Loyd Star freshman takes low medalist honors, team places first in golf match

Published 5:52 pm Monday, February 27, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Loyd Star’s Brody Thibodeaux, Caden White, Kayne Case and Casen Easterling shot a combined score of 155 to win the nine-hole golf match at Brookhaven Country Club. Enterprise had one golfer play varsity and did not have a team score, Mendenhal was in second with 198 and North Pike took third place with 203.

White shot 39, Kayne Case shot 39, Easterling shot 42, Riley Case shot 42, Conner Cratwell shot 44, Dawson White shot 42 and Jamisyn Kelly shot 45 for Loyd Star. Enterprise’s Jerrod Nations finished the day with 44 but was the lone varsity golfer. 

Loyd Star’s Thibodeaux took the lost score of the day with a 35, he is a freshman. 

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Strong winds ruffled shirts, knocked down shots and forced putts to roll a little bit during the round Monday. Thibodeaux said it added a different aspect to the game as each player approached their shots differently than they would on a calm day. 

“Usually you have to club down with the wind. You have to adjust and you can’t hit your normal shot,” he said. 

The wind did not seem to bother him as he shot the best score of the day beating his teammates by four strokes. He spent nearly every day he could on the golf course this summer, worked on his short game and added distance to his shots going into the golf season. 

Thibodeaux was happy with the good day considering the hard work it took. His goal for this season is to keep improving and he said the team’s goal is the same benchmark. 

Last year, his best score was a 74 and over this summer he hit 70, which is even par. A 35 on the back nine at Brookhaven Country Club put him at even par but it could have been a better outing. On the last hole, Thibodeaux was two under with a 10 foot putt for par. He three putted out to finish with a double bogey. 

“It was just golf,” Thibodeaux said. “I think next time I’ll take my time. I should have parred it.” 

He is a strong player like the buffalo and bison driver socks on his clubs. At the age of three, he started playing the game of golf and plays baseball and soccer at Loyd Star. 

“I have always been a perfectionist,” Thibodeaux said. “Golf has never been something I could perfect. I have tried to get there though.” 

Loyd Star, Enterprise, West Lincoln, Brookhaven, Franklin County and Wesson will play in a match on Wednesday at Brookhaven Country Club. Players will tee off in a shotgun start at 2 p.m. weather permitting.