Seth Dufrene Wins 2017 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship

New Orleans, LA – August 6, 2017

Seth Dufrene of Luling won the 2017 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Bayou Oaks at City Park (South Course) in dramatic fashion. Dufrene had to wait 28 hours from the time he putted out on the final hole of the second round to the time he teed it up in a sudden death playoff against four-time LGA Mid-Amateur Champion Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. Second Round play was suspended at 1:50 PM on Saturday due to the torrential rainstorm that hit New Orleans, and the total amount of rainfall on Saturday and Sunday morning was approximately nine inches. It is a testament to the well-constructed golf course and especially to the grounds crew, led by Superintendent Ryan McCavitt, that play was able to resume at 12:00 PM on Sunday with playable conditions. The Tournament Committee determined that there was no chance of completing 54 holes, so the Championship was cut to 36 holes. That left two men, Christovich and Dufrene, atop the leaderboard at six-under par 138 through 36 holes. Once the Second Round was complete, a sudden death playoff commenced to determine the Champion.

The playoff started on the par 4 16th hole which was playing 275 yards on Sunday, making it drivable for both Christovich and Durfrene. If competitors attempted to hit the green with their tee shot, it would be a 258-yard carry directly over a water hazard to a back left hole location. This hole would play a crucial role later in the playoff, but the first time Christovich and Dufrene played it, they both made par. Next up was the par 3 17th hole, which was playing 170 yards. Both competitors had a putt for birdie to win, but each just missed the hole would make par. The par 5 18th hole was playing 583 yards downwind on Sunday. Christovich safely hit the fairway but went for the green with a 3 wood and ended up in the rough left of the greenside bunker in a downhill lie. Dufrene’s tee shot faded right of the cart path in the rough but he was able to safely hit an iron to the middle of the fairway and then hit his third shot to 15 feet, just on the ridge in the middle of the green. Christovich flopped his chip over the back of the green but recovered well with his next shot which stopped three feet from the hole. Dufrene’s putt to win came up a foot short, and he tapped in for par. Christovich made his putt as well for 5 and the playoff continued on to the 16th hole once more.

On Hole #16, Christovich faded his drive right, just short of the greenside bunker while Dufrene hit a driver over the back-left edge of the green. Christovich hit his wedge to 16 feet, and Dufrene showcase the short game he’s worked so hard on recently and chipped his ball to 8 feet. Christovich missed his biridie putt which set the stage for Dufrene who poured in his 8-footer to win. It was certainly fitting that an event shortened to 36 holes took extra holes to complete. Dufrene fired a first round 71, having not been able to play the golf course prior to that day, and then posted the course record, a five-under par 67 in the Second Round that included eight birdies and one triple-bogey.

This is Dufrene’s second LGA Championship, having just won the Four-Ball at English Turn two weeks ago with his partner Justin Lowe of Alexandria. This is Christovich’s third time to finish runner-up in the Championship that he won four times in a row from 2010-2013. Both competitors showcased mental fortitude after battling weather delays all weekend.

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The Rees Jones designed Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course played to a par 72 at 6,838 yards on Sunday. For course statistics, click here. The golf course drained exceptionally well following the heavy rains over the weekend, and it was a real treat for LGA Mid-Amateur participants to compete in the first tournament back at City Park following Hurricane Katrina. Golf is alive and well at City Park. The Louisiana Golf Association is excited about returning for the 2018 Net Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifier.

Next year’s LGA Mid-Amateur Championship will be conducted at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard, home of the Tour’s Louisiana Chitimacha Open.