Inaugural ‘Robe’ golf tournament to honor late Cajuns baseball coach set for Aug. 23

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Tony Robichaux

Proceeds from August 23 event at Les Vieux Chenes to benefit family of Tony Robichaux

YOUNGSVILLE — UL athletic supporters, baseball fans and all who admired and respected Ragin’ Cajun coach Tony Robichaux will have an opportunity to honor the late coach and provide financial assistance for his family at the inaugural “Robe” Golf Tournament.

The four-person scramble is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, at Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course in Youngsville, with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  for the first 36 entered and paid teams. Any other teams entering after that 36-team field is full will play in a morning flight with a 7 a.m. registration and an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Even with the high expectations of the organizers of the inaugural “The Robe” golf tournament, the response has been overwhelming.

Only two days after Thursday’s announcement of the tournament, a total of 45 paid teams had been received as of Saturday afternoon for the Friday, Aug. 23 event at Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course in Youngsville.

That leaves only 27 available teams before the tournament has a maximum field. No teams can be accepted once the tournament reaches its 72-team limit, and the only available slots remaining are in the 8 a.m. morning shotgun flight. The 1 p.m. afternoon flight is already filled to its maximum 36 four-person scramble teams.

“The response has been unbelievable,” said Les Vieux Chenes head PGA professional and tournament committee member Todd Robertson. “It has absolutely taken off, and so many people have already either signed up for the tournament or have contacted us to help in other ways.”

“This just shows how much Coach Robe meant to so many people,” said tournament co-chairman and former UL baseball standout Mike Strentz. “We want everyone whose lives were touched by Robe to come out and play or help however they can to make this a special event.”

The tournament is open to all golfers until the morning flight is filled to capacity. That flight has a 7 a.m. registration and an 8 a.m. shotgun start, followed by the afternoon flight with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 .m.

Entry fee for the event is $125 per player or $500 per team and includes green fee, cart, tee gifts, range balls, food throughout the course and on-course contests on several holes. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the family of the late coach, who passed away July 3 after suffering a pair of heart attacks in late June.

Sponsorships are available via personalized tee signs at $100 each that will feature “Robeisms” imprinted on each along with the sponsor’s name.

A silent auction will also be held during the day at Les Vieux Chenes which will include UL items and memorabilia donated by former Cajun baseball, football and basketball players who played professionally.

Information and entry forms are available by contacting Mike Strentz at (337) 356-5869 or at; Travis Guidry at (337) 258-8801 or at; Ken Meyers at (337) 257-7777 or at, or Todd Robertson at (337) 371-9084 or at With the tournament filling so quickly, players are asked to either call in entries or e-mail one of the tournament committee.

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