High school golf: Benton 3rd in Division II tourney; Airline’s Hill ties for 4th in Division I, Bennett 9th

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The Benton Tigers finished third in the Division II state golf tournament held Monday and Tuesday at Farm D’Allie in Carencro.

The defending state champ Tigers shot a 341 in the first round. Benton improved 12 strokes in the second round, shooting a 329 for a two-day 670.

St. Thomas More won with a 640 (314-326). St. Louis Catholic was second with a 653 (323-330). The top three teams were the only ones to break 700.

Ryan Steed led Benton with a 19-over 79-84–163 on the par-72 layout. He tied for sixth.

St. Thomas Moore’s Matt Weber earned medalist honors with a 3-over 147. He finished 13 strokes ahead of teammates Sam Stonecipher and Zach Hardy and Assumption’s Zane Blanchard.

Benton’s Brodie Romero (87-80–167) tied for 12th and Braedon Bell (89-80–169) tied for 15th. Caleb O’Neal (86-85–171) finished 18th. Grant Talley shot a 94-98–192.

Airline’s Eli Hill finished tied for fourth in the Division I tournament at The Wetlands in Lafayette. He shot an even-par 71-73–144. Brayden Seguin of Catholic won with a 6-under 138, one stroke ahead of St. Paul’s Quinn Garcia.

Airline’s Drew Bennett tied for ninth. He shot 2 under in the second round for a two-day 6-over 150.

Parkway’s Ricky Blair shot an 84-81–165.

Byrd rallied from third place after the first round to take the team title. The Jackets shot a 1-under 287 in the second for a two-day total of 19-over 595. That was five strokes better than runner-up Alexandria.

No Bossier Parish team qualified for the Division I tournament.