Eli Walker of Quitman High wins second NELA High School Tourney


If you have ever competed in golf then you know that one of the hardest things to do is win a tournament. It is one thing to go out and play nine holes. There is not much more of an enjoyable thing to do. It is quite another when the pressure of representing your school in competition is added to the mix. That is a whole different thing altogether.

It may be one of the hardest things to do but it is also one of the most rewarding. Win a tournament once – You are lucky. Win a second in less than a month – You have skills! Eli Walker of Quitman High is proving that he has skills.

For the second time this season Walker took home medalist honors by shooting an even par, 36 over the nine holes of Frenchman’s Bend in northern Monroe on Tuesday, March 29th. Tayt Culpepper of Weston High came in 5th. Pete Simonelli ended up in a tie for 20th, with Noah Leach coming in 33rd. Tyler Pardue of Weston High finished one stroke back of Leach for a 37th place finish with Kennard Jackson (WHS) and John Davis (QHS coming in 50th and 52nd respectively.

In Junior Division Medalist play Blake Smith finished 8th for Quitman followed by Ethan Pilgreen who came in 10th. Austin Durbin of Weston, ended up in 12th place.

Walker third, Simonelli eighth at Morehouse

On Thursday, March 31st, Walker followed up his victory with a third-place finish at Morehouse Country Club in Bastrop. Pete Simonelli gave Quitman a solid one-two punch in the top ten by coming in 8th place, his best finish of the year to date. Tayt Culpepper finished in 12th and Tyler Pardue (33rd) for Weston.

In team competition, Quitman came in 5th behind winner Neville High School, Ouachita Christian School, Sterlington and Ruston.

Additional varsity competitors for Quitman included Noah Leach (23rd place) and John Davis (38th) while Ethan Pilgreen placed 6th and Blake Smith 9th in Junior Varsity play.

Eli Walker – Quitman High School

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