AJGA Shreveport Open set for next week

DRIVING DUO: James Holtsclaw (left) and Peyton Johnson are preparing for next week’s AJGA Shreveport Junior Tournament at Querbes Park Golf Course. 

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

If you get out to Querbes Park Golf Course this week, chances are you’ll see some of the area’s top juniors getting ready for next week’s American Junior Golf Association Shreveport Junior Open Tournament.

“Yeah, we’re prepping for the tournament,” Byrd’s James Holtsclaw said before going off the first tee on Wednesday afternoon. “The field is going to be really strong. It’ll be good competition.”

Yes, the competition will be very strong as the AJGA is one of the most prestigious junior tours in the world of golf. The AJGA nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, and Stacy Lewis.

The week will begin with Monday’s Junior/Am Tournament where member of the public will have the chance to compete for prizes alongside some of the top players competing that week.

The first round will begin Wednesday, June 1 with the final round concluding on Friday, June 3.

The field includes 45 of the country’s best junior boys and 24 of the top girls’ competitors. Area boys competing in the AJGA Shreveport Junior Open include Holtsclaw, Peyton Johnson, Charlie Bell, Hudson Green, Noah McWilliams, Grant Reagan, and Madden Sawrie while Sydney Moss will compete for the girls’ title.

Holtsclaw, Johnson, and Reagan were all part of the Byrd team that won the Division I state boys’ team title earlier this month while Moss, the 2021 girls’ champion, finished in second place in the individual competition. Next year, Moss will be playing for the University of Memphis while Johnson will compete at Louisiana Tech.

“There should be some good, low scores next week,” said Johnson.

“Hopefully, we’ll have the home-course advantage,” added Holtsclaw with a smile.

Weaver’s Lady Aggies fall at nationals

The greatest season in the history of the Texas A&M women’s team came to an end when the Lady Aggies fell in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament in Champaign, Ill., last Friday night.

The No. 7 ranked Aggies, coached by Shreveport native Mark Weaver, fell to the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners 4-3. Oklahoma finished second in the team competition behind defending champion Texas.

“It is definitely hard to take knowing that it’s over,” said Weaver, “but it was an absolutely amazing year. I know we made a lot of Aggies out there proud. The good news is that we will be back. This was only the beginning of something special here in Aggieland.”

At the end of his seventh year as head coach and 23rd season overall in College Station, Weaver’s team finished 33-2 with a Southeastern Conference championship.

Summer fun at Querbes Park

Don’t forget to sign your kids up for the upcoming golf and tennis camps at Querbes Park. Sessions will be held June 13-16, June 27-30, July 11-14, and July 25-28 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Tennis will take place from 8:00-9:30 and golf from 10:00-11:30 for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. Cost is $165 per participant. For information, call Querbes Tennis Center at 318-673-7787.

Photo by HARRIET PENROD