Notre Dame wins Division III golf championship

ZACHARY – Heading into the final round of play at the Division III State Golf Championships at Copper Mill Golf Club, Notre Dame coach Jeff Nickel wasn’t looking for anything spectacular out of his team.

They had already carded a 306 in the first round and carried a commanding 24-stroke lead over defending champion Parkview Baptist on the opening day.

“The kids knew where we stood,” said Nickel. “All we had to do was play a solid final round.”

The Pios played better than a solid round, bettering their score by five strokes with a 301 to claim Notre Dame’s first golf state championship since 2001.

“The kids played really well,” said Nickel whose team won the event by a whooping 44 strokes. “We had two 78s, two 75s and a 73 out there today. Nobody could even touch us. This is the first time since I’ve been coaching that I’ve had all the kids shoot in the 70s.”

Not only did Notre Dame bring home the team title, but freshman Kyle Camp won the individual state championship with a two-day total of 147, three strokes better than runnerup Lewis Peters of Parkview.

Camp had a one-stroke lead on Peters after the first round before firing a 73 Wednesday to secure the title. Peters shot a 75 for the second straight day.

Camp’s performance was just one of numerous outstanding efforts that highlighted the Pios’ championship run.

Ali Lucas, the two-time girls defending state champion and UL-Monroe signee, shot a two-round score of 151 to tie for third with Loyola’s Kirk Thomas but fell to fourth after losing to Thomas on the first playoff hole.

Sophomore John David Nickel followed Lucas in fifth place with a 153.

Another pleasant surprise for Nickel was the play of Louis Mayeaux. The senior wrapped up his prep career in ninth place with a score of 156.

William Mahaffey rounded out the Pios’ scoring with a 164.

Rayne’s Cory Johnson finished tied for 15th place with a 166 while Crowley High’s Kyle Beard was 21st with a 170.

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