The Catholic High School golf team wrapped up one of the more impressive regular seasons in recent memory this week. With four returning starters from the state runner-up team of a year ago, the Bears A team was dominant locally, as well as on the road, running up an overall record of 47-1.
The season opened for the Bears with an impressive 11 shot victory at the two day Verne Edwards Memorial Invitational in Houston at TPC Woodlands. The Bears bested 21 strong teams from the Houston area to win this prestigious event.
The Bears then faced off against defending state champion C.E. Byrd in the Blue Gator Match Play Invitational at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. Catholic High was able to walk away from that match with a 4-2 victory over the Yellow Jackets and shared Co-Championship honors with host Ascension Episcopal when the championship round was rained out.
The Bears took home the runners-up trophy to nationally ranked Ascension Episcopal in the inaugural Fleur de lis Invitational at Beaver Creek golf club. Catholic High finished 2nd out of 8 teams and suffered their only loss of the season thus far to the Blue Gators.
Metro Play began in February for the Bears and it has been pure domination. The Bears play an A and B team in the Baton Rouge Metro league and those teams have combined to go 28-0 against other Metro area competition. It is the third straight undefeated Metro regular season for the Bears. The Bears roster of 10 players for the A and B team combined have a scoring average of 37 on the metro season.
"We are thrilled with our regular season performance but every goal that this team has set, is still in front of us as we head into post-season play next week," Head Coach Christopher Davis said. "Our senior leadership of Walter Anderson, Carter Schmitt, and Grant Fisher has kept this team focused on the ultimate goal. Those guys have been the veteran presence they have always been while the improved play of Junior Alston Manne, who leads the Bears in scoring average, and Sophomore David Marsh has given us a strong core four of players. The competition for the five spot has been fierce all year and those young men like Sophomore Nyles Williams, Senior Grant Fisher, Freshman Drew Prieto, and Juniors Turner Hester, Granison Alexander, and Emmet Healy have pushed each other to all become better players."
The Bears begin the post-season Tuesday, April 4 and look to secure their third straight Metro Tournament Championship at The Island in Plaquemine at 11:00 a.m.