Annual Matt Flynn and Friends Invitational Golf Tournament boasts good times for a great cause

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - Flynn and friends—and Heritage Ranch supporters from all over—took to the course at the Bluffs in St. Francisville for 18 holes and an array of local food, craft beer, top shelf cocktails, and some exciting challenges. 

“Heritage Ranch is a place my family and I support 100%, so partnering with them for the annual golf tournament was an easy decision,” said LSU two time National Champion and former NFL quarterback Matt Flynn. “The Ranch provides a top notch program in an ideal environment that goes a long way toward strengthening children, their families, and our community. Their work is crucial for boys struggling with seemingly insurmountable challenges at such a critical time in their lives, as they are becoming young men. After I toured the Ranch and saw the mission in action, I fell in love with the place.”

Gaines Garrett and KC Kayaks of Baton Rouge awarded a kayak to one skilled golfer and contest winner who landed a hole in one.

“We’re excited about how much money was raised by the kayak challenge—and by the fact Bobby Roth made the hole in one and took home the prize,” said Gaines Garrett. “We were happy to contribute to such a great cause as Heritage Ranch, and at such a great event with so many people enjoying themselves, supporting the Ranch.”

“The kayak will be a great addition at my camp and should provide plenty of fun for my two sons,” said Bobby Roth, of Imperial Construction in New Orleans. “The highlight of my day may have been making the hole in one on the par 3 at the KC Kayaks challenge and bringing home the K12 Kayak—but the entire experience of the tournament was outstanding. The amenities, the course, the food and beverages from all of the sponsors were second to none. And all of this was to support a great cause, Heritage Ranch, supporting adolescent boys dealing with a tough time in their lives—something we all could relate to.”

Russell Umbricht with Burgersmith was on course alongside Southern Craft Brewing Co., serving sliders to accompany the neighboring craft beer selection. “It was great to be part of this event. I love the Heritage Ranch mission—all centered around family—and love the people I meet at the annual golf tournament at The Bluffs,” said Umbricht. “This year’s event gave me a chance to talk to Ranch staff and supporters, to get a flood update and find out what is needed right now to bring the boys back home to the Ranch, to find out what the Ranch is able to accomplish with the money raised.”

Dr. Tim Lindsey, of St. Francisville’s Daniel Clinic, said, “It’s my pleasure to serve on the Board for Heritage Ranch, and I am thankful to have been a part of the Matt Flynn Invitational at the Bluffs. We had beautiful weather, great golf, incredible food. . .a chance to fellowship with other supporters of the Ranch while each doing our part to raise funds that support the mission.”

“Post Flood, our first goal is to bring our boys back to the full time residential program that truly gives them the tools for long term success, for reunification with their families,” said Heritage Ranch Executive Director Vicki Ellis. “The Matt Flynn Invitational, and everyone who lends support toward continued stability of our program, is invaluable to our mission. We are so grateful for every sponsor, player, food and beverage vendor, and volunteer. And we’re already looking forward to growing the event and doing it bigger and better next year.”

The annual Heritage Gala is the next big event, happening August 18 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge and offering an evening of champagne and cocktails, dinner and dancing, an auction, and so much more—all supporting the boys and families of Heritage Ranch. Corporate sponsorships, group tables, individual tickets, and raffle tickets for an exquisite ring and pendant set from CUT Fine Jewelers are available now. Go to for tickets. 

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