Golf: Eagles claim third in 4A – Lamirand posts top-10 finish

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Nearly as soon as his putter sent the ball racing across the green on the third hole Tuesday, Cade Lamirand started a near sprint to the hole.

SWEET STROKE – Decatur’s Cade Lamirand sinks an early putt during his final-round 77 Tuesday. Lamirand finished tied for seventh at the 4A state tournament. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“It was a 40-foot putt, and I felt it go off the putter and it felt good. I started walking it down, and it went in,” Lamirand said.

The early birdie gave Lamirand’s round a jolt that he carried until the back nine on the way to shooting a 7-over 77. With his two-round total of 150, Lamirand tied for seventh at the Class 4A tournament of the University Interscholastic League golf championships at Onion Creek Golf Club in Austin.

“My final tournament to finish top 10 is surreal,” Lamirand said. “I played my best golf at the end.”

Behind Lamirand’s lead, the Decatur Eagles earned a bronze medal. The Eagles compiled a two-day score of 622 to finish third – three shots ahead of Region I rival Monahans.

Argyle claimed the 4A title with a 605. Texarkana Pleasant Grove finished second with a 614.

“It was my second year here, and we needed to go out with a bang,” Lamirand said.

The Eagles were in fourth after their first round of 315. Decatur cut eight strokes off its score in the second round with a 307 to move past Monahans.

“That describes what this team is made of to come from behind and take third,” said Decatur coach Fernando Escobar. “It took perseverance, grinding and taking it one hole at a time.”

Lamirand set the pace for the Eagles in the first round, shooting a 3-over 73 to put him just six shots off the lead in third place.

“It was awesome. Everything was going my way,” Lamirand said about his Monday round. “I played well, and the putts were falling. It was a solid round.”

SLOW DOWN – Decatur’s Bryce Elder talks to his ball after a downhill putt on the 16th green. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

That round put him in the top group with the other leading teams’ No. 1 players for the second round. With two solid par saves on the opening two holes and then the birdie on three,, he showed he was up to the task.

“Those kids are good and had the edge on me. But I knew if I kept it going, I could hang with anyone,” Lamirand said.

Three straight bogeys put Lamirand at 2-over at the turn. He remained at 2-over through 13. He picked up five strokes on the final five holes.

“A couple shots got away from me, and the wind picked up. It was really just two holes,” Lamirand said.

Fellow Decatur senior Drew Jones, who tied for fourth as a junior and was making his fourth state tournament appearance, opened with an 82 Monday. He came back strong Tuesday and posted a 1-over 71. He was 2-under on the front nine in the second round.

Cutting 11 strokes out in his second round, he finished with a two-round total of 153.

“I was able to reel it back today and take the big numbers out of play,” Jones said. “I had four birdies in the first six holes. I still didn’t hit it great, but it was a ton better.”

Bryce Elder posted two solid rounds of 76 and 78 for a 154.

Hayden Bennett followed an opening 86 with a second-round of 84 for a 170. Mason Hudson posted rounds of 84 and 87 for a 171.

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