2024 Lake Charles Spring Classic: Drew Sliman Clinches Overall Boys’ Champion Title, Samantha Truong Impresses in Girls’ Division

March 24, 2024 | Maili Bartz

A look into the final round of the 2024 Lake Charles Spring Classic held at Contraband Bayou Golf Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Sunday, March 24, 2024.  

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76 players competed in the final round of the 2024 Lake Charles Spring Classic hosted by the Southern Texas PGA, Louisiana Junior Golf Tour, and Gulf States PGA. Tee times began this morning at 8:00 AM off the 1st and 10th tee.

Lake Charles, LA – Drew Sliman from Lafayette, Louisiana secured the champion title in the Overall Boys’ division of the 2024 Lake Charles Spring Classic, maintaining his lead atop the leaderboard with two back-to-back impressive rounds of 70. The competition was intense, with Sliman starting the final round tied for the lead with Gavin Hymel from San Antonio, Texas at one-under par. Despite a setback with a double-bogey on hole five of the final round, Sliman regained momentum by securing birdies on holes 8, 9, 13, and 14, gradually pulling away from the competition.

Throughout the tournament, Sliman showcased his skills with a total of 11 birdies and finished at two-under par, earning exemptions into both the 2024 Bluebonnet Championship and 2024 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship. Jacob Presley from Tomball, Texas claimed the runner-up position at even par, also earning an exemption into the 2024 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship. Christopher Cain from Lafayette, Louisiana finished third at one-over par.

Samantha Truong from Manvel, Texas delivered an impressive performance in the Overall Girls’ division. She carded scores of 77 and 70 in the first and second rounds, respectively, with her second round also being the lowest in the girls’ division for the tournament. Truong showcased consistency and skill in her final round, recording 5 out of 6 birdies. Her strong play earned her an exemption into the 2024 Bluebonnet Championship.

Jordan Sandoval from San Antonio, Texas finished as the runner-up at seven-over par, while Victoria Routzong from Richmond, Texas secured third place at 10-over par.

In the Girls’ 13-14 division, Maci Williams from Brusly, Louisiana emerged victorious with a score of 13-over par, defeating Payson Pistono from The Woodlands, Texas in a sudden-death playoff on hole 10 of the Contraband Bayou Golf Course.

In the Boys’ 13-14 division, Rylan Hess of Texas clinched victory with a final score of 7-over par. Anthony Nguyen of Katy, Texas secured the runner-up position with a final score of 8-over par, while Jackson Luft from McGregor finished third with a final score of 10-over par.

The final round at Contraband Bayou Golf Club was filled with chilly winds and temperatures below 70 degrees throughout. The second year of the Lake Charles Spring Classic proved to be a resounding success, providing an excellent platform for players from both states to compete and experience new levels of competition.

The Louisiana Junior Golf Tour extends its gratitude to the Southern Texas PGA and Gulf States PGA for their contributions in making this championship a memorable and successful event. The partnership between the Louisiana Junior Golf Tour, Gulf States PGA, and STPGA continues to flourish, thanks to the efforts of all involved parties.

Special thanks are also extended to Contraband Bayou Golf Club for their exceptional support, hospitality, and dedication in preparing the course to championship standards. The Tom Fazio-designed Contraband Bayou Golf Course received high praise from competitors, parents, and spectators alike.

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