February 5, 2013
No lead is ever safe on the USSSA Junior Golf tour. The President’s Cup event, which was held the weekend of February 2, is proof of this. For the second straight tournament, the leaders in multiple divisions had to fight off late comeback attempts to stay atop the leaderboard and bring home a championship from the Island Golf Course in Plaquemine.
“It was another great event,” said Robert Boudreaux, the director of the Louisiana USSSA Junior Golf Tour. “Last year, we rained out on Saturday and played all 36 holes on Sunday. This year, we had wonderful weather and didn’t have to worry about course conditions.”
Zachary Ginn repeated as President Cup champion following a stellar performance. Ginn, a Denham Springs resident, shot 75 in the second round–two strokes better than his first-round score–to win the title (152). Steven Benoit entered the second round in fifth place. The Marrero resident put together a spectacular second round, shooting 74 (9 pars on the final 9 holes) to finish with a total of 156, forcing a tie for second place with Skye Mejia of Lafayette. Mejia shot 78 in both rounds of the tournament. Jamison Thomassee, an Opelousas golfer who was tied with Mejia in second place at the start of the round, finished fourth with a total score of 160.
The Boys 12-14 Division saw yet another furious race to the finish. Cameron J. Little and Joel Boyett both shot 75 on the second day of competition after entering the round several shots behind leader Zac Ciesla. Their comeback was not enough to overtake the lead, as Ciesla took the championship back to Lake Charles after posting a total of 158 (77-81). Little, of Baton Rouge, finished one stroke behind Ciesla. Boyett, of Calhoun, took third place with a score of 161, one stroke better than fourth-place finisher Charlie Flynn of Alexandria.
Matthew Weber of Scott won his second straight tour title by shooting a 93 in the 18-hole Boys 9-11 event. Runner-up Ryan Lam of Baton Rouge finished three strokes behind the lead. Damon Gibson of New Orleans finished third with a total of 103. The only girl to compete in the tournament, Cassidy Lambert of Gretna, finished fourth in the age group with a score of 110.
The USSSA Junior Golf Tour’s next event, the Red River Clash, takes place the weekend of April 6 in Shreveport. The deadline to register is April 3. For more information, visit www.usssa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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