Gator Classic marked by come-from-behind victories

Ian Auzenne

Zachary, La.–No lead was safe this weekend at Copper Mill Golf Club.

The three first-day leaders all found themselves lower on the leaderboard at the end of the second day of the Mizuno Gator Classic.  With those collapses came remarkable performances, as the winners all posted personal bests on the tour.

The best example of this came in the Boys 15-18 division.  Josh Carnes, of Monroe, finished the first round with a three-stroke lead over Stewart Perilloux, of Zachary, and Jamison Thomassee, of Opelousas, after shooting +3 on the par-72 course.  His remarkable run continued early Sunday, as he shot 34 on the front nine.

The back nine was Carnes’s undoing.

He posted three bogies and one double-bogey on the in holes, falling from the top of the standings in the process.

Perilloux shot -3 on his home course in the second round to take home the championship with a total of 146.  Both Carnes, who shot +3 in the second round, and Thomassee, who finished with an even round, tied for second place, finishing three strokes behind Perilloux.

Carson Caruso experience the same second-day slump in the Boys 12-14 group.

Caruso, of Greenwell Springs, shot 74 in the first round, taking a two-stroke lead into the final round.  He never found his footing on the second day, shooting 82 on the final 18 and moving  down to third place and a score of 156.

Another tour regular, Brandon Rogilio, Jr., of Baton Rouge, shot 74 in the final round to take home the division title with a total score of 150.

New Orleanian Trey Morse took second-place honors in his first event in the Boys 12-14 division.  The longer course and 18 extra holes did not phase him, as he finished only two strokes off the lead.

Kale Fontenot was in position to take home the Boys 9-11 group title back home to Lafayette after the first day.  He shot 33 (-3) in the nine-hole first round, giving him a four stroke lead going into the second day.

Fontenot struggled on the second day, shooting three bogies and one triple-bogey in the final round to fall to third place.

Baton Rouge resident Ryan Dupuis shot even par on the tournament to take home the division championship.  He held off Picayune, Mississippi, resident Cameron Guidry by only one stroke.  Fontenot finished three strokes off the lead.

The only girl competing in the Gator Classic, Caroline Covington, of Denham Springs, played in the 9-11 age group.  She shot 97 in the 18-hole event.

The Louisiana Tour golfers have only a short rest before the next tournament.  The USSSA Junior Golf Tour returns to action next weekend.  The Mizuno Crescent City Challenge will take over the Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans.

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