Jack Terry said he doesn’t know what to expect once the BREC Baton Rouge Junior Amateur Championship begins on Wednesday at Santa Maria Golf Course.
There is one thing Terry, BREC’s Golf Development Manager, can guarantee - no repeat champions.
Neither 2010 champion - Brennan LeBlanc (boys) and Brooke Dillon (girls) - are entered in the tournament that offers a intriguing good news-bad news thread.
Playing without both defending champions is not good news. The fact that the annual tourney has attracted 64 golfers ? a considerable increase over recent years - is good news. For Terry, there is plenty of intrigue, starting with the 8 a.m. tee times. The two-day event concludes Thursday.
“To be honest with you, I really have no idea what to expect,” Terry said. “You’ve got a number of players who have played in this tournament and done well before.
“On the boys side, I think you could have five or six different guys in contention and I expect it to come down to the last few holes. That makes it exciting.”
The tournament for golfers under the age of 18 will feature separate divisions for competitors 14- to 17 years old, 12-13 and 9- to 11.
Terry gives the nod to Zachary’s Drew Patin as a pre-tourney favorite. Patin was the MVP of the All-Metro golf team for Divisions I-II, Classes 5A-4A in the spring
Others to watch include Blake Gautreaux, William Meyers, Landon Covington, Blake Eisler, Sam Justice, Chad Arsenault and 2010 runner-up Daniel Schroeder.
A small girls division will be led by middle schooler Anna Heine of University High, Anna Claire Welch and Haley Harrington.
Terry rates Cole Arsenault, Stewart Perilloux, Trey Winstead and D.J. Johnson as top contenders in the 12- to 13-year-old age group. Tyler Armstrong, Andrew Bennett and Brayden Seguin are expected to help lead the 9-11 division.
Terry said the dry conditions should make for a fast course and even faster greens.
“We’re going to follow USGA guidelines and set up the course so that you have two to three holes that are difficult,” Terry said.
“Some of the others won’t be as hard. I expect some birdies and some low scores.
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Tee times for Wednesday, July 13th
18 holes, starting on hole No. 10
8am Blake Gautreaux, William Meyers, Drew Patin
8:10 Blake Eisler, Sam Justice, Chad Arseneault
8:20 Michael Sotile, Peter Mata, Alex Anderson
8:30 Matthew Jakuback, Daniel Schroeder, Davis Field
8:40 Weldon Furr, Jon Herrington, Landon Covington
8:50 Nick Dartez, Spencer Shingleton, Dillon Soniat
9am Jake Phelps, Alex Deville, Shane Arseneault
9:10 Jefferey LeBeouf, Aaron Green, Jonathan Davis
9:20 Joseph Delpit, Ryan Huffty, William Fishburn
9:30 Cole Arseneault, Stewart Perilloux, Trey Winstead
9:40 Peyton Cooley, DJ Johnson, Travis Arseneault
9:50 Donnie Lacombe, Austin Brock, William Lee
10am Miller Maestri, Wil Trum
10:10 Kermit Johnson, Jack Godbery
Starting on hole No. 1
8:10 Grant Welch, Tanner Stockton
8:20 Haley Harrington, Anna Claire Welch, Anna Heine
8:30 Victoria Burges, Jessica Varner
8:55 Tyler Armstrong, Andrew Bennett, Brayden Seguin
9:05 Ryan Lam, Kylie O’Brien
9:15 Ben D’Armond, Landon Thames, Brett Brock
9:25 John G McKernan, Bryce Trum, Ree Godbery