Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 12

Hamilton and Ortego win first state championships by Ian Auzenne Girls: (L-R) Abbie Richard, Girls 15-18 2nd Place; Janie Morrison, Grils 15-18 Champion, Rayne; Carly Whittington, Girls 12-14, Champion, Kinder. Boys 15-18: (L-R) Michael Travasos, Lafayette, 3rd Place; Cameron Mouton, Lafayette, 3rd Place; Taylor Morton, Broussard, 2nd Place, Conner Hamilton, Breaux Bridge, Champion. Boys 12-14: (L-R) Chance Queen, Alexandria, 2nd Place; Eli Ortego, Lafayette, Champion; Ryan Dupuy, Baton Rouge, 3rd Place. 12 Steady, consistent play. That’s the recipe Conner Hamilton and Eli Ortego used to win their first state championships this past weekend at the USSSA/Mizuno Governor’s Games at Le Triomphe Country Club. Despite the sweltering heat, Hamilton of Breaux Bridge and Ortego of Lafayette played spectacularly to claim state titles in their respective divisions. Hamilton survived a few hiccups in the first round of the tournament en route to the Boys 15-18 championship, shooting a 148 in the 36-hole event, holding off runner-up Taylor Morton of Broussard by four strokes. Cameron Mouton and Michael Travasos, both of Lafayette, and Brayden Wright of Sulphur all shot 156 to share third-place honors. Ortego played the best golf of anyone participating in the tournament. He finished at -2 (142) to win the Boys 12-14 group title. Chance Queen of Alexandria took second place, finishing at +2 (146). Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge finished at +3 (147) to take third-place honors. Janie Morrison of Rayne claimed the state championship in the Girls 15-18 division by shooting 173. Abbie G. Richard of Sulphur took second place by shooting 185. Carly Tietje Whittington of Kinder won the state title in the girls 12-14 group by shooting 186.