NICHOLAS ARCEMENT WINS LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIAION JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Covington, Louisiana             July 14, 2017

The final round of the 60th LGA Junior Amateur Championship at Tchefuncta Country Club was and exciting one full of drama that included several lead changes. Nicholas Arcement of Thibodaux played brilliantly to hold on to win by one stroke over Joey Kirkland of West Monroe and BJ Rogillio of Baton Rouge. Arcement shot a one-over par 72 on Friday to win the 2017 Championship. His final round consisted of two birdies, 13 pars, and 3 bogeys, and he was rock solid all day, never faltering under the pressure. This is Arcement’s first LGA Junior Amateur Championship, and the 16-year-old showcased his poise down the stretch.

Arcement started the day with a one-shot lead over Rogillio when they teed off in the final group at 11:33 AM, but his lead vanished at the par 4 1st hole after he made a bogey and Rogillio made a birdie. Both competitors made par on the next two holes, and then play was suspended due to a dangerous situation (lightning). When play resumed after an hour and thirty minutes, Arcement and Rogillio both made a bogey at the par 4 5th hole. Arcement bounced back with a birdie at the par 3 7th hole, and both competitors made the turn at two-under par for the Championship. They continued to battle and both made back-to-back pars and then birdies at the par 4 12th hole to get to three-under par for the Championship. Rogillio stumbled and made a bogey at the par 4 13th hole, but he was able to get it back to three-under par after he made a birdie at the par 4 16th hole, which was playing at a driveable 286 yards on Friday.

Meanwhile, Joey Kirkland, in the group ahead of Arcement and Rogillio got to two-under par for the Championship after he made an eagle 2 at the par 4 16th. Kirkland would par out to finish at two-under, and the pressure turned back to the final pairing. Rogillio and Arcement were tied at three-under par when they stepped on the tee at the par 3 18th, but it wasn’t meant to be for Rogillio who made a bogey on his final hole. Arcement had made par on his previous five holes leading to the 18th, and he stuck to his game plan on his final hole of the day. He hit a solid tee shot and had an opportunity for birdie and came up short. Once Rogillio made the bogey, Arcement took a moment to compose himself and drained his 4-foot par putt to win the Championship.

For a full recap of Arcement’s tournament, click here. Arcement’s second round 66 was the lowest of the Championship. Nicholas said about the victory, “This means a lot. It’s a dream come true… I was confident in myself like I always am, and it’s great to see the results.” Arcement’s win puts him in the impressive company of former LGA Junior Amateur Champions, including PGA Tour winners Hal Sutton, Willie Wood, David Toms, Brian Bateman, and current PGA Tour player Andrew Loupe and future PGA Tour player Sam Burns.  Arcement received the “Past Champions’ Award” in the form of a $400 gift certificate that may be utilized in the Golf Shop at Tchefuncta Country Club.  He will have his name engraved on a beautiful plaque that honors each of the past LGA Junior Amateur Champions dating back to 1958, and it will be displayed at his home club, Ellendale Country Club in Houma, until the 2018 Championship.  Arcement also received a new Titleist golf bag embroidered with the LGA logo and “2017 LGA Junior Amateur Champion” signifying his victory, and he earned full exempt status with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).  Other AJGA Performance Based Entry stars were awarded as follows: Top 5 (12 Performance Stars), Top 10 (8 Stars), Top 15 (4 Stars). Because Arcement is only 16, he will have two more opportunities to win the LGA Junior Amateur Championship in the years to come.   

Ryan Fulton of Crowley shot a 72 on Friday and finished in fourth place at even par for the Championship (213).  Rounding out the top 10 are: 5. Kristofer Kerr of Loranger (69/217), T6. Carson Caruso of Greenwell Springs (70/218), T6. Eric Brown of Lake Charles (72/218), T6. Brady Bennett of Zachary (73/218), T9. John Wood of Baton Rouge (68/219), and 2016 LGA Junior Amateur Champion Nick Daniel of Covington (72/219).

There were eight total scores under par on Friday. Other scores under par not mentioned above were shot by: Colton Ryan of Benton (69/221), Tyler Armstrong of Zachary (70/221), Karan Patel of Alexandria (70/225), and Nolan Lambert of Gretna (70/227).

For complete results, click here.

There were 4 eagles on the day: Jake Marler of Shreveport (#11 / par 5, 531 yards), Collin Stinson of Geismar holed out from 120 yards with a pitching wedge at the par 4 15th (374 yards), and both DJ Johnson of Baton Rouge and Joey Kirkland of West Monroe, as mentioned above, made an eagle at the par 4 16th hole which was playing 286 yards on Friday. Click here to view course stats.

The Overall Championship was divided into three flights (Championship, First, and Second) based off 36 hole total score for play on Friday. Karan Patel and Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge tied for first in the First Flight.  The LGA’s tiebreaker policy for its Junior Amateur is that in the event of a tie for the Overall Championship and/or any Age-Group Championship(s) there shall be a sudden death playoff beginning on a hole determined by the Championship Committee and continuing in an order of holes as determined by the Committee.  All other ties, which determine placing, prizes, or recognition, will be decided by USGA method (i.e., last 9 holes played, last 6 holes played, last 3 holes played, last hole played). Dupuy shot a 34 on his last 9 holes and Patel shot a 36 on his back nine, so Dupuy won the First Flight First Place crystal prize. JP Preston of Mandeville and Collin Stinson tied for first in the Second Flight, and Preston won the tiebreaker with a 36 on his back nine.  

Temperatures were in the upper-80s on Thursday. Lightning in the area caused play to be suspended for one hour and 30 minutes, which was par for the course this week. Each round of the 2017 LGA Junior Amateur was suspended briefly due to a dangerous situation, but fortunately all rounds were able to be completed by day’s end. This marked the first time Tchefuncta Country Club has hosted the LGA Junior Amateur Championship for the first time in its history, and it is in excellent condition for this Championship. It has definitely provided a fun, yet stern test for the top junior golfers in the state, and drew rave reviews from competitors. The Tchefuncta course played to a par of 71 at approximately 6,457 yards for the Overall Championship.

Next year’s Championship will be conducted at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport, July 11-13, 2018.