Regional Runner-Up Golfers Have a State Title to Defend
A senior from last year’s state championship team and a sophomore first-year starter carried the Jesuit golf team to a runner-up finish at the Division I Region II Championships. The regional tournament, which combines teams from Districts 3 and 4 and qualifying individuals, was held on April 24 at Carter Plantation in Springfield, La. While Jesuit fell four strokes short of winning the regional, the Jays knew their top priority was qualifying for the state tournament and now preparing to defend the title.
It was a great day for senior Grayson Glorioso and sophomore Andrew Barreca, but Catholic High also saw two golfers turn in low rounds, of 70 and 74, to earn first and third place individually. Glorioso’s 1-over 73 and Barreca’s 3-over 75 were worthy of an individual runner-up and a T-4 finish, respectively.
With Catholic’s best two scores (E) edging out Jesuit’s best two (+4) by four, the Blue Jays needed some magic from their remaining players. Junior Britton Khalaf and senior Jake Kuebel both turned in 80, while Catholic’s #3 and #4 matched them with a 79 and 81. Jesuit finished with a team score of 308, four strokes higher than Catholic’s 304. The Blue Jays discarded their fifth score of 85, shot by senior J.T. Holmes.
The top four team scores from the 8-team regional tournament advanced to state, and the Bears and Blue Jays were well ahead of the other six competing teams. Brother Martin earned 3rd place with a team score of 320, and Zachary slipped past St. Paul’s by two strokes to take the fourth spot. Although St. Paul’s won the District Championship a week prior, their performance at regionals did not qualify for state tournament participation.
Jesuit’s head coach Owen Seiler ’75 kept his remarks brief and future-focused, saying, “Next week is when it counts. Go Blue Jays!”
On April 30 and May 1, the LHSAA State Golf Tournament will be held at Farm d’Allie in Carencro, La.