AJGA tourney a hit with golfers, to return next year _lowres

Advocate photo by HOWARD ARCENEAUX -- Ashton Radvansky, of Houston, stands on the veranda overlooking Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish during the St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs, held June 29-July 2. Radvansky enjoyed the tournament so much last year, he skipped another prestigious event to play.

Ashton Radvansky, of Houston, skipped an opportunity to play in the Byron Nelson Junior golf tournament, which ended on July 2. Instead, Radvansky told his parents as they were planning his schedule that he wanted to return to Louisiana and compete in the St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs.

“I played in the tournament last year and I just thought the setup was awesome,” said Radvansky, who will attend Bucknell on a golf scholarship in the fall. “You stay in the lodge and you can walk right over to the range. It’s just a fun tournament with the cookout and you have the long-drive contest off the bluff … we just have a blast over here. I love the course, I love the feel of the tournament.

“The volunteers are so nice, I thank them every time I see them,” said Radvansky, who finished the SFAF Junior tied for eighth at 9-over-par. “When we pulled up here, my mom said, ‘Ashton, you didn’t tell us how pretty it was.’ We just love the tournament and love all the people involved.”

The Bluffs hosted 78 golfers and their families June 29-July 2 and for the third straight year, and all of them have similar stories. The St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior is quickly becoming a favorite tournament on the AJGA circuit.

Lauren Field, executive director of the St. Francisville Area Foundation, said about 50 volunteers helped keep the tournament running smoothly, as well as the AJGA staff and a group of 10 interns from around the country. It’s quite an operation coordinating the timers, spotters, shuttle drivers and the host families at The Bluffs who provide free housing to the staff and interns during the tournament.

Field said the tournament will return again next year, and Grigsby and Harrison Investments LLC has agreed to be the title sponsor of the Junior-Amateur event the day before the actual 54-hole tournament.

Partners Lane Grigsby and Julie and Britt Harrison have stepped up to support the junior-am and 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to charitable projects of the St. Francisville Area Foundation. Proceeds from the actual golf tournament will go to operation of the AJGA.

“The kids, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters — we have a lot of people who come out to the tournament,” Field said. “They love it here.”

Golfers from six states and eight countries competed in this year’s tournament. There were 22 in the field from Louisiana, including five golfers who have committed to play at LSU.

“It’s a huge impact on the local economy because they stay at the hotels, they eat at the restaurants and go shopping in town during the tournament,” Field said.

Morgan named All-Metro

West Feliciana pitcher Trey Morgan was named to The Advocate’s All-Metro baseball team for Classes 3A and below. Morgan had a 7-3 record with a 1.48 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 78 innings.

Morgan also led the WFHS Saints on the 7-3A all-district first team as a pitcher and a utility player. Also named to the first team were catcher Will Cupit and outfielder Gage Tygres.

Named to the second team was infielder Ryan Reed.

Send sports news, photos and stats to Howard Arceneaux at harceneaux@theadvocate.com.