Eli Walker of Quitman High fired a round of one over par on the very difficult layout at Bayou Desiard Golf Course in Monroe on Monday, March 6th for his second win in two 18-hole, Front 9 Tour events this spring. Tayt Culpepper of Weston High also represented Jackson Parish well finishing in 9th place. The effort was his third straight top-ten tournament finish.
Walker was declared tri-champion with Silas Lovett of Ouachita Christian and Grey Kingrea of West Monroe High School as all three player of the year candidates navigated what is considered the toughest course in North Louisiana in 73 strokes.
With only three holes left Kingrea birdied #16 to go one under and take a one-stroke lead on Walker who also birdied the hole. Lovett who had roared into contention by making three straight birdies on holes 11, 12, and 13 sat one further back at one over. The lead got even tighter the next hole when Walker and Kingrea both made bogey and Lovett made another par. Kingrea faltered again on the 18th hole for a second straight bogey while Walker and Lovett, who turned in the best side of the day with a two-under-par round of 34 on the back nine, made par to give all three the same finishing score.
Noah Leach of Quitman along with Tyler Pardue and Cayden Smith of Weston produced top 50 finishes with Leach coming in 31st place, Pardue 40th, and Smith 49th. Layton Garrett was just a few spots behind at 53rd. In the Junior Varsity Boys Flight, Jackson Parish had two competitors finish in the top 15 with Austin Durbin of Weston coming in 14th and Nickolas Kliebert of Quitman just one spot behind.
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