State junior golf tour visits Querbes Park this weekend

OFF THE TEE: Local and area high school teams participated in the North Louisiana High School 9-hole tournament Tuesday at Querbes Park.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Looking at the upcoming weather forecast, it looks like the next few days will be prime for area junior golfers. If you’re interested in seeing some of the top local players, head out to Querbes Park Golf Course this weekend.

The Louisiana Junior Golf Tour’s tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday. The boys’ 11-13 division tees off at 8 a.m., followed by Overall girls (13-18) at 8:27, and Overall boys’ (13-18) at 8:54.

Top players from all over the state will be in competition, including Shreveport’s Grant Reagan and Xan Walker.

Get your kids in the game

In an effort to make golf more appealing, inclusive, and affordable, the non-profit organization Youth on Course has partnered with the Louisiana Golf Association to deliver opportunities to young people. The purpose is to help kids grow and succeed both on and off the golf course.

Participating courses across the state offer rates of $5 or less at designated times for YOC members. Member benefits include World Handicap System Authorized Handicap Index, LGA member benefits, GHIN mobile app, and access to golf at great rates.

YOC member Querbes Park offers availability anytime during the weekday and after 12 p.m. on weekends with fees of $3 for 9 holes and $5 for 18 holes.

Byrd on top

The Byrd High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams took top honors at Tuesday’s North Louisiana High School 9-hole tournament at Crooked Hollow Golf Course. The girls’ team finished first at 23-over while the boys outdistanced their division opponents with an 8-over score..

Sydney Moss (+3) led the Lady Jackets to the top spot while Peyton Johnson (even) and Grant Reagan (+1) gave Byrd the top two spots in the boys’ division.

Byrd’s girls were followed in the team competition by Minden (+39), Many (+54), and Airline (+58). Airline (+34), Northwood (+45), and Magnet High (+55) rounded out the boys’ class.

The next event for high schoolers will be held on Monday at Northwood Hills Golf Club. Check-in is at 3:00 with a shotgun start at 3:30.

NWLA tennis events springing up

The Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association (NWLA CTA) has a number of leagues getting ready to kick off in the area.

Registration opens on Friday for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Local Flex Singles League. Men’s and women’s singles flights include 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5. Cost is $25 for USTA members. The season begins May 9.

If you haven’t signed your team up for the fun Tri-Level League yet, you still have a little time. Registration closes on April 8. The season begins April 25 and ends on June 4. The state tournament will be held Aug. 18-22 in Baton Rouge with sectionals in Louisville, KY., Oct. 15-17. Team matches consist of three individual doubles matches with one match at three different levels. Teams must have a minimum of two players at each level registered on the squad. Divisions include 18&Over, 40&Over, and 55&Over. Participants may play at their NTRP level or one level higher.

The NWLA CTA Mixed 2022 League opens registration on April 16 with local play beginning May 27 and running through Aug. 19. Combo-rated divisions include ages 18+, 40+, and 55+. Teams include three men and three women with appropriate combo ratings. For information, contact tammieharris@gmail.com.hed

Photo by JOHN PENROD