Nicholas, Shaheen, DeReese share lead with 18 holes left at City Championship

Published 2:39 pm Saturday, June 22, 2024

Matt Nichols will attempt to do something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade at the Lake Charles City Championship on Sunday at Mallard Golf Club.

Nicholas can become the first back-to-back winner since Jacob Lejeune (2010, ’11) if he can separate himself from the two former champions (DeReese 2007, Shaheen 2022). Nicholas, Shaheen and DeReese are even-par after two rounds on the par-72 course.

Nicholas, a five-time champion, had three birdies on the front nine Saturday and made the turn at 2-under tied with DeReese and two shots ahead of Shaheen but double-bogeyed the par-3 No. 15 for the second consecutive day and shot his second even-par 72.

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After both shot 1-under Friday, Shaheen and DeReese each shot 1-over 73 Saturday.

St. Louis Catholic sophomore Kye Hanks sits three shots back at 3-over and tied with Thad Gaspard. Hanks had a shot at joining the leaders after finishing the front nine 1-under for the tournament, but the final two holes caught up with him for the second consecutive day with back-to-back bogeys. He has played the par-4 17 and par-5 18 5-over through two rounds.

Gaspard and Jackson Wood had the best rounds on Saturday at 3-under 69 and made a huge jump in the standings. Gaspard shot up seven spots while Woods went from 12th to sixth at 4-over tied with seven-time champion Billy Gabbert one shot behind Gaspard and Hanks. After three bogeys on the front nine, Gaspard played the back nine 4-under with birdies on 12, 13, 14 and 17, while Wood was 4-under on the front nine.

45th Lake Charles City Championship

at Mallard Golf Club


Championship Flight

1, Hank Shaheen, 71-73—144.

1, Blake DeReese, 71-73—144.

1, Matt Nicholas, 72-72—144.

4, Kye Hanks, 72-75—147.

4, Thad Gaspard, 78-69—147.

6, Billy Gabbert, 76-72—148.

6, Jackson Wood, 79-69—148.

8, John Morrissey, 74-75—149.

9, George Trappey, 77-76—153.

10, Zachary Robertson, 77-77—154.

11, Jacob Lejeune, 75-80—155

11, Gage Primeaux, 76-79—155.

13, Dustin Bertrand, 83-73—156.

14, Skylar Petroski, 82-76—158.

15, Billy Dressler, 79-80—159.

16, Austin DeReese, 79-82—161.

16, Collin Jones, 82-79—161.

18, Scott Hones, 79-83—162.

18, Alex Augustine, 82-80—162.