November 15, 2022
The Louisiana Junior Golf Tour (LJGT) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southern Texas PGA’s Srixon Prestige Tour. This opportunity will provide LJGT members two playing opportunities in Lake Charles in 2023. The fields of these tournaments will be comprised of players from both tours. The first event will be conducted at Contraband Bayou Golf Club on March 25-26 and the second event will be conducted at Mallard Golf Club on November 11-12.
The LJGT was established in 2019 by the Gulf States PGA Section (GSPGA) and the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) to promote junior golf in Louisiana. The mission of the LJGT is to create more playing opportunities for ALL junior golfers in Louisiana and to do so at affordable rates. The LJGT provides a first-class experience and fosters the valued traditions of the game through character development, self-reliance, and sportsmanship.
These new junior golf events in Lake Charles will be open to boys and girls ages 13-18 and will feature four divisions. Registration for the March event will open on January 17, 2023, and the November date will open in late summer/early fall. The STPGA will be working with hotels in the area to get a great price for players from out of town and will communicate that when available. LJGT members will sign up for both events through the Srixon Prestige Tour. Important note: Active LJGT members are eligible to compete in these events by virtue of their LJGT membership. Although registration and entry fees will flow through the STPGA and Srixon Prestige Tour, LJGT members do not have to join the Srixon Prestige Tour to play in the Lake Charles Spring and Fall Classics.
“We believe this is great opportunity for LJGT members to showcase their abilities against the best junior golfers in Southern Texas. Junior golf in Louisiana continues to grow and we are excited to provide more competitive opportunities in Lake Charles. The STPGA has done an outstanding job with the Srixon Prestige Tour, and we are excited about enhancing both tours through these events,” said Jacob Oaks, Director of Championship Operations for the Louisiana Golf Association.
“Junior golf and growing the game is so important to our mission,” said Robert Brown, CEO of the Gulf States PGA. “This co-branded event will be an awesome opportunity for juniors within both of our sections to compete against each other and showcase the great golf in the Lake Charles area of our section.”
“The STPGA is thrilled to try this new initiative in Louisiana and want to thank the Gulf States PGA and the Louisiana Junior Golf Tour for this opportunity,” said Thomas Hutton, Executive Director for the STPGA. “This opportunity provides a new location for our junior golfers to play but more importantly opens the door for our juniors to play against other juniors in another section.”