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Harry Neese 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Brandt Garon and Craig Rose on winning the 2023 Harry Neese tournament today at City Park GC. This unique event includes 27 holes of two player team competition. The 1st nine holes are a Scramble format, the 2nd nine holes are Better-Ball format, and the 3rd nine holes are a modified Alternate Shot format. Even par for 27 holes is a score of 96.The groups of Brandt Garon & Craig Rose were tied with Jeremy Gautreaux & Greg Berthelot at 12-under par 84 after 27 holes. The Garon/Rose team won the playoff and 1st place. The Gautreaux/Berthelot team finished second. The family team of Grant Welch and Eddie Welch came in 3rd at 9-under par 87.The field was flighted after the Scramble nine holes. The Frank Schroeder & Steven Thompson team won the First Flight at even par 96. The teams of Danny Oliver & Tom Connors and Richard Lynch & David Ourso tied for 2nd place in the First Flight.

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2023 Baton Rouge Jr. Championship Winners

On October 7, boys and girls ages 7 to 17 participated in the 2023 Baton Rouge Junior Championship at BREC’s Beaver Creek Golf Course.

Ethan Marx, a former resident of Zachary now living in Mandeville returned to take the title of Baton Rouge Junior Champion for 2023.  Hosted at Beaver Creek in Zachary, Marx jumped out to an early front 9 lead with a 3 under 33, and didn’t relent with a one under back nine 35 to shoot a 68.  2021 Champion Elliott Aucoin tried to make a back nine charge with a two under 34, but couldn’t overcome a front nine 37, managing a second place finish for the second year in a row.  Mason Comeaux of Brusley High School finished third with a 75.

Ethan Marx – Tournament Champion

On the girl’s side, Evelynn Artieta of Walker shot identical one under 35s on both nines to take the girl’s title.  Peyton Flynn, the 2021 champion finished second with a 75.  Nikki Chase took third place with an 85.

Evelyn Arieta – Girl’s Title Winner

In the boy 12 -14 year olds, Owen LeJeune shot a 77 to take that title, followed by Janie Giardina winning the girl’s side.

In the boys 10-11, Sam Shield defended his title with a nine hole 41, and Carlie Tiche taking the girl’s title with a 40.  In the 7-9 boys Carter Fortier won with a 49, and Abigail Cheramie with a 43 for the girls.


Tournament Scores:

15-17 BOYS

Ethan Marx 33 35 68 1st
Elliott Aucoin 37 34 71 2nd
Mason Comeaux 37 38 75 3rd
Drew Daigle 36 40 76 4th
Brad Buras (scorecard playoff) 41 37 78 5th
Hunter Cole     78  
Max Kimble     81  
Jack Prejean     82  
Edward Sanchez     82  
Charlie Jackson     83  
Avery Blanchard     90  
Zachary Clark     106  
Peyton Weinman     122  

15-17 GIRLS

Evelynn Artieta 35 35 70 1st
Peyton Flynn 37 38 755 2nd
Nikki Chase 43 42 85
Bayleigh Waldrep     95
Peyton Escamilla     112

12-14 BOYS

Owen LeJeune 40 37 77 1st
Maddox Estilette 41 39 80 2nd
Davis Murphy 39 42 81 3rd
Tyler Vessell     86
David Gary     96
Sawyer Goss     100  

12-14 GIRLS

Janie Giardina     122 1st

10-11 BOYS

Sam Shields     41 1st
Wilton Pfifer     55 2nd
Noah Brown     57 3rd

10-11 GIRLS

Carlie Tiche     40 1st

7-9 BOYS

Carter Fortier     49 1st
Nixon Van     57 2nd

7-9 GIRLS

Abigail Cheramie     43 1st
Ella Gonzales     56 2nd

Baton Rouge Amateur 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Greg Berthelot on winning the 2023 Baton Rouge Amateur Championship at Beaver Creek golf course. In the morning semi-final matches Greg Berthelot won his match against Nicholas Cristea three holes up with two holes to play. In the other semi-final Jeremy Gautreaux took 17 holes to move past Jason Humphries two holes up with one hole to play. This set up the final match of Berthelot versus Gautreaux. Greg Berthelot continued his strong play in the final match winning six holes up with five hole to play.

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Baton Rouge Open 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Grant Welch on winning the 2023 Baton Rouge Open today at Santa Maria. Grant followed up his Saturday 69 with a Sunday 2-under par 70 for a three-shot victory at a 5-under par total of 139. Grady Brame Jr. had the low round of the day with a Sunday 4-under par 68 to finish in second place at 2-under par 142. Nicholas Cristea took third place at 1-over par 145, one shot ahead of Parker Johnson who finished 4th at 146. Schuyler Cotton rounded out the top 5 at 4-over par 148. Garret Westbrook, Jeremy Gautreaux, and Kenny Barousse tied for 6th place at 5-over par 149.

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Baton Rouge Senior Open – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Wendell Akins on winning the 2023 Baton Rouge Senior Open today at Beaver Creek golf course. Wendell shot 3-under par on the back nine to post a Sunday 1-under par 71 and a 5-under par 36-hole total of 139. That was good for a two-shot victory.David Knight shot a 2-under par 70 on Sunday to finish tied with Bob McCusker in second place at 1-under par 141. Wes Watts, Danny Simoneaux, and Tate Zyroll tied for 4th place at 1-under par 143. Danny Nelson finished in 7th place, the only player finishing at even par 144.

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Four-Ball Challenge 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Craig Rose and Phil Frazier on winning the 2023 Four-Ball Challenge today at BREC’s Beaver Creek Golf Course. Craig and Phil shot 3-under par on the front nine and 2-under par on the back nine to win by one shot at 5-under par 67. Players had to contend with weather that started off nice, got windy, then the rain came, and it was nice again by the time the last groups finished. One shot back at 4-under par 68 were the teams of Wes Watts & Jamie Lavigne and Gayle Sanchez & John Henchy. They were one shot ahead of a big group of teams that included Pat & Logan Leary, Blake Watts & Chuck Laudermill, Brady & Kyle Bennett, Robbie White & Paul Castro, and Donte Calderra & Kyle Wells.Tim & Austin Edens won the First Flight with an even par round of 72. There finished one stroke ahead of Mike Thomas & Chris Leonard, Keith Collins & Andy Barker, and Andre Prejean & Justin Leblanc. Addison Gee and Jacob Agazzi won the Second Flight winning a tie-breaker with Ken Joslyn & Steve Foster. They were one stroke ahead of the teams of Guy Hymel & Marr Coulas and Kerry D’Antonio & Chris Dake.

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Plainsman Four-Ball 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Wendall Akins and BJ Taillon on their victory in the 2023 Plainsman Four-Ball at BREC’s Beaver Creek golf course. In the Better-Ball format, they followed up a first round 5-under par 67 with a second round 10-under par 62 for a 15-under par total of 129. The 129 total provided a five-stroke margin of victory over the teams of David Knight & Mark Bienvenue and Ken Collins & Nat Jeansonne who tied for second place at 10-under par 134. Paul Viguet & Mario Migliacio came in 4th at 135 one stroke ahead of Tre Simmons & Caz Bernhard who finished at 136.Robert McCusker & Randy Goff won the First Flight posting 71-66 for a 7-under par 137 total. Blake Barber & Corey Theriot came in second at 2-under par 142. Schuyler Cotton & Chuck Laudermill won the Second Flight at 3-under par 141, three shots ahead of the team of Matt Tucker & Stephen Frederick. Patrick & Logan Holmes won the Fourth Flight at 5-over par 149, one stroke ahead of Scottie Southall & Mike Lejeune who improved nine strokes with a second round 1-under par 71.

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Webb Championship 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Jeremy Gautreaux on winning the 2023 Webb Golf Course Championship tournament today. Jeremy followed Saturday’s 6-under par 66 with a 1-under par 71 on Sunday for a one-shot victory at 7-under par 137. Brandt Garon & Schuyler Cotton both shot Sunday 68’s to tie for the low rounds on Sunday and for 2nd place at 138. Scott Haynie finished in 4th at 5-under par 139. Chad Braud and Elliot Aucoin tied for fifth place at 1-under par 143.Wendell Akins posted a Sunday 1-under par 71 to win the First Flight by 5 strokes. Scott Freeland and Chris Kieren tied for 2nd in the First Flight at 150. Tiebreakers were needed in the Second Flight as Frank Schroeder, Randall Little, and David Knight all tied for first place at 156. David Price won the Third flight with a 164 total.

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JS Clark Golf Course Renovations Complete

BREC’s newly renovated J.S. Clark Golf Course will re-open to the public beginning Monday, May 1, 2023. The course originally opened as a short 9-hole course in 1954 and closed in March of 2021 for renovations. The completion of this project represents a dramatic step forward for J.S. Clark Golf Course and BREC Golf as a part of Phase 1 of the Greenwood Park and Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan. BREC plans to host an official opening to celebrate the renovations in July.

J.S. Clark is one of BREC’s two 9-hole golf courses, the other being City Park Golf Course.  With Dumas Golf Course closing in conjunction with the re-opening of Clark, BREC continues to operate five golf courses across the agency.  For more information on future improvements at Greenwood Park, visit brec.org/ReimagineZooGreenwood.

The original 9-hole course was 1,861 yards at its longest, included only par 3 and par 4 holes, and played to a total par of 31.  The new J.S. Clark 9-hole course stretches to 3,162 yards and features two par 5’s, two par 3’s, and five par 4 holes for a total par of 36. By playing the course twice, golfers have the option of playing 18-holes on a 6,324-yard course with a total par of 72.  This 18-hole length is more than 100 yards longer than BREC’s Webb Park Golf Course.

The renovation includes unique, large putting greens feature levels and slopes ranging from 8,500 to 10,500 square feet each allowing the space to use two holes on each green, so that 18-hole players can play to a different hole through the two rounds of 9-holes. Standing out among them, the par three 5th hole features a putting green that is almost 50 yards deep from front to back.  For an 18-hole player this could create a three or four club difference between the first and second time they play the par 3 hole.

The course also offers a lighted driving range and short game practice area that are open for public use. Golf cart and club rentals are also available.

For pricing, operating hours or to book a tee time visit https://golf.brec.org/courses/jsclark.

City Park Championship 2023 – Tournament Results

Congratulations to Wendell Akins on winning the 2023 City Park Course Championship.  Wendell posted a 2nd round 65 to back up his first round 63 and win by one stroke with an even par 128 total.  Jeremy Gautreaux held the first round lead and one shot back in second at 129.  Robbie White and Logan Leary tied for 3rd at 132.  Scott Haynie posted a second round one under par 63 to finish fifth at 133.Craig Rose also posted a second round one under par 63 to win the First Flight with a 135 total.  Elliot Aucoin came in 2nd in the First Flight after a second round even par 64.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the City Park Course Championship.

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