Youth Golf


(L-R)  Kale Fontenot, Lafayette, LA; Canon Clark, Broussard, LA;  Jude Ardoin, Lafayette, LA;  Jay Mendell, Lafayette, LA.


(L-R) Colton Ryan, Benton, LA; Michael Travasos, Lafayette, LA; and Evan Smith, Breaux Bridge, LA.

(L-R)  Luke Baudoin, Rayne, LA; Christopher Cain, Lafayette, LA; Ashton Cruse, Columbia, LA.

Girls 9-11:   Sophia Macias, Denham Springs, LA. 


(L-R)  Claire Landry, Napoleonville, LA;  Shrayon Thibodeaux, Broussard, LA.


July 4, 2017

Ryan sets tournament record at Governor’s Games

Ian Auzenne

--Colton Ryan’s performance at the 2017 Mizuno Louisiana USSSA Governor’s Games this Fourth of July Weekend was filled with fireworks.

 Ryan, the reining and defending USSSA national champion, outclassed his opponents at Le Triomphe.  Ryan, of Benton, shot -5 in the final round en route to winning the state championship in the Boys 15-18 division with a score of -6 (138).  That score is a Governor’s Games record, beating the previous low score, set by Ryan Desormeaux in 2013, by five strokes.

 What’s more amazing:  This was Ryan’s first time playing at Le Triomphe.

 The record-setting victory pushes Ryan, who will soon begin his studies and collegiate golf career at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, to the top of the USSSA points standings with less than a month to go until the National Championship Tournament.

Senior division runner-up Michael Travasos also had a banner weekend on the course.  Travasos, of Lafayette, also beat the previous tournament record, shooting 141 (-3) to take second-place honors.

Brayden Wright, of Sulphur, and Evan Smith, of Breaux Bridge, tied for third place by shooting 151.

Boys 12-14 state champion Canon Clark was one hole away from finishing the tournament under par.  However, Clark, from Lafayette, double-bogeyed the 18th hole after hitting his ball into the water, settling for an even-par 144 to win the tournament title.

Kale Fontenot, who ended the first round tied with Clark at -1, struggled on the second day of the tournament.  Fontenot, of Lafayette, finished eight strokes behind Clark, at 152, to take runner-up honors.

Jude Aucoin and Jay Mendell, of Lafayette, finished tied in third place by shooting 155.

Claire Landry, of Napoleonville, took top honors in the Girls 15-18 Division by shooting 158, holding off runner-up Shrayon Thibodeaux, of Broussard, by four strokes.

Sophie Macias, of Denham Springs, shot 104 to win the championship in the Girls 9-11 group.

Louisiana USSSA extends its gratitude to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and its chairman, Rudy Macklin, for its help in putting on this year’s tournament.

Two events remain before August’s National Championship Tournament in August.  The first, the Mizuno USSSA Battle at the Lake, starts this Saturday at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles.  The deadline to register is Thursday.  The Mizuno USSSA Cajun Classic regional tournament begins July 18 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.  The deadline to enter the Cajun Classic is July 15.  To enter either tournament or for more information, visit