The last two Division I state girls golf tournaments have been dominated by the Sulphur Lady Tors but quest for their third straight state title could be the toughest one yet.
Sulphur won the 2015 title by 48 shots over Barbe and by 60 shots last year over St. Joseph’s but this time they will face some tough competition from 2016 runner up Ursuline as well as Captain Shreve, Assumption and St. Joseph’s Academy.
“It is going to be tougher this year but we are ready because of the practice we have put in,” Sulphur’s Brooke Duzan said. “We are ready to set another record.”
Duzan, a Lamar University signee, will be playing in her final tournament as a Lady Tor and is hoping Sulphur can go out on top one more time.
“It (final tournament) is bitter sweet for sure but I am excited,” Duzan said. “We are ready to go out there and three-peat hopefully.”
It will be the third time the Division I state tournament will be played at Les Vieux Chenes which has been plagued by rainy weather the last two years.
“The past few years it has been wet,” Duzan said. “I think knowing the course well is going to help us, although our games have improved.
“We will just have to see how the conditions are.”
Duzan and junior Brooke Tyree are also looking to win individual medalist honors, something a Lady Tor has not done since Shannon Hanson in 1992.
They will be up against two-time defending medalist Mary Francis Chauvin of Hammond. Duzan and Tyree finished two shots behind Chauvin last year and tied for second with Neville’s Aoife O’Donovan.
“We are both gunning for it,” Duzan said. I know we have both put the work and time in and we will see on Monday.”
The Lady Tors won their third straight regional title last week by 12 shots over Captain Shreve while Ursuline edged Assumption 166-170 for the Region II title.
Tyree will tee off with Chauvin and Assumption’s Claire Landry at 9 a.m. on Monday in the first round. Duzan will tee off with Academy of Our Lady’s Madeline Boudreau and Ursuline’s Anya Klimas, while sophomore Abbie Richard will go off at 11:20 a.m. with Vandebilt’s Gabrielle Dishman and Assumption’s Danielle Skelton.
The Sulphur Tor golf team making its first trip to the state tournament since 2013.
Austin Stewart will be the first to tee off for the Tors on Monday at Farm d’Allie golf course in Carencro on Monday. Chase McCormick will tee off at 1:08 p.m. followed by Jace Benoit at 1:16 p.m. Brayden Wright will tee off from the 10th hole at 1:10 p.m. and Jarod Keers will start at 1:30 p.m.
The Tors last won a state championship back in 2006.
Byrd will be going for its fourth straight Division I boys’ golf championship. Byrd shot a 582 team score last year and beat second place West Monroe by 17 strokes.
Byrd had the top two medalist last year in Carter Toms and Phillip Barbaree but both graduated. The top returning medalist is West Monroe’s Joey Kirkland who placed third last year.
Some of the other contenders for medalist honors this year include Zacharay’s Brady Bennett, St. Paul’s Chris Wilson and Barbe’s Gage Primeaux.