BROUSSARD, La. (KLFY) – The 2019 Chitimacha Louisiana Open took place this week at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club.
Matt Gilchrest was one of the golfers competing in the tournament.
“For it to be the start out here that get’s the ball rolling, where I have all this history is incredible is an understatement,“ he said.
Gilchrest moved to Louisiana while in elementary school.
He had taken up golf and was happy to hear that one of the local courses held a tournmanet.
“I learned they had a tournament here, so I asked if there was an age limit to volunteer, and they’re like no, there’s not an age limit.“
He volunteered for years.
His final tournament that he would be the live scorer for was back in 2007.
However, it didn’t go as planned.
“They ended up moving the tee times earlier on SUnday because of bad weather and I was a kid so I didn’t have a phone so I missed my tee time.“
Thankfully, fate stepped in.
Gilchrest showed up to the course that day at the time he was orginially scheduled.
One of the other scorers also missed their tee time so, Gilchrest took their place.
It was the final group of the day and it included Skip Kendall who ended up winning the tournament that year.
“He stuck around after getting the trophy, the winning speech, to take a pic with me and sign a ball, chat up about playing pro golf and kind of that day I was like you know what this pro golf thing sounds pretty cool.“
There it was, a dream was born.
Now, he’s competing on his home course, where it all began, and he can’t help but feel life making it’s full circle.
“It really is a once in a lifetime experience,“ he said, I mean what an incredible way to just get my career started off the ground.“