—Sam Tarpley and Drew Reaux battled each other and blustery winds this weekend at Farm d’Allie Golf Club.
Reaux, of Breaux Bridge, and Tarpley, of Pollock, entered the final round of the 2017 USSSA/Mizuno Mardi Gras Mambo tied for the Boys 15-18 Division lead. Reaux took advantage of a hot start to claim a four-stroke lead on the front nine of the final round. Tarpley, however, wouldn’t go without a fight, battling back in the home stretch. However, Reaux’s consistency allowed him to hold on for a two-stroke victory, edging out Tarpley 154 to 156. Jacob Billeaud, of Broussard, shaved five strokes off his first-round scored to finish in third place at 169.
Twin brothers James and Joseph McMahan, of West Monroe, claimed two of the top spots in the Boys 12-14 group. James entered the second-round two strokes behind leader, but after posting a 38 on the front nine, he turned that deficit into a two-stroke lead. James never looked back, capping off his round with a birdie on the 18th hole to take the victory by six strokes, shooting 167. Peyton Cantor, of St. Amant, finished in second place with a total of 173. Joseph McMahan posted identical 92s in the two round of play to take third place with a score of 184.
Gabriel Wartelle dominated the Boys 9-11 event. Wartelle, of Masclaux, France, entered the final round of the tournament with a four stroke lead. He finished the tournament with a total of 87, holding off runner-up Ashton Cruse, of Columbia, by five strokes.
Despite a rough front nine on the second day of competition, Carly Whittington finished strong, shooting two birdies on the back nine to shave a stroke off her first day score. Whittington, of Kinder, shot 167 over the two rounds to win the Girls 15-18 event.
The next tournament on the Louisiana USSSA schedule is the 2017 Mizuno/USSSA Hub City Classic.That event is set for the weekend of March 18 at the Wetlands Golf Club in Lafayette. The deadline to enter is March 15. For more information, visit www.usssa.com
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