Notre Dame's Kyle Camp earns Top 10 finish at prep All-Star event

MARKSVILLE – Notre Dame’s Kyle Camp had high expectations going into Wednesday’s Louisiana Champions Invitational at Tamahka Trails Golf Club.

But following a bogey, bogey start on the first two holes, the junior golfer was never able to recover.

Camp, whose trip to the All-Star invitational was his third straight, shot a round of 80 and finished tied for 10th place with Shaw’s Matt Miller and Loyola Prep’s Kirk Thomas.

“I knew it was going to be rough after I bogeyed the first two holes, but I knew if I could get it back around to somewhere near even-par, it wouldn’t be that bad,” said Camp. “I knew I had to make some birdies to get back into contention.”

Camp, the fourth place finisher in the Division III tournament two weeks ago, rebounded with pars on the third and fourth holes before dropping in a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.

“I had a really good drive and a good second shot and I was right next to the green,” said Camp of the fifth hole. “I hit a little chip to about four feet and made my birdie putt.”

Camp, who shot an 85 in last year’s event, had an opportunity to get to even-par on the par-3 sixth, but his birdie attempt lipped out.

“I had a good drive, but my putt just lipped out,” said Camp. “That could have been a good little streak if I could have put it together.”

A bogey followed on the seventh hole and Camp made the turn with a score of 38, six strokes behind the leader and eventual champion Eric Richard of Loyola Prep.

The backside wasn’t as kind to Camp, who made eight bogies and one birdie over the final nine holes.

“The course wasn’t really playing that tough, but my putting was just awful,” said Camp. “I only had one 3-putt on the front and I had maybe five on the back. My putting just dropped off.”

The course was set up at collegiate levels for the tournament, with the boys playing the par-71 Tamahka layout at approximately 6,800 yards which is significantly longer that the average prep layout.

“The course plays really long when they tip it out and it was playing long today,” said Camp. “I was hitting the ball good so it (the length) wasn’t too bad. But I definitely could have shot better than what I did. I think I could have probably shot a 72 easily if I just would have made some putts.”

Richard, the Division III state champion, won the event by posting a 6-under par 65. His score set the invitational low-round record.

Salmen’s Jennifer Nguyen also set a tournament record by shooting a 73 to claim the title in the girls’ division.

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