LOUISIANA WELL REPRESENTED AT 118TH U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2018) - The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship, Monday (Aug. 13) and Tuesday (Aug. 14), at 7,075-yard, par-71 Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and at 6,995-yard, par-72 Spyglass Hill Golf Course, in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The U.S. Amateur consists of 36 holes of stroke play on Aug. 13 and 14, after which the 312-player field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers. There will be six rounds of match play, starting Aug. 15. The quarterfinals and semifinals are slated for Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, respectively. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday, Aug. 19, starting at 7:30 a.m. PDT.

The following pairing groups with Louisiana connections will be ones to watch next week at Pebble Beach (All Times PDT):

7:51 a.m., Pebble Beach, Hole No.1 / 1:06 p.m., Spyglass Hill, Hole No.10: Matt Parziale, Will Grimmer, Luis Gagne

Gagne (Costa Rica), a rising senior at LSU, shared low-amateur medalist honors in June at the U.S. Open with his fellow group member, Matt Parziale after they tied for 48th place (along with, among others, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson).  Gagne is competing in his third consecutive U.S. Amateur and reached the quarterfinals in 2016. 

7:30 a.m., Pebble Beach, Hole No. 10 / 12:45 p.m., Spyglass Hill, Hole No. 1: Clay Feagler, Jack Tolson, Akshay Bhatia

Jack Tolson (Opolousas), a rising junior at the Univestity of Louisiana-Lafayette earned his way into the U.S. Amateur field by firing a two round total of four-under par 138 at East Ridge CC (Shreveport) to share medalist honors with Carter Toms (Shreveport).  Tolson is a Louisiana Golf Association member through Oakbourne Country Club (Lafayette).  

1:27 p.m., Pebble Beach, Hole No. 1 / 8:12 a.m., Spyglass Hill, Hole No. 10: Carter Toms, Thomas Lehman, Hayden Wood

Combine the résumés of this trio’s fathers, and you get two USGA championship titles, two major championship victories and 19 PGA Tour wins, but these three are out to make names for themselves on the Monterey Peninsula. Toms, a rising junior at Louisiana State, is the son of David Toms, the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion and the 2001 PGA champion, and will make his USGA championship debut at Pebble Beach. Lehman, who will be a senior at Cal-Poly, celebrated his first birthday a few days after his father, Tom Lehman, won the 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Wood, the son of 1977 LGA and U.S. Junior Amateur champion Willie Wood, was the stroke-play medalist in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club. He will be a senior at Oklahoma State University, his dad’s alma mater, this fall.

12:55 p.m., Pebble Beach, Hole No. 10 / 7:40 a.m., Spyglass Hill, Hole No. 1: Avery Schneider, Trey Winstead, Preston Ball

Trey Winstead (Baton Rouge) is another of the current LSU golfers who will be participating in this year's U.S. Amateur. Winstrad, a rising sophomore, qualified for this year's championship by earning medalist honors at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, MO, firing a two round total of 127 (15-under par). Winstead is an LGA Member through The University Club (Baton Rouge). 

2:19 p.m., Pebble Beach, Hole No. 10 / 9:04 a.m., Spyglass Hill Hole No. 1: Jacob Bergeron, Garrett Rank, Timothy Wiseman

Jacob Bergeron (Slidell) competed in this year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and was one of three current LSU players to qualify for the championship. Bergeron, who will be a sophomore at LSU, was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team after tying for 10th in the SEC Championship.  He is playing in his second consecutive U.S. Amateur. Bergeron, an LGA Member through Money Hill G&CC (Abita Springs), finished runner-up in the 2018 LGA Four-Ball Championship last month with his friend and fellow Slidell native, Zachary Barrios. Garrett Rank of Canada is a friend of highly decorated LGA Amateur competitor Patrick Christovich of New Orleanas. Rank and Christovich made it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Jupiter Hills Club.  

9:25 a.m., Spyglass Hill, Hole No. 1/ 2:40 p.m., Pebble Beach Hole No. 10: Garrett Barber, Ben Reichert, Joe Du Chateau

Garrett Barber (Stuart, Fla.) won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball title with partner Cole Hammer, defeating Chip Brooke and Marc Dull, 4 and 3, in the final at Jupiter Hills Club (Hills Course), in Tequesta, Fla. Barber advanced to the Round of 32 in last month’s U.S. Junior Amateur. He won this year’s Jones Cup Invitational (in a playoff over 2018 U.S. Open qualifier Theo Humphrey) and the 2017 Rolex Tournament of Champions. He claimed the 2017 Florida Class 1A high school state championship by six strokes with a 36-hole score of 10-under 134. Barber, who will attend Louisiana State University (LSU) in the fall, is the first player to have won both the Jones Cup Junior (2016) and the Jones Cup. 

12:55 p.m., Spyglass Hill Hole No. 10 / 7:40 a.m. Pebble Beach Hole No. 1 – Philip Barbaree, Kristoffer Reitan, Franklin Huang

Philip Barabaree (Shreveport)  qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and was one of three current Louisiana State University (LSU) players in the field. He is competing in his fourth U.S. Amateur. Barbaree won the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur by defeating Andrew Orischak in 37 holes. He posted a championship record for largest comeback, coming from 5 down with eight holes to play. Barbaree won the 2014 LGA Junior Amateur and two LHSAA Division I individual state high school championships and helped C.E. Byrd High garner the 2016 team title. Barbaree is an LGA Member through Southern Trace Country Club (Shreveport).

1:06 p.m. Spyglass Hill Hole No. 10  / 7:51 a.m. – Beau Briggs, Jeff Wood, Garett Reband

Beau Briggs (Covington), a rising junior at Ole Miss qualified for this year's championship at Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, MS firing a two round total of 136 (six-under par). Briggs is an LGA Member through Tchefuncta Country Club (Covington). 

We wish these Louisiana golfers the best of luck next week on the Monterey Peninsula.  Hopefully one of them will hoist the Havemeyer Trophy on Sunday, August 19th.