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YOUTH HELPS REBELS GET PAST HAHNVILLE

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / April 10, 1998

LAPLACE – Much has been made lately about the young guns dominating the PGA Tour. Three of the majors last year were won by golfers under 30 – Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Ernie Els. Throw in such young pros as David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood, and you can see how the younger generation has made its mark on the professional level.

Youth is also serving the Riverside golf team well this year. Freshman Brett Bergeron, eighth-grader Michael Schoen and sixth-grader Leisl Hasbrouck, along with junior Jeremy Cain and senior Tony Bonilla, have led the Rebels to a 6-0 record this season.

The Rebels remained undefeated Thursday afternoon with a 167-178 victory over Hahnville at Riverlands Golf and Country Club. Riverside was led by Schoen, who shot a 2-over par 38. Bergeron followed with a 39 and Bonilla and Hasbrouck finished with a 43 and 47, respectively. Jon Borne led the Tigers with a 3-over par 39. Chad Keller shot a 42, while Clint Ory added a 46 in the fourth spot. Ryan Moran and Caleb Gregory both finished with a 51.

The wind played a factor in the scores, especially on the sixth hole. The players had to play into the wind, making the 540-yard par-5 even longer. Schoen was one-over par heading into the par-5 third hole. On his third shot, Schoen chipped from under the trees on the right side about 25-yards away from the green to within five feet of the pin, dropping the putt for a birdie. He continued to scramble, chipping from behind the green on the fifth hole to two feet of the hole and making the putt to save par. And on the par-4 seventh, Schoen hit his second shot from 80 yards out to within 20 feet, two putting for another par.

Borne recovered from three bogeys on the first three holes to birdie the sixth hole. He hit his second shot from the left of the cart path to just off the green, chipping to 10 feet and making the putt. Borne did it again on the seventh, chipping from behind the green to within a foot of the hole, tapping in the putt to save par. On the eighth hole, Borne hit his second shot from 100 yards from the right rough to within 20 feet of the hole and two-putted for a par.

Keller also hit a number of shots close, hitting from the right rough on the fourth hole to within five feet of the hole and two putting for a par. He closed out the round on a high note, burying a 15-foot putt from the fringe on the ninth hole for a par.

Riverside will host Hahnville and Destrehan Wednesday at Belle Terre Golf and Country Club at 3 p.m.

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