West Point, Mississippi – September 13, 2020
Louisiana won its fifth consecutive Junior River Cup on Sunday at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. The Junior River Cup is a Ryder Cup style event between the top junior golfers in Mississippi and Louisiana. It is conducted in Mississippi in even years and Louisiana in odd years. It was an incredible weekend and it all came down to one point in the singles matches on Sunday for Louisiana to secure the victory. The all time series in the Junior River Cup, which started in 2011 is now tied 5-5 after Mississippi won the first 5 Junior River Cup Matches.
Play began Saturday morning with Four-Ball matches and Mississippi winning 6 out of the 10 matches to lead by 2 points heading into afternoon Foursome matches. Louisiana won 6 matches and halved 2 others to take 7 of the 10 points available Saturday afternoon. Louisiana led 11-9 after the first two sessions on Saturday. Singles matches always produce exciting golf and both teams were evenly matched. Louisiana won 9 matches and halved 2 others to reach 21 points to win the Cup. Four players went 3-0-0 in their matches at Old Waverly, Eli Otego, Riley Hnatyshyn, Bryce Sutterfield and Ben Blanco.
The sun was shining all weekend long with temperatures reaching the low 90’s. Old Waverly has hosted many prestigious Championships and was in spectacular condition for this event.
The teams consist of 20 players broken down with four players in different age groups. Boys 10-11 years old, boys 12-13 years old, boys 14-15 years old, boys 16-18 years old and girls 13-18 years old. Team Louisiana was selected by using the player of the year points standings for the newly establish Louisiana Junior Golf Tour, a collaboration of the Gulf States PGA Section and the Louisiana Golf Association.
Team Louisiana Members are listed below:
Sarah Knight (Sterlington) Sydney Moss (Shreveport)
Isabella Callaba (Lake Charles) Sarah Meral (Abita Springs)
Hudson Green (Bossier City) Harry Shaheen (Singer)
Noah Chauvin (Broussard) Slayte Guidry (Frierson)
Noah McWilliams (Benton) Eli Hill (Bossier City)
Ethan Dial (Shreveport) Brown Snyder (Shreveport)
Logan Heltz (Abita Springs) James Holtsclaw (Shreveport)
Ben Blanco (Broussard) Jack Gilmer (Shreveport)
Bryce Sutterfield (Opelousas) Riley Hnatyshyn (Abita Springs)
Eli Ortego (Broussard) Logan Batiste (Slidell)
Click here to view final results.