Jace Benoit (SHS golf)

Sulphur's Jace Benoit hits his approach shots from the No. 18 farway on Wednesday during the Westlake Invitational at the National Golf Club of Louisiana.

WESTLAKE — Sulphur’s Jace Benoit nearly won the top medalist award and Sulphur swept the team awards Wednesday at the Westlake Invitational at The National Golf Club of Louisiana.

Benoit was edged by Kelly Catholic’s (Beaumont, Tx.) Patrick Miller by one shot for medalist honors. Miller shot an even-par 72 and Benoit carded a 73.

Benoit led Miller by two at the turn, but a par on the par-3 12th whole gave Miller a one-shot advantage. Benoit tried to battle back with an 80-foot birdie on the par-3 No. 15, but couldn’t catch Miller. Benoit also holed a chip for a birdie on No. 4.

“I liked my ball striking and I liked that I made a few lucky puts,” Benoit said. “I definitely left a lot of shots out there, especially with my iron game.

“I was really inconsistent off the tee.”

Led by Benoit’s 73, plus 77s from Logan Moore and Brayden Wright, Sulphur won the boys team title by 11 strokes over Kelly Catholic, 308-319. Kolby Trosclair shot an 81 and Jared Pousson turned in an 87.

Abbie Richard’s 83 combined with Chloe Lantier’s 84 gave Sulphur the girls team title at 167, while St. Louis took second at 186. 

St. Louis Catholic’s McKenzie LeDuff shot a 7-over 79 to beat Richard by four shots for the girls top medalist award. 

Richard led LeDuff by one stroke at the turn, but Leduff played the final four holes of the round at even par to pull away with pars on No. 15 and 18 and a birdie on the par-5 17th hole.

“I think that I did good today,” LeDuff said. “I have been struggling this whole season and I finally had a breakthrough.”

LeDuff also finished the front nine strong with pars on hole No. 6, 7 and 9.

The girls regional round will start in two weeks and LeDuff is looking to build off her first sub-80 round of the season. The girls Division I, Region I and Division II, Region I tournament will be at The National Golf Club of Louisiana on Tuesday, April 23rd, starting at 8 a.m.

“I have been working hard and finally got one under 80,” LeDuff said. “I am excited. 

“I think if I keep up the hard work and put in some time I will definitely be close to even.”

The boys postseason will start next week. The Division I, District II tournament will be played at Gray Plantation on Tuesday starting at 8 a.m. The Division II, District II tournament will be played at Gray Plantation on Monday, starting at 8 a.m.