavaliers fired a 2-over 286 on Tuesday and defeated second-place Loyola, also a defending champion, by 47 strokes with a 15-over 583 total. Calvary sophomore Sam Burns won his second straight state individual title after making four straight birdies on the back nine at East Ridge of Tuesday. He posted back-to-back rounds of 70 to rally past teammate Nathan Jeansonne.

Jeansonne’s final-round 67 included an ace on the 155-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron. BR’s University High (657) was third. Trey Winstead (77-79) 156 was 10th individual to lead UHS.

“It was pretty cool,” Jeansonne, a sophomore, said of his third career hole-in-one. “Our goal coming in was to get three individuals in the top five.”

Calvary swept the podium, as Ryan Alford finished third at 147.

In Division IV at Shreveport C.C., Cedar Creek won a fifth straight championship. The Cougars (648) scored a 33-stroke victory over Ascension Episcopal. Cedar Creek’s Jordan Cole (78-75) won the individual title.