Benton’s White finishes tied for 15th in David Toms Foundation tournament

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Benton sophomore-to-be Hayden White finished tied for 15th in the American Junior Golf Association’s David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior tournament at Southern Trace Country Club.

White shot a 5-over 77 in Thursday’s final round for a three-day total of 9-over 225.

Second-round leader Simms Abney of Madison, Miss., cruised to a five-stroke victory. He shot a 70 Thursday and finished at 8 under. Jacob Bergeron of Slidell also shot a 70 and finished five strokes back in second.

Tommy Boone of Plano, Texas, and Logan Lockwood of Van, Texas, tied for third, two strokes behind Bergeron.

White started strong, birdieing the first two holes, and played the front nine in 2 under. That was his best score on the front nine in the three rounds.

But he struggled on the back nine, bogeying the first three holes. He also had a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 14th, a hole on which he made eagle in the first round and birdie in the second, and a double bogey on the par-3 16th.

White finished on a high note, though, birdieing the par 5 18th for the second time in three days.

Colton Ryan, White’s teammate at five-time Division II state champion Benton, shot a final-round 78 and finished tied for 35th.

Halley Jones of Dallas rolled to a big victory girls division. She fired a 70 Friday and finished at 7 under, 12 strokes better than runner-up Abbey Daniel of Covington.

The tournament, named after the foundation of PGA Tour pro and former Airline star David Toms, attracted 76 players. Most of the players were from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com