Benton wins third straight Division II state golf title


Russell Hedges

The Benton Tigers won their third straight Division II state golf championship in dominating fashion Tuesday at Huntington Park Golf Course.

The Tigers shot a 14-over par 302 in the second round for a two-day total of 610, 30 strokes better than runner-up St. Louis of Lake Charles. North DeSoto finished third at 646.

Benton’s David Cole won individual medalist with a two-day total of 2-under 70-72–142, one stroke better than North DeSoto’s Matt Ramsey. Benton’s Jacob Wyatt finished with a 76-79–155.

Three Benton golfers improved their scores in the second round. Shane Cram shot a 76 to go with his first-round 82. Corbin Cantrell and Colton Ryan both improved their scores by four strokes. Cantrell shot an 80-76 and Ryan an 82-78.