Zach Tracy, Bailey Tardy claim AJGA tourney titles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bailey Tardy watches her putt roll toward the cup on the 16th green during the American Junior Golf Association Arrowhead tournament at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bailey Tardy watches her putt roll toward the cup on the 16th green during the American Junior Golf Association Arrowhead tournament at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville.

ST. FRANCISVILLE — A first-time winner on the American Junior Golf Association Arrowhead Tour won the boys title, and a three-time champion topped the girls leader board Thursday at the Arrowhead Junior at the Bluffs tournament.

Zach Tracy of Houston carded a 7-under-par 212 in boys play, and Bailey Tardy of Norcross, Ga., finished at 3-under 216 to win the girls division in the three-day, 54-hole event.

Sixty boys and 24 girls competed at the par-73 Bluffs Country Club and Resort Course. The boys course played at 7,134 yards; the girls course measured 6,208.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Tardy, a rising high school junior who has committed to the University of Georgia. “I came into the tournament wanting to walk down the fairway at 18 on the last day and be able to say it was fun, and I definitely could. I wanted to go low the first round and set a pace for the field, and I did that, too.”

Tardy’s round scores were 70-74-72. She and Tracy, who also carded 72 in the final round, were the only golfers under par for Thursday’s round and for the tournament. Corbin Cormier of Beaumont, Texas, also had a 72 Thursday; he finished 13th.

Tracy’s 69 on Wednesday was the low round of the tournament.

“This win feels amazing,” Tracy said. “Once I teed off on (No.) 10 at even par, I knew I pretty much had it. On the first nine, I was hitting the ball pretty bad off the tee, but I got it back after I teed off on 8. It was probably a little bit of nerves. I’m hitting my irons really good right now, and this course was incredible. It’s the first time I’ve played it, but I love the layout.”

Louisiana golfers in the boys top 10 were Blake Caldwell of Ponchatoula (tied for second at 220), Stephen Wall of Madisonville (T-6th, 227) and Carter Toms of Shreveport (T-8th, 229).

Caldwell and Toms are the sons of ex-LSU golfers — Bill Caldwell, director of golf at Carter Plantation in Springfield, and PGA Tour veteran David Toms.

“This is by far the biggest national tournament I’ve played,” Blake Caldwell said, “and by far the toughest competition I’ve faced.

“The course played tough, and the guy that won it played incredible.”

Sydney Cavin of Baton Rouge (229) tied for third in the girls division, and Lana Hodge of Monroe was fifth at 230.