Quitman High School has a well deserved reputation of being one of the better small school golf programs in the state. State championship banners hanging in the school gymnasium verify the accolades. Even with all the past accomplishments, what Eli Walker is doing has taken things to a whole new level.
Improving each time he takes to the course and now thrusting himself squarely into the role as top prep golfer in northeast Louisiana, Walker won his third Front 9 tour event in four outings. For the record he finished second in the other one.
This week, Walker was the only one of 53 competitors to break par on the extremely difficult Big Bear Golf Course in Delhi , shooting a nine hole round of “one under” 35 on the 6964 yard, par 36 track. The score marked the third straight tournament where Walker has bettered his score from the week before and the first time he has finished under par.
Pete Simonelli and Cam Deal from Quitman also turned in tour best finishes with Simonelli finishing in a tie for 13th after shooting a 43 and Deal shooting a 44 for a tie for 17th. Tyler Pardue of Weston finished in a tie for 26th.
For the first time all season Jonesboro-Hodge had representative compete with both doing very well in the junior varsity boys flight as Ajay Tew came in second and Richard Tew finished in 11th place.