Hasbrouck wins Gulf State title

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 10, 1999

ERIK SANZENBACH / L’Observateur / July 10, 1999

LAPLACE – Two young local golfers came home victorious this week from the 1999 Gulf States PGA Junior Maxfli Championship played at the Castlewood Country Club in Jackson, Miss.

Thirteen year-old Leisl Hasbrouck of LaPlace won the Girl’s Overall Championship with a pair of 78’s to win her division by two strokes.

Fifteen year-old Brett Bergeron, also of LaPlace, won by six strokes in Boys 14-15 division with two rounds of 76 and 74.

The win for Hasbrouck entitles her to go on to play in the national Maxfli PGA Junior Championship Aug. 18-21 at the PGA National Golf Club in PalmBeach Gardens, Fla.

Before that, she is competing in the Junior Rice Planters Tournament in Charleston, S.C. Her father, Bob Hasbrouck, PGA golf pro at the Belle TerreCountry Club, said she has an excellent chance at winning in Charleston.

Bergeron will also be busy for the next couple of months. In two weeks hewill be playing a Gulf States Junior PGA Tournament in Shreveport. A weeklater he is playing another tournament in Alexandria, and finally, he will compete in the American Junior Golf Association Tournament.

Hasbrouck was playing against girls three to four years her senior. Askedif she was intimidated by the age difference, she replied, “I wasn’t intimidated. I was nervous on the first tee, but then I loosened up andeverything went OK.”Both Hasbrouck and Bergeron have been playing golf since they were 5 years old. Both play on the Riverside Academy golf team, which won thirdplace in state championships last year. Hasbrouck is the only girl to playon the boys’ golf team.

Both golfers want to go to college on golf scholarships then turn pro after college. They only difference is in the colleges they each want to attend. Bergeron would like to go to either LSU or Florida State University.

Hasbrouck has set her sights on Arizona State University because, she said, it has “the best woman’s golf program in the country.”

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