Posted Nov 30, 2006 12:16:34
Tech Golf Signs High School Prep Stars
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Jean Hall announced Wednesday the signing of two of the state’s top high school golfers to national letters of intent.
Cedar Creek High School senior Patrick Blunt and Sulphur High School senior Ben Suarez both signed with the Bulldog golf program during the early period.
“Patrick has really developed into an outstanding golfer in the last few years,” Hall said. “He is a consistent ball striker, a good putter and a very smart player.
“He is already a very steady player, hard working and an outstanding student. He comes from a great family and will be a real asset to our university and golf program.”
Blunt has played varsity golf at Cedar Creek since he was in seventh grade. He led the Cougars to the state tournament last spring and won the Louisiana Class 1A individual state title shooting a 68 and 75.
“Squire Creek is the No. 1 reason,” Blunt said. “Louisiana Tech has always been my hometown college and I’ve always wanted to go there. I’m also thinking of majoring in engineering and (Tech) is a great engineering school.”
Blunt, who is the son of Larry and Connie Blunt, also captured the Tournament of Champions title last year, which pits the five individual winners in each classification in Louisiana, shooting a record 68.
Suarez is in his fourth year of lettering at Sulphur High School, where he has
helped lead the Tors to the regional championship three straight years and the Louisiana Class 5A state title last season.
“Ben has finished in the top five in the state golf tournament in each of the last two years,” Hall said. “He is an outstanding golfer. He has a great golf swing and can hit it a mile. His future is unlimited. When he learns course management and matures, he could be something special.
“He scored a 27 on his ACT and is a 3.8 student. He is a really dedicated student-athlete who I think this university will embrace.”
A three-time team MVP, Suarez was named first team all-state as a junior and finished in the top 5 in the individual competition at last year’s state championships. He qualified this past July to compete in the United States Junior Amateurs by shooting a 67 and 71.
“The facilities at Louisiana Tech (and Squire Creek) are great,” Suarez said. “The chemistry I had with the other players during my visit was like no other school that I visited.”
High School: Played varsity golf for Cedar Creek since seventh grade … helped lead the Cougars to the state tournament as a junior … Won the Class 1A state title in spring of 2006 … Won the Class 1A individual state title as a junior shooting 68 and 75 … named all-state as a junior … won the Tournament of Champions as a junior … shot a 68 … participated in the Westfield Junior PGA Championship held in Westfield Center, Ohio, in August of 2006 … also a member of the Cedar Creek Cross Country team … were the state Class 1A runner-up as a junior … Personal: Son of Larry and Connie Blunt … Has two sisters, Catie and Emma, both Tech students … Born July 31, 1989, in West Monroe, La. … Age 17.
High School: Lettered four years for Coach Clint Lebato at Sulphur High School … Helped lead the Tors to the regional championship three straight years and the Class 5A state championship in the spring of 2006 … Was named team MVP three straight years … Finished as runner-up in regionals as a freshman and sophomore … Named first team all-state as a junior … Finished in the Top 5 in the state individual championship as a junior … Qualified for the US Junior Amateur in July of 2006 shooting a 67 and 71 … Personal: Son of Amy Miller and Bryant Suarez … Has one brother, Will Lemons … Born Aug. 10, 1989, in Lake Charles, La. … Age 17.