Local prep golfers post strong finishes at state

FOUR!!: Benton’s Noah McWilliams finished in fourth place in the individual competition at the Division I state tournament in New Iberia.


Noah McWilliams of Benton followed his first-round 3-under 69 with a 75 on Tuesday to finish at 144 and finish in fourth place at the LHSAA Division I boys’ golf tournament at Cane Row Golf Club in New Iberia. Benton shot a team score 616 to finish in fourth place, behind first-place Byrd (587), Catholic-Baton Rouge (592), and St. Paul’s (595).

Benton’s Cason Toms shot 82-76—158 and finished in a tie with teammate Miller Davis (80-78—158), followed by teammates Kade Bryant (84-75–159), and Cade Robinson (81-82–163).

At the girls’ Division tournament at The Wetlands Golf Club in Lafayette, Benton’s Abigail Williams followed her opening-round 83 with an 84 to give her a seventh-place finish (167) in the individual competition while teammates MacKinley Loyd shot 118-115–233 and Zoey Anzaluda posted 113-119–252. Benton finished seventh in the team competition with a score of 400.

Haylee Crowder of Haughton finished in 13th place overall after following her 21-over first round with a 9-over round on Tuesday for a 174.

DIVISION II: After shooting 6-over in the first round at The Farm d’Allie in Carencro, Caddo Magnet’s Xan Walker came back to shoot 1-over to finish in a tie for third place in individual competition.

“I made a lot more putts today,” Walker said after Tuesday’s final round. “I had chances (Monday), but the putts just didn’t fall. Today, I had eight birdie putts on the back nine but just made two. So it could have been even better.”

Hometown favorite St. Thomas More, which entered Tuesday’s competition with an 11-stroke lead, held on in the final round to claim its second team title in the past three years.

DIVISION III: At Cane Row Golf Club in New Iberia, Holden Webb, Connor Cassano, and Charlie Bell all finished in the top 10 to lead Loyola to second place in the team competition. The Flyers shot a team total 601 to finish 23 shots behind champion Ascension Episcopal.

Webb followed his first-round 1-over 73 with an even-par 72 in Tuesday’s final round to post 145 and finish in a tie for fourth. Cassano shot 76-72—148 to finish in eighth place while

Bell shot 76-73—149 to take ninth place. Loyola’s Ross Alford shot 80-79–159 and Charles Valiulis finished 87-81–168.

DIVISION IV: Calvary Baptist shot a team total 785 to finish in seventh place at The Farm d’Allie in Carencro. Kannon Savage led the Cavaliers with a tie for eighth place after shooting 85-77—163, followed by teammates Bryce Carpenter (95-93—188), Ezra Smith (103-99—202), and Hunter Harris (107-126—233).


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