St. Paul’s leads Division I boys golf finals after first round

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CARENCRO – Griffith Dorr posted a stellar seven-under-par 65 and led three St. Paul’s golfers finishing in the individual top six to lead the Wolves to a big first-round lead here Monday in the first round of Division I boys’ competition in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Golf Championships.

Dorr (32-33) carded seven birdies in a bogey-free round over the 6,516-yard par-72 Farm d’Allie layout and holds a two-stroke lead over Zach Robertson of Barbe (32-35—67) going into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. St. Paul’s teammate Kason Shaw stands in third place individually with a 34-34—68 score in Monday’s opening round.

Thanks to those scores, a 71 from Gil Ward and a 73 from Joshua Achord, St. Paul’s posted an 11-under-par 277 team score. That was good for a 15-stroke advantage over 2019 defending Division I champion C. E. Byrd, which was led by the even-par 72 of Duke Bowen.

Benton stands in third place at 294 and Catholic High-Baton Rouge is at 296 for fourth place going into the final round which will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Eli Hill of Airline and Noah McWilliams of Benton both carded two-under 70 scores and are tied for fourth, while Reeves Pullin of Ruston and Ward are tied for sixth at one-under 71. Kyle Bennett of Zachary, Duke Bowen of Byrd, Garrett Trahan of Sulphur and Walter Anderson of Catholic-Baton Rouge rounded out the first-day top ten, tying for seventh at even-par 72.

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