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Neithan Allen became just the fourth golfer in history to win both the Lake Charles and Sulphur city championships in the same year. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Neithan Allen became just the fourth golfer in history to win both the Lake Charles and Sulphur city championships in the same year. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Allen leaves mark on local golf scene

Last Modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 10:23 AM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

Chased by history all afternoon, Neithan Allen left his own historic mark on the local golf scene.

Allen became just the fourth golfer in history to win the both the Lake Charles and Sulphur city championships in the same year.

He was the first to do so since Matt Nicholas turned the trick in 2004.

Ironically, it was Nicholas who was chasing Allen Sunday in the final round of the Lake Charles tourney at Mallard Cove Golf Course.

“It was extra special because he was the one I was playing with,” said Allen.

Nicholas, a two-time winner of the Lake Charles title, never was able to make a run at Allen. He started the day five strokes back and never got any closer.

Allen finished the day with a 4-under par 68, same as Nicholas, but his three-day total was much better.

Allen ended the tournament 11-under 205, still those five shots in front of Nicholas who was 210.

“Neithan came in hot and stayed hot,” said Nicholas. “I thought I played pretty well, but not much you can do when a guy plays like that.

“He had a great week and deserved to win.”

For Nicholas, he said it was the fifth or sixth time he took home second.

“A kings bridesmaid I guess,” he said.

Allen shot a 67 in the opening round and never looked back, firing a 70 on Saturday to grab the five-shot lead one week after winning the Sulphur championship.

He now has his sights set on the Westlake City title later this summer.

“It is great to be a part of an elite group and I would love to win Westlake also,” Allen said. “This is just special because of the field and the amount of good golfers who play in this tournament.”

Allen made up for last year when he took a 1-shot lead into the final round at Mallard Cove but finished second to Robby Going.

“Finishing second last year was heartbreaking, said Allen. “That makes coming back and winning this year a little extra special.”

While he claimed to be nervous on the first tee, Allen didn’t show it. He left no doubt about the winner when he birdied three of the first four holes.

“Getting off to a fast start helped,” Allen said.

He added an eagle on the eighth hole but bogeyed the ninth, finishing the front nine at 3-under 33. The back nine was just a victory lap, as Nicholas and Jack Clyde (211) who finished third with an eagle on the final hole. Clyde shot a 69 on Sunday.

“This is just very exciting for me,” said Allen. “I got to play with a great group of guys and we had a lot of fun out there. To share a cart with Matt all day it was kind of like he passed the torch to me.”

Allen said his day started off great when his opening tee shot went right down the middle of the fairway.

“That was a dream start,” said Allen. “The drive right down the middle made me relax. Then the first birdie and I really settled down and enjoyed the day.”

The best round of the day went to last year’s champ Going. The two-time winner played in the first Flight after two tough rounds made him miss the cut.

However, he came back to shot a 5-under 67 and win his flight.

“It’s always nice to win,” said Going. “I just wish I had one of those first two rounds back.”

Shane Fontenot, the recent Barbe High grad and future McNeese State golfer, faltered in the final group. He came in just seven strokes back but shot a 3-over 75 to finish with a 219.

Final Results

Championship Flight

Neithan Allen 67-70-68—205

Matt Nicholas 72-70-68—210

Jack Clyde 71-71-69—211

Hank Shaheen 72-73-73—218

Shane Fontenot 75-68-75—218

Jason Horn 71-73-74—218

John Morrissey 73-72-74—219

Philip Hoffpauir 73-74-72—219

D.J. Schexnider 70-77-72—219

Logan Hayes 75-73-71—219

Zak Barton 72-72-76—220

Gabe Coleman 75-74-72—221

Austin Hinton 79-70-73—222

Byron Martin 75-74-75—224

Sutton Farmer 74-75-79—228

J.D. Welsh 73-76—WD

First Flight

Robby Going 77-75-67—219

Chad Johnson 74-77-72—223

Blake Dereese 74-79-70—223

Kevin McArthur 78-76-69—223

Chris Vallette 75-75-75—225

Chris Gentry 80-71-76-227

Bill Stevens 78-78-72—228

Connor Castille 73-83-74—230

Austin Campbell 75-82-74—231

Blake Derouen 76-82-74—232

Kris Hollan 79-80-75—234

Wayne Sweeney 79-81-75—235

Kyle Collins 77-79-80—236

Thad Gaspard 79-75-83—237

Channing Kile 83-74-80—237

Doug Quienalty 79—WD

Second Flight

Scott Lominac 70-75—145

Binky Barrentine 73-75—148

Shane Heinen 74-74—148

Bill Perkins 74-76—150

Cliff Myers 78-76—154

Bryant Patin 78-77—155

Sean Garrido 80-77—157

Todd Broussard 82-76—158

Gage Primeaux 81-78—159

Scott Hall 80-80—160

Patrick Victor 81-79—160

Landon Deville 83-79—162

Billy Spees 80-84—164

Quinn Burkhalter 80-84—164

Kevin Primeaux 82-82—164

Kevin Corcoran wd

Third Flight

Grant Larocca 76-76—152

David Martin 77-80—157

Jimmy Guidry 78-79—157

Bryan McCullough 80-78—158

Jamie East 78-84—162

Rusty Montiville 83-79—162

Jacob Hathaway 84-78—162

Terrance Hoffpauir 80-83—163

David Duzan 79-85—164

Josh Sargent 85-79—164

Brian Benoit 84-81—165

John Garrett 80-86—166

David Huber 82-84—166

Allen Mitchell 83-85—168

Carlos McGee 88-86—174

Mike Abshire WD

Fourth Flight

Chad Smith 76-78—154

Conner Thompson 78-78—156

Chance Brown 83-75—158

Wil Fruge 75-83—158

Tim Town 81-79—160

Dave Flanagan 81-79—160

Dwight Gerst 76-85—161

Chris Buller 82-79—161

Mason James 85-77—162

Craig Carnahan 77-86—163

Burk Walker 80-83—163

Mike Harrell 82-81—163

Bryan Harris 82-82—164

Brandon Guillory 82-85—167

Val East 86-85—171

Collin Castille WD

Fifth Flight

Scott Theriot 75-81—156

Kevin Broussard 81-75—156

Eric Eskew 81-77—158

Ricky Norwood 76-86—162

Mike Beglis 82-81—163

Charlie Buller 85-78—163

Vic Montgomery 81-83—164

Joe Underwood 83-81—164

Pap Williams 84-83—167

Kevin Lambright 84-83—167

Bill Weise 83-85—168

Danny McGee 86-83—169

Walt Dulany 82-89—171

Chris Fontenot 87-85—172

Pat Comeaux 87-87—174

Tyler Williams 90-84—174

Sixth Flight

Gerald Carrier 83-79—162

Sam Baynes 84-82—166

Richard Bertrand 87-82—169

Mike Richardson 82-89—171

Andrew Hebert 85-88—173

Sandy Woods 86-88—174

Jeff Harper 87-87—174

Dan Breaux 86-89—175

Chad Joe 82-97—179

Harry Henry 86-93—179

Randell Williams 88-94—182

Mike Rousseau 88-95—183

Wilford Carter 94-93—187

Lindell Lambright 93-95—188

Travis Furs 97-91—188

Jimmy Cady 95-95—190

Seventh Flight

Glen Priola 77-84—161

Brian Sacksteder 82-85—167

Delvin Rideau 83-86—169

Jonathon Courville 86-85—171

Scott Landreneau 87-86—173

Robbert Hubbard 85-90—175

Kirk Martin 87-90—177

Paul Garafolo 89-89—178

Dooley Prince 89-91—180

Chris Meaux 96-86—182

Doyle Carter 91-92—183

Mike Carter 88-97—185

Carl Cole 95-93—188

Carl Bertrand 103-86—189

Mark Wilburn WD

Noah Hinton 91-WD

Eighth Flight

Robert Carrier 82-89—171

Mark Taveney 84-88—172

Vince Castille 84-90—174

Julius Courville 85-89—174

Kenny Brown 87-88—175

Robert Crooks 86-90—176

Tony Colletta 88-90—178

Sam Morris 83-96—179

Jerry Bonvillian 88-91—179

Brent Soileau 85-96—181

Mark Fontenot 88-93—181

Dale Babineaux 92-91—183

Marcus Boutte 92-94—186

Peter Augustine 95-93—188

Time Castille 97-92—189

Huey Hebert—100-94—194

Ninth Flight

Kenny Hedrick 86-87—173

Todd Stelly 87-88—175

Lance Hughes 80-96—176

Jim Pilgreen 93-90—183

Ronnie Gibbs 92-93—185

Robert Barfield 90-98—188

Scott Guillory 88-102—190

Chester Cormier 91-02—193

Joey Adaway 101-92—193

Gary Miller 88-109—197

Tony Pitre 99-99—198

Brian Reams 90-109—199

Gary Woods 101-99—200

John Smith 106-104—210

Lelan Laborde 110-102—212

John Daniels WD

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