Lakeview’s Holtz Helms earns trip to LHSAA golf tournament

It’s almost routine to have Lakeview High School represented at the LHSAA basketball Final Four, even in the state finals.

It’s thought to be a first to have a Gator representing Lakeview at the LHSAA Golf Championships. That’s what Holtz Helms will be doing next week in New Iberia.

The 16-year-old will tee it up with the state’s best in Division III at Cane Row Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday. A sophomore who is a kicker on the Gators’ football team, Helms shot 84 in challenging course conditions following heavy rains Monday at Stone Bridge Country Club in Bossier City, and was one of four individual qualifiers moving on from Region 1 competition.

Helms, who has been playing for less than three years, was paired with Holden Webb of Loyola, an LSU golf commitment and the nation’s No. 4-ranked high school golfer. Webb shot a 72, but Helms’ 84 was a very solid score on a day when many of the competitors carded triple digits.

Helms last week won the individual medalist honor at the LHSAA Division 3, District 1 tournament at Querbes Park in Shreveport and earned his place in the regional championships. He shot a 77 to win.

He will begin the Louisiana Junior Golf Tour this summer, slated to take part in nine events around the state.

But first, he gets to represent Lakeview at the state tournament.