Pine golfer takes 6th at state meet

Published 4:30 am Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pine’s Tanner McKenzie took sixth place in the Division III state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Wetlands in Lafayette.

McKenzie fired a 150 over the two-day event, with rounds of 73 and 77.

On the first day of competition, McKenzie set a personal record with a 33-three under par on the back nine.

“I was hitting the ball very well and that confidence led me to having two really good rounds,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie talked about his hitting.

“I was hitting the ball very well,” McKenzie said. “My putting was very shaky going in, but I worked that out and the confidence I had hitting the ball led me to big things in the tournament.”

When asked about his performance at state, McKenzie said that it was fun and solid.

“I played really well and gave it a run for its money,” McKenzie said. “I was very satisfied with my finish.”

This was McKenzie’s first time in the state tournament.

“It was definitely a big learning experience. It was great,” McKenzie said, noting that he was a little nervous at first, but was fine once he got past his first tee shot.

Ascension Episcopal’s Eli Ortego won the title with a 141 (70-71) in the 45-golfer competition.

Episcopal’s John Hayden Wood was just a stroke behind for second (72-70).

Spots 3 through 7 were separated by just three strokes.

Loyola Prep’s August Drummond (75-73) and St. Charles Catholic’s Mikey Landry (76-72) tied for third with a 148 each, followed by University’s Clayton Brown’s 150 (73-77). McKenzie was next and University’s Luke Haskew posted a 151 (75-76) to finish seventh.

Ascension Episcopal is the team state champion after posting a 607 (306-301) for the two days, with seven teams qualifying for team points.

University was second at 632 (314-318), followed by Episcopal’s 652 (330-322), Isidore Newman’s 679 (339-340) and Loyola Prep’s 680 (331-349).