HANK SHAHEEN WINS LGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Broussard, Louisiana              August 5, 2018

The final round of the 27th LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club was full of drama. Brandon Aydlett of Metairie, James Fuselier of Laplace, and Hank Shaheen of Dequincy all finished the Championship tied for first at eight-under par 208 through 54 holes and had to compete in a sudden death playoff to determine a winner. The playoff commenced on the picturesque par 4 18th (430 yards). Shaheen had the best opportunity to close out the Championship with a four-foot birdie putt, but it burned the edge, and he settled for par. Aydlett also made par, while Fuselier narrowly missed his par putt and was eliminated. Aydlett and Shaheen would both make par the next two times they played the 18th hole. Before they were able to tee it up for a fourth time, a strong storm blew through Broussard, and play was suspended at 3:54 PM due to a dangerous situation. Although the Le Triomphe course drains exceptionally well, the 18th hole was not playable immediately after the storm passed. The Committee determined that the par 3 8th hole would be the setting for the playoff when play resumed at 5:00 PM.

The 8th hole was playing 158 yards on Sunday, and the hole location was cut on the right side of the green, making the tee shot all carry over a water hazard. Aydlett was first to play, and hit his tee shot off the edge of the bulkhead and into the water. Shaheen took the water out of play but launched his tee shot over the green to the left. Aydlett advanced to the drop zone and hit his third shot to within 12 feet of the hole. Shaheen gingerly hit his chip shot, and it stopped just beyond the ridge in the middle of the green but still 20 feet short of the hole. Shaheen missed his par putt, and Aydlett had a chance to extend the playoff, but he missed his bogey putt to the left and had to tap in for a double-bogey 5. Shaheen made his bogey putt to win and clinch his first LGA Mid-Amateur Championship. 

This victory is especially sweet for Shaheen who finished third in this event last year. Shaheen shot rounds of 71-72-65 to finish at 8-under par and 208 total. His stellar final round 65 included two eagles at the par 5 1st (555 yards) and the par 5 14th (513 yards), and he shot a 31 on his last nine holes.

Other under par rounds on Sunday were shot by:  Aydlett (69/208), Fuselier (68/208), Andrew Noto of Metairie (70/213), Frank Briseno of Harahan (71/214), 2009 LGA Mid-Amateur Champion Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles (69/214), Buck Williams of New Orleans (71/215), Felipe Del Solar of St. Francisville (71/218), Jacob Broussard of Lafayette (71/219), Jeremy Gautreaux of Prairieville (70/221), Neithan Allen of Lake Charles (71/222), and Clinton Shephard of Maurice (71/225).

Scoring conditions were ideal on Sunday. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Le Triomphe course played firm and fast to a par of 72 at 6,837 yards. This marked the third time that Le Triomphe G & CC hosted this event in its history, having also been host venue for the inaugural LGA Mid-Amateur Championship in 1992 and then again in 2000. Le Triomphe has also hosted the LGA Amateur Championship three times in its history (1987, 1996, and 2014). The Le Triomphe staff and grounds crew, led by Superintendent Ramsey Prescott, did an excellent job getting the facility and golf course ready for this Championship. The course drew rave reviews from this field of the best Mid-Amateur competitors in Louisiana.

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The low 40 scorers and ties are exempt from qualifying for next year’s LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, to be conducted August 9-11, 2019.