July 25, 2023 – Shreveport, Louisiana
Round one results of the Louisiana Junior Golf Tour’s David Toms Junior Championship held at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
79 players competed in round one of the 2023 David Toms Junior Championship. Morning tee times began at 7:30 AM off the 1st tee. The final group finished right on time at 3:00 PM. The course played to a par 72 at 6,600 yards for the Overall Boys Division and approximately 5,634 yards for the Overall Girls and Boys 11-13 Division.
Xan Walker of Shreveport leads round one of the championship at even par (71).
Walker’s solid play included three birdies and three bogeys. Preston Paulk of Slidell and Shep Smith of Shreveport trail Walker by one shot with 18 holes left to play after a solid opening round 72. The David Toms Junior Championship is still anybody’s to take with another two players sitting only two shots back of Walker. Phanu Galloway of Mandeville and Eli Walker of Quitman sit at two-over par.
Abigail McWilliams of Benton leads the Girls’ Division after an opening round 78. McWilliams has a six-shot lead over Addison Montoya of Shreveport. McWilliams will tee off tomorrow with Montoya at 7:39 AM looking for her first LJGT victory of the year.
Parker Greene of Mandeville leads the 11-13 Boys’ Division after carding a four-over par 75. Greene had an impressive round with three birdies at the challenging East Ridge Country Club. George Pullin of Choudrant is trailing Greene by five strokes after 18 holes. Greene is currently in the lead for the Boys’ 11-13 LJGT Player of the Year standings; he has been a powerhouse all season and is hoping to secure another win this week to stay at the top.
The shot of the day goes to Silas Lovett of Calhoun who made a hole-in-one on the Par 3 ninth hole. The hole was played at 190 yards with a front left hole location. Lovett hit a 6-iron to capture his very first career hole-in-one.
East Ridge Country Club is known throughout Louisiana as having one of the most challenging golf courses. Our Par 71, 18-hole course is 6,831 yards long and is as daunting as it is beautiful. Superintendent Nick Cauley and his Greens staff keep this wonderful course in great condition.
Morning wave tee times for the final round will begin tomorrow, July 25th, at 7:30 AM off of the 1st tee.
This championship was conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association.
About the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA):
The LGA, founded in 1920, is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving the game of golf and its membership of approximately 90 Member Clubs and 15,500 individual members. Over the course of the last quarter-century, the LGA has grown from an organization that simply existed to conduct its statewide amateur championships to a full-service golf association that strives to accomplish its stated mission.
“To foster the enhancement and expansion of amateur golf through the development of member and information services, the promotion of opportunities for all who want to play, and the protection of the game’s integrity and valued traditions.”
The LGA is an Allied Golf Association (AGA) of the United States Golf Association. While the LGA provides a myriad peripheral benefits and services to its member clubs and individual members, its core services include Course Measuring and Rating, Championship Administration, Rules of Amateur Status, and Rules of Golf.
For more information about the Louisiana Golf Association, visit www.lgagolf.org