Louisiana Golf Association Announces the Russell Gaudin Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship Trophy

July 8, 2024 | Maili Bartz

An announcement of the Russell Gaudin Trophy as the official trophy of the Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship.

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Lafayette, LA – The winner of the 67th Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship this week will have an extraordinary trophy to take home.  New this year, the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) has unveiled the Russell Gaudin Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship Trophy, and the winner of the state junior amateur will receive custody of this perpetual trophy for one calendar year following their victory. Named for, and honoring, Russell Gaudin of Baton Rouge, the trophy is a beautiful custom silver Colonial Cup made by the Oldani Brothers Company in Connecticut.

Russell Gaudin won the first and second Louisiana Junior Amateur Championships in 1958 and 1959. This trophy will forever honor his legacy and showcase his support of amateur golf in Louisiana. Russell was humbled by the honor when LGA Vice President Phillip Frazier, Executive Director Logan Ray, and LGA Director of Championship Operations Jacob Oaks presented the trophy to him at his home in Baton Rouge last month. Gaudin is a highly decorated amateur golfer and his passion for golf in Louisiana is unrivaled. To now have his name engraved on the state’s most prestigious junior amateur trophy that is named after him is a tremendous honor, and the LGA is excited for Russ to share in this moment.

In addition to the Russell Gaudin Junior Amateur Championship trophy, the Louisiana boys junior amateur champion will earn an exemption into the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to be conducted at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan July 22-27. They will also earn fully exempt status through to the AJGA and get an automatic invitation to play for Team Louisiana in the 2024 Junior River Cup matches. The champion will also receive $500.

About the LGA

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is a mission-driven organization dedicated to unifying the golf community across Louisiana. Since its inception in 1920, the LGA has expanded its scope to offer a variety of championships, including the Junior Amateur Championship and the Louisiana Junior Golf Tour. The LGA is committed to providing exceptional services in Championship Administration, USGA Handicap System oversight, and Rules of Golf authority, ensuring fair play and integrity throughout the state.

The LGA supports golfers of all levels through its Course Measuring and Rating services, comprehensive tournament management, and educational seminars on the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status. By partnering with entities like the Audubon Golf Trail and Gulf States PGA, the LGA fosters growth and inclusivity in the sport.

As the authoritative body for amateur golf in Louisiana, the LGA maintains the WHS Handicap Index, crucial for assessing individual performance, and continues to uphold the game’s traditions and values. For more information, visit or contact us at 337-265-3938.

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