Kale Fontenot wins 64th Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship
by Caroline Buchan
It was a memorable playing of the 64th Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship at Ellendale Country Club. There were weather delays each day, but the entire field was able to complete 36 holes through Thursday evening, setting up for the final round on Friday.
Play began at 7 a.m. but another severe storm blew through the Houma area just after 9 and dumped more rain on a golf course that has seen over 30 inches of rain in the previous month alone, along with rain almost every day thus far in July leading up to this Championship.
Play was suspended at 9:14 and would not resume due to unplayable conditions. As a result, the Committee shortened the Championship to 36 holes, and Kale Fontenot of Lafayette was declared Champion. Fontenot shot a 67 in the first round and carded a 68 in the second round to finish the Championship at nine-under par 135.
Boyd Owens of Baton Rouge finished runner-up at eight-under par 136, while Holden Webb of Shreveport and Jay Mendell of Lafayette tied for third place at five-under par 139. This is Fontenot’s first LGA Junior Amateur Championship, and in addition to the Championship crystal trophy, he received the “Past Champions’ Award” in the form of a $400 gift certificate that may be utilized in the Golf Shop at Ellendale Country Club.
Fontenot will have his name engraved on a beautiful plaque that honors each of the past LGA Junior Amateur Champions dating back to 1958, and it will be displayed at his home club, Oakbourne Country Club, until the 2022 Championship.
“It feels good to be competing against the best kids in the state,” said Fontenot.
Fontenot also received a new Titleist golf bag embroidered with the LGA logo and “2021 LGA Junior Amateur Champion” signifying his victory. He also earned full exempt status with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
The top-5 finishers are exempt into the 103rd Louisiana Amateur Championship to be conducted at TPC Louisiana, June 9-12, 2022. Other AJGA Performance Based Entry Stars were awarded to the boys as follows: Top 5 (12 Performance Stars), Top 10 (8 Stars), Top 15 (4 Stars). Rounding out the Top 10 to finish at even par or better are:
T5) Patrick Blaum, Covington, 2021 (-3) 71-70-141
T5) Ethan Dial, Bossier City, 2023 (-3) 70-71-141
T7) Ben Blanco, Broussard, 2025 (-2) 73-69-142
T7) Preston Giroir, Slidell, 2023 (-2) 70-72-142
9) Ross Anderson, Lake Charles, 2023 (-1) 70-73-143
T10) Walter Anderson, Baton Rouge, 2023 (E) 72-72-144
T10) Eli Hill, Bossier City, 2022 (E) 73-71-144
T10) Canon Clark, Lafayette, 2022 (E) 72 -72-144
T10) Joshua Achord, Abita Springs, 2023 (E) 72-72-144
T10) Riley Hnatyshyn, Abita Springs, 2022 (E) 71-73-144
Ellendale Country Club played to a par 72 at approximately 6,735 yards for the Championship.
For complete results, click here: 64th Louisiana Junior Amateur Championship Event :: Results (golfgenius.com)
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