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Nicholas wins Westlake city title

Last Modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 12:59 PM

By Louis Bonnette / Special to the American Press

WESTLAKE — It became an even better summer for Matt Nicholas here Sunday afternoon when he shot a six under par 66 to win the Westlake city golf championship at The National.

Now with two area city titles to his credit this year — he won the Lake Charles city earlier in the summer — Nicholas began the day three shots off the lead held by Ben Suarez but pulled even after four holes and took the lead for good on the fifth hole, increasing his margin to two shots at the end of nine. He was 33 going out and 33 coming in.

“It was a really fun day,” he said. “I’ve been playing well and making putts. And, I never put myself in a bad position.”

His 54 hole total was nine under par 207 (69-72-66) while Suarez placed second with 210 (67-71-72), Nick Sonnier was third at 213 (73-69-71), Jacob LeJeune fourth at 217 (72-75-70) and Lawrence David (71-70-78) and Hank Shaheen (74-74-71) fifth at 219.

There were two rain delays during the tournament for a total of 30 minutes, making the course play longer and harder. Tournament director Dave Kaspar said the event was a good start to big things he expects to come at the course.

“We had some really good players in the tournament and this is a course that will test the best player,” he said. “We had several here who can go low and Matt is one of those.”

Nicholas opened his round Sunday with a birdie and then added birdies on Nos. seven and eight. He also birdied Nos. 13, 15 and 17 and shot a bogey-free round.

He nailed his approach shots to the green the entire round with solid ball striking and on only No. 14 was there a possibility of a bogey until he drained a 25-footer for a par.

Suarez, who had led both previous days, didn’t have the best of starts as he double-bogeyed the fourth hole and bogeyed the fifth.

“I tried to get it back when I birdied No. 13 but he (Nicholas) made one too,” he said. “He played well. He never lost his rhythm.”

Besides Nicholas’ 66, there were only three other sub-par rounds Sunday, a two-under by LeJeune and one-under by both Sonnier and Hank Shaheen.

Suarez had the only even par round in the championship flight while in the president’s flight Bryant Patin, Zac Barton and Derek Hamilton shot 72s.

The only other area city tournament remaining is the Sulphur city which will take place in October, which Nicholas said he will enter. He has a chance to sweep the city tournaments in one year — something that only Neithan Allen has done before.

He’s no stranger to the Sulphur city either as he has won it twice.


City Championship

Championship Flight

Matt Nicholas 69-72-66—207

Ben Suarez 67-71-72—210

Nick Sonnier 73-69-71—213

Jacob LeJeune 72-75-70—217

Hank Shaheen 74-74-71—219

Lawrence David 71-70-78—219

Shane Fontenot 71-75-74—220

Jason Horn 69-76-77—222

Jevon Perry 73-76-74—223

D. J. Schexnider 77-71-76—224

Cliff Myers 76-74-78—228

Bill Stevens 74-75-80—229

Channing Kile 75-75-79—229

President’s Flight

Andrew Worley 74-77-81—232

Thad Gaspard 79-72-75—226

Gage Primeaux 73-79-79—231

Byron Martin 76-77-76—229

Russell LeBlanc 74-79-75—228

Chris Vallette 78-76-76—230

Zac Barton 79-76-72—227

Blake DeReese 81-77-77—235

Derek Hamilton 75-85-72—232

Bryant Patin 78-92-72—244

Kevin Primeaux 85-87-81—253

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