DEREK BUSBY WINS 98TH LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Baton Rouge, Louisiana — June 11, 2017

Derek Busby of Ruston fired a final round 66 to win the 2017 LGA Amateur Championship at The Country Club of Louisiana by four strokes over Trey Winstead of Baton Rouge.  Busby saved his best for last and finished his stellar week in style. His final round 66 was tied for the low round of the tournament and included one eagle, six birdies, eight pars, and three bogeys.  Busby’s 72 hole total of twelve-under par 272 was comprised of rounds of 69-70-67-66.  Busby is a former collegiate golfer at Louisiana Tech and is a member at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.  This is the first time he’s been able to claim the state’s most prestigious Amateur golf championship, but the way that Busby is playing makes one think there will be a few more in his future.

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Busby started his final round at seven-under par for the Championship and teed off at 9:00 AM. He was paired with Winstead who was one shot back and third place finisher Jacob Bergeron of Slidell who started the day three strokes off the lead.  Busby played a solid and consistent front nine.  He settled into a groove from the start, making par on the first two holes.  Busby then stepped onto the tee box at the par 3 3rd hole (220 yards) and hit an incredible tee shot to 5 feet and drained the putt for birdie.  According to Busby, his putting was the difference this week.  Having enough faith to change his putting mechanics after faltering in the LGA Mid-Amateur championship was the key for Busby.  “I knew it wasn’t just mental. I knew I had to get better,” Busby said. “It's been rough, but the last two days I just putted fantastic.”  He made a par at the par 4 4th hole, then he added his second birdie of the day at the par 5 5th hole.  Busby made a par on the next four holes and made the turn at two-under par 33.

The back nine was where Busby turned up the heat on his fellow competitors.  He made a three on the first three holes to start his back nine. The 10th hole is a par 4 (398 yards), the 11th hole is a par 5 (510 yards), and the 12th hole is a par 4 (450 yards). Busby’s birdie-eagle-birdie stretch gave him a 5 shot lead over Winstead, who was one-under for the round at the time, when they stepped on the 13th tee.  Busby’s final six holes were somewhat of a roller coaster, but his lead was enough that he could safely get away with it.  Busby made three bogeys (#13, 15, & 17), one par (#14), and two birdies (#16 & #18).

Sunday notes: Play was suspended for a dangerous situation (lightning) at 12:20 PM and resumed after one hour at 1:20 PM.  The 2nd hole again played as a par 4 on Sunday (450 yards) after having played as a par 5 for the first two rounds.  The 11th hole was a par 5 on Sunday (510 yards) after having played as a par 4 for the first two rounds. 

There were a total of five scores under par on Sunday, and three competitors finished the Championship under par.  Nicholas Arcement from Thibodaux finished the Championship at even par 284.  Other under par scores on Sunday not mentioned above were shot by: Winstead (69), Bergeron (70), 2016 LGA Amateur Champion James Anstiss of Hammond (69), and CCLA Member BJ Rogillio of Baton Rouge (69). 

Below are the top 10:

 

Fav

SC

Pos.

Player

City

Final Round

Total

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

 

 

1

Busby, Derek

Ruston

-5

-12

69

70

67

66

272

 

 

2

Winstead, Trey

Baton Rouge

-2

-8

71

68

68

69

276

 

 

3

Bergeron, Jacob

Slidell

-1

-5

71

68

70

70

279

 

 

4

Arcement, Nicholas

Thibodaux

+2

Even

72

69

70

73

284

 

 

5

Anstiss, James

Hammond

-2

+2

75

70

72

69

286

 

 

6

Primeaux, Gage

Lake Charles

+4

+5

71

74

69

75

289

 

 

T7

Rogillio, BJ

Baton Rouge

-2

+6

74

74

73

69

290

 

 

T7

Elston, Triston

Lafayette

+3

+6

72

72

72

74

290

 

 

T7

Aydlett, Brandon

Metairie

+5

+6

73

71

70

76

290

 

 

T10

Humphries, John

Woodworth

+1

+8

72

73

75

72

292

 

 

T10

Caldwell, Blake

Ponchatoula

+3

+8

66

79

73

74

292

 

This is the third time that The Country Club of Louisiana has hosted the LGA Amateur Championship (1999 & 2006 previously), and it was a tremendous success. The grounds crew, led by Superintendent Ed Pippin, did a wonderful job getting the golf course in championship condition despite heavy rains that hit the Baton Rouge area for ten straight days prior to the beginning of the Championship.  The Jack Nicklaus designed course drew rave reviews from this field of the top amateur golfers in the state. The course played to a par of 71 at approximately 6,872 yards on Sunday. The course and slope rating of the set of tees that the LGA Amateur Championship competitors played was 73.4/136.

Click here to view 2017 LGA Amateur Championship final results.

The 2018 LGA Amateur Championship will be conducted at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.