Mandeville, LA: The Gulf States PGA Junior Championship took place at Beau Chene Country Club on Wednesday, June 8th-Thursday, June 9th. Ninety-nine players competed in the event.
Harper Anne Hinckley took the Girls 13-15 and Overall Girls Division with a score of 75-70—145! Liza Lapeyre claimed second place in the Overall Girls Division with a score of 75-73—148. Based on their first and second place finish, Harper Anne and Liza will be advancing to the 46th Girls Junior PGA Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, August 2nd – Friday, August 5th, 2022. Tied for third place for the Overall Girls Division were Gracie Bloom (83-67—150) and Sydney Moss (72-78—150). After a scorecard playoff, Gracie was determined the first alternate. Gracie & Sydney also tied for second in the Girls 16-18 Division. Liza Lapeyre came in first.
John Markow took the Boys 13-15 and Overall Boys Division with a score of 73-70—143! Caden Lester came in second with 72-72—144. Both John and Caden will be representing the Gulf States PGA at the 46th Boys Junior PGA Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, August 2nd – Friday, August 5th, 2022. Andrew Zielinski (74-71—145) came in third for the Overall Boys Division, followed by Preston Paulk (76-74—150).
In the Girls 13-15 Division, Vivian Volion took second place with a score of 79-77—156. Lucy Cook (81-79—160) and Mattie Purgahn (80-80—160) tied for third, which Mattie won after a scorecard playoff.
Grayson Davis took second in the Boys 13-15 Division with a score of 75-76—151, quickly followed by Ashton Cruse (75-77—152) in third place.
Caden Lester, Andrew Zielinski and Preston Paulk placed first, second, and third respectively in the Boys 16-18 Division.
Reed Winkler won the Boys 12 & Under Division with an eighteen-hole score of 31-33—64. Augustin Gros placed second with a score of 36-35—71. James Grimes III (35-39—74), Parker Greene (36-38—74), and Henry Coker (35-39—74) had a 3-way tie for third place. Parker won after a scorecard playoff.
Maci Williams won the Girls 12 & Under Division with an eighteen-hole score of 34-35—69, followed by Kaylee Gatlin with a score of 41-34—75. Kaitlyn Burnett (39-38—77) placed third.
Special thanks to all the junior golfers who participated in our Championship! The Gulf States Section would also like to thank the entire staff at Beau Chene Country Club, including PGA Director of Golf, Fred Schroeder, and Head Superintendent, Robert Maine.