Ascension athlete Leary finishes in seventh at golf tournament

Kyle Riviere

Gonzales native and Dutchtown junior Logan Leary made the trip to St. Francisville last week to compete alongside the best junior golfers in the world for the St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at the Bluffs.

Leary put in a great three-day performance to finish the tournament in seventh. There were 57 total members of the American Junior Golf Association that took to the course to compete for a championship.

The AJGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and development of young men and women that aspire to earn college golf scholarships through junior golf. The organization allows the players to garner national exposure and the attention of college scouts.

It grants membership to boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The AJGA currently has more than 6,300 members--which represent 48 different states and 50 foreign countries.

Some of the greatest golfers in the world today are former AJGA alums, such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

The organization's members converged on St. Francisville last week. After three days of tight competition, Aiken, S.C., native and Florida State commit Jake Carter won the boy's division.

Carter's victory was by two strokes. Houston, Texas, native Henry Suman finished in second.

For the girls, Pajaree Anannarukarn took home the win. Anannarukarn is from Bangkok, Thailand.

As for Gonzales' own Leary, he started the tournament off with a bang. After day one, he was in a three-way tie for third. He parred the first 18 holes with a 72.

On day two, Leary dropped into a four-way tie for fifth after he finished at 4-over with a total of 76.

Finally, he landed in the No. 7 slot overall when he again went 4-over with a 76 on day three. It gave him a three-day score of 224--which was 8-over-par.

The champion Carter finished at 1-under-par 215.

Besides Leary, there were four other Louisiana junior golfers to finish in the top 10.

Price Butcher of New Orleans finished second while Hayden White of Benton finished in a three-way tie for third. Drew Gonzales of Lafayette and Charlie Flynn of Alexandria both finished in a four-way tie for sixth.