July 20, 2012 – Baton Rouge, LA – The twenty-ninth annual Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship begins Saturday at the University Club in Baton Rouge. 66 teams from across the state will compete for the prestigious title presently held by Kyle Williams and Greg Berthelot of Baton Rouge. Williams and Berthelot shot 16-under par 126 a year ago at Koasati Pines in Kinder to take home last year’s title. Williams returns with new partner Howard Mullins of Baton Rouge to defend the title, Berthelot having turned professional late last year.
Other teams expected to vie for the 2012 crown include 2010 Champion Jay Leblanc of Gonzales with new partner Ellis Sampson of LaPlace, 2009 Champion Garrett Westbrook of Baton Rouge with new partner Michael Drury of St. Gabriel, 2008 Champions and 2010 Runners-up Tommy Brennan of Covington and Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge, 2006 Champion Gavin Johnson of Kenner and new partner Scott Sterbcow of Metairie, 2004 Champions Sandy Brasher of Covington and Robert Shelton of Lafayette, and the father-son teams of Jim and Ben Adams of Baton Rouge and Grady and Grady Brame, Jr., of Hammond.
Former Champions of this event include PGA Champion David Toms and PGA Tour winners Brian Bateman and Mike Heinen. Toms won with Duane Lorio in 1986, Heinen with Mike Genovese in 1987, and Bateman with Bob Cooper in 1994.
The University Club course has hosted a number of LGA Championships since its opening in 1997, including last year’s Senior Amateur Championship, conducted not long after the club’s re-opening after a year-long renovation. The course’s renovation drew rave reviews from the state’s best Senior players last year and is expected to be in wonderful shape for this extremely strong field. It will play to a par of 72 at around 6,900 yards. Starting times will begin off both #1 and #10 tees at 7:30 AM. Teams will be repaired for Sunday’s round, based on Saturday’s scores, with the leaders going off the first tee at approximately 12:50 PM.
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