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Wednesday, November 14, 2018



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South Lafourche golfer signs with Millsaps

South Lafourche golfer signs with Millsaps



GALLIANO – Baseball was Kyle Estay’s first love, but driving golf balls between camps on Grand Isle led him directly to a college scholarship.

Estay, a South Lafourche senior, signed to play golf with Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in a ceremony at the South Lafourche cafeteria last Wednesday.

“He started swinging clubs on Grand Isle when he was about four,” Estay’s grandmother Donna Estay said. “We lived on Grand Isle, and we had a golf cart. And he would ride the golf cart back and forth out there, at four years old.”

Estay got at least somewhat serious about golf, playing in several youth tournaments. His mother said his biggest influence was television.

“I remember when he was a kid and he would just sit in the front of the TV and watch the Golf Channel. That’s where he learned,” Kyle’s mother Jennifer Estay said.

Kyle liked golf, but he loved baseball.

“I always loved baseball,” Estay, 18, said. “I played every year. I played travel. I played all-star. I fell in love with the sport of baseball. Golf was just sort of a hobby, I never really took it seriously.”

That changed a couple of years ago.

“I decided that I wanted to play collegiate golf,” Estay said. “It was the easiest sport that I had played to make it in, so I concentrated on that, and now I’ve fallen in love with golf.”

“I decided that I wanted to play collegiate golf,” Estay said. “It was the easiest sport that I had played to make it in, so I concentrated on that, and now I’ve fallen in love with golf.”

Estay, who played multiple sports, said concentrating on one was a new experience.

“It was kinda hard,” Estay said. “I was playing basketball, cross country, stuff like that. And it was tough because when I was little, I played all the sports. I loved to play. Any sport at all.”

Estay was not a year round golfer when he decided to change his focus, but he soon became one.

“I figured if I put my mind to it and practiced it,” he said. “I played mostly in the summer. I didn’t play much in winter. But now I’m playing in winter as much as I can, almost every day of the week is practice. And I started getting lessons. I didn’t get my first lesson until I was about 14 or 15 years old. It was all natural.”

First-year golf coach Tommy Boudreaux said Estay impressed him from the beginning.

“From day one, I thought he was a really good golfer,” Boudreaux said. “He’s very consistent, and probably the key aspect that I saw was that he’s very hard on himself on his shot. But if he hits a bad shot, he moves onto the next one, and that’s his new focal point.”