Regional Runner-Up Golfers Have a State Title to Defend

Posted April 26, 2018 / Last updated April 27, 2018

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Sophomore Andrew Barreca puts this par-3 tee shot on line and lands the ball 10 feet from the cup. Barreca made an eagle on hole 4 and carded a 37 on the front nine. He finished with a 75 (+3) in his first regional golf tournament.

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.

Senior Grayson Glorioso had the low round of 73 (+1) for the Blue Jays.

Senior Grayson Glorioso had the low round of 73 (+1) for the Blue Jays.

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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.

View Individual/Team Scores from the Regional Tournament (PDF)

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!”

Teams Advancing  Place
Catholic High 304 1st
Jesuit 308 2nd
Brother Martin 320 3rd
Zachary 327 4th
Teams Not Advancing  Place
St. Paul’s 329 5th
Holy Cross 344 6th
Dutchtown 361 7th
St. Amant 377 8th

On April 30 and May 1, the LHSAA State Golf Tournament will be held at Farm d’Allie in Carencro, La.