Written by Michael Baliker, AJGA Communications Intern
Conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, the Junior All-Star at Gray Plantation is a 54-hole
stroke play competition played on the par-72 Gray Course at Gray Plantation Golf Club. The event
features 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states, China and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,608 yards while the Girls
Division is playing the course at 5,910 yards.
Gray Plantation Golf Club in Lake Charles, La., opens its
doors to the AJGA for the first time in 2013. The Gray was ranked by Golf
Digest as No. 3 in the Top 100 Best New Courses in 2000.
Down in the Deep South
Wondering where exactly we are this week? Lake Charles, La.,
is located in southwest Louisiana and is only 20 miles east of the Texas border
and two hours west of Baton Rouge. Hurricane Rita struck Lake Charles in 2005
and gave The Gray easier driving holes thanks to a few less trees.
AJGA interns are staying with families who reside in and
around Gray Plantation this week. The community has embraced the AJGA and has
not been shy in sharing their Louisiana-style cuisine with the staff.
“America’s Wetland” for a reason
Water hazards will be a continuous obstacle for players this
week. The Gray boasts 60 acres of lakes, which guard many of the greens on the
par-72 course. Players will be faced with the decision to lay-up or go for the green multiple times throughout their round.
Home sweet home
Of the nine Louisiana residents in the field this week, Eric
Brown and Jacobo Santacoloma are the only two who call Lake Charles home.