Dunham’s Ryan Dupuy posted a eight-under-par 64 to take the individual crown, while Ascension Episcopal ran away with its third straight team championship Tuesday in the Division III boys’ competition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Golf Championships.
Dupuy had eight birdies in the first 13 holes of his bogey-free round, posting a 31 on the opening back nine, and held a one-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Eli Ortego of Ascension Episcopal with five holes remaining over the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie layout.
Both players parred the fifth, sixth and seventh holes before Ortego drew even with his sixth birdie of the day on the par-four eighth hole. However, Ortego made a bogey on the closing par-four ninth hole and Dupuy got up-and-down for par to take the individual title with the low round of the day.
Ortego’s Blue Gator squad had it much easier in the team chase, following its eight-under 280 from Monday’s opening round with a seven-under 281 on Tuesday. Their 561 score was 28 strokes ahead of the field.
Ortego, who finished at 67 Tuesday and won the 2019 title with a two-round 142 title, led three Ascension Episcopal players in the top five. Kale Fontenot, who had the second-lowest round Tuesday with a six-under 66, finished third at eight-under 136 while Zach Belle finished at 72-71—143 to tie for fifth.
DIVISION II BOYS
Ross Anderson of St. Louis Catholic claimed the individual title and his Saints team rallied from behind in Tuesday’s final round to take the team title in the Division II boys’ competition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Golf Championships.
The Saints, who trailed tournament host Teurlings Catholic by six shots entering the final round, put together a 306 score in Tuesday’s final round over the 6,348-yard par-72 The Wetlands layout. That gave St. Louis, the 2019 runner-up, a two-day 616 total and a two-stroke win over Teurlings in the team chase.
Anderson, who had Monday’s low round with a two-under 70, added a 75 on Tuesday, and his 145 total was good enough for a three-stroke victory over Collin Duplechain of Teurlings Catholic (73-75—148). St. Louis teammate George Trappey finished third individually at 71-78—149.
St. Thomas More, the defending Division II champion from 2019, finished third with a 628 score and had two top-five finishers. Zach Hardy and James Stonecipher both carded 150 totals to finish tied for fourth. Stonecipher even-par 72 shared Tuesday’s low-round honors with Jonathan Perry of St. Louis, who improved 11 strokes from his opening 83.
DIVISION IV BOYS
Caden Lester of Ouachita Christian survived one of the closest individual competitions in recent tournament history, and his Eagles squad rolled to an easy team win in the Division IV boys’ competition.
Lester birdied the finishing par-five ninth hole to post an even-par 72 and hang on for a one-stroke win over Harry West of St. Edmund, Adam Trahan of Episcopal of Acadiana, and Jace LeJeune of Hathaway.
Lester held a one-stroke lead over Trahan and LeJeune and a two-shot lead over West coming to the final hole Tuesday. West eagled the last hole and both Trahan and LeJeune birdied, forcing Lester to birdie to finish at three-over 147 for the individual crown.
Ouachita Christian won the team title by one shot over runner-up St. Edmund and a two-shot lead over third place finisher Calvary Baptist.
DIVISION I BOYS
Griffith Dorr won a sudden-death playoff for the individual title and led his St. Paul’s squad to the team championship Tuesday in the final round of the Division I boys’ competition.
Dorr, who posted a bogey-free, seven-under-par 65 in Monday’s opening round, struggled to a three-over 75 in Tuesday’s final trip around the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie layout. That was still good enough to tie with Noah McWilliams of Benton, who matched his first-round 70 on Tuesday, and force a playoff.
Both players birdied the par-five first hole, but McWilliams ran into trouble with his tee shot on the par-four second hole and Dorr eventually won the hole with a par.
St. Paul’s won the team title by 28 strokes.
DIVISION I GIRLS
First-day leader Sydney Moss of C. E. Byrd turned in the day’s low round by five shots and used that effort to roll to the individual crown, while Barbe took the girls Division I team title.
Moss birdied three of her final four holes to finish at two-under 72 over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes layout. Paired with her opening-round 75 on Monday, Moss finished at one-under 147 and seven strokes ahead of her nearest competition.
Barbe won the team title as the Bucs was 29 strokes better than runner-up Dutchtown.
DIVISION II GIRLS
Morgan Guepet of St. Martin’s had the low round of the day for the second straight round Tuesday, adding to her advantage and running away with the girls’ Division II individual title.
Guepet added to her six-under-par 68 total from Monday’s opening round with a four-under 70 Tuesday over the 5,679-yard par-74 Les Vieux Chenes layout. Her 138 total was good enough for a seven-stroke victory over Liza Lapeyre of Isidore Newman, whose 72-73—145 score put her in the runner-up position for the second straight state tournament.
Newman won the team championship by 20 strokes over runner-up Ursuline Academy (326).