Byrd boys edge Benton for regional golf crown

 HAPPY JACKETS:  Byrd golfers were all smiles Monday after holding off Benton to win the Division I, Region I team championship. (Submitted photo)

The defending state champion C.E. Byrd High School boys’ golf team won the LHSAA Division I Region I tournament Monday at Stonebridge Golf Club.  

Shooting a combined score of 297 (from the top four scores), the Byrd team won a close match with Benton High School on a tough Stonebridge course.  The Yellow Jackets had a solid team card, led by Grant Reagan (73). 

Right on his heels were teammates James Holtsclaw (74), Shep Smith (74) and Ethan Dial (76), Duke Bowen (77) 

Benton’s score was topped by regional medalist Noah McWilliams, who shot a 69. Kade Bryant, Miller Davis and Cason Toms each carded 77 scores, while Colton Halverson had a 79 for the Tigers. 

Caddo Magnet was represented by Xan Walker, who posted a 79. 

Byrd alumnus and former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Meredith Duncan, an ex-LPGA player and LSU All-American, coaches the Yellow Jackets. 

Byrd will compete in the LHSAA Division I state tournament next Monday and Tuesday at the Farm d’Allie Golf Club in Carencro.  Byrd won last year’s state tournament at Bayou Bend in Crowley. 

Since the website has not posted results in a reasonable fashion, coaches or other school personnel are encouraged to submit postseason golf results to via e-mail.