BREC’s Baton Rouge junior amateur golf championship begins Tuesday at Santa Maria Golf Course.
The two-day tournament has attracted a field of 30 boys and girls. Wednesday’s final day will be played at Webb Memorial Golf Course.
Jack Terry, BREC golf development manager, said the par-72 courses will challenge the participants. Santa Maria is longer, while Webb has smaller greens.
“Santa Maria is long and expansive,” he said. “The golfers will use all 14 clubs there. Webb has tighter fairways and is a shot-maker’s course. Webb has a challenging short game and could help the golfers who aren’t as long off the tee box. The champion will have to finish.”
Anna Heine is the defending girls champion. Heine, a sophomore-to-be at University High, also won in 2011. She helped the Cubs to Division II girls golf state titles in 2013 and ’14. She was third individually at the state meet this year.
Heine was the second member of her family to win a BR junior amateur title; her father, Randall, won the title in 1978.
Another top female player is Makayla Gilliam, a member of the Baton Rouge High boys team.
“Makayla is a strong player, and I expect a strong shootout on the girls side,” Terry said.
Boys expected to contend include Peter Mata of Catholic High, Daniel Shroeder and Cole Arseneaux. Shroeder is a recent Parkview Baptist graduate and twice finished second in this event. He helped the Eagles to state runner-up spots in 2013 and ’14; he tied for third individually at Division II state in 2013.
Terry said Arseneaux could be the longest hitter in the field. About half of the golfers, including Mata and Arseneaux, participated in BREC’s first tee program.
Players tee off from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. There are five age groups. Playing nine holes per day are the 7-9 and 10-11 age groups. Playing 18 holes are the 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18 age groups.
May high school graduates who haven’t started college and meet the age requirements are eligible to participate.