BATON ROUGE COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST 100TH LOUISIANA STATE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

December 14, 2017  |  Lafayette, LA 

 

The venerable and historic Baton Rouge Country Club will host the 100th edition of the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Amateur Championship July 18-21, 2019.  Baton Rouge Country Club, established in 1916, is one of the founding members of the LGA and it is certainly fitting that the club will host the centennial edition of state’s most prestigious Amateur Championship.  Baton Rouge Country Club first hosted the Louisiana State Amateur in 1923 and has hosted the event a total of five times in all (1923, 1942, 1949, 1953, and 1968).  The 100th LGA Amateur in 2019 will mark the first time the LGA will conduct its marquee Championship at BRCC in 51 years (1968), an event won by Shirley Picard of Lafayette with a total of even par 288.  The 100th LGA Amateur Championship in Louisiana’s Capital City is sure to be a tremendous celebration of golf in the state, honoring the legacy and traditions of the past while setting the tone for a bright future.   

 

“We are truly honored to return to historic Baton Rouge Country Club,” said Logan Ray, LGA Assistant Executive Director.  “Bringing the 100th State Amateur to BRCC is a testament to the quality of the golf course and the longevity of the strong relationship the LGA has with the club.  We are excited to provide our players an opportunity to play this wonderful golf course and we look forward to history being made once again at this amazing venue.”

     

"The Baton Rouge Country Club is excited to host the centennial edition of the state’s most prestigious amateur golf event, the 2019 LGA State Amateur Championship," said Michael Masson, CCM General Manager at Baton Rouge Country Club.  "We are looking forward to welcoming the field of Louisiana’s top amateur players and confirming our historic commitment to amateur golf.”

 

BRCC has remained on the same plot of land since its founding in 1916.  The first inklings of Baton Rouge Country Club's founding began a year before when the Baton Rouge Country Club Realty Company formed to purchase approximately 58 acres of land.  The first golf course layout on the property was a 9-hole design by Bernard "Scotty" Sinclair Robson.  Robson was brought in as golf professional and course designer from Hamilton CC (currently Bartlett CC) in Olean, NY.  He was of Scottish descent and much like many golf course architects of the late 1800s and early 1900s, he also acted as a "professional," "club maker" and golf course architect.  

 

Twelve years later, in 1928, the club opened its second nine (9) to make the golf course a complete 18-hole facility. The members had commissioned Tom Bendelow, another course architect of Scottish descent.  Bendelow is better known for his layouts, such as all three courses at Medinah Country Club (Chicago, IL), Dallas Country Club, and East Lake Golf Club (Atlanta, GA).  According to research by LSU Boyd Professor Emeritus Arthur Bedeian, with the opening of the second nine (9) at Baton Rouge Country Club, it was the only full-length golf (18) hole course outside of New Orleans or Shreveport in the state. During the 1937-38 period the club rerouted the holes on the course to match the master plan of Bendelow's original design. With the changes, it brought the golf course to up to 6,400 yards in length.

 

Due to World War II rationing efforts and the costs maintaining an 18-hole golf course, Baton Rouge Country Club in 1942 shut down nine (9) holes on the property and designated them for farming and operations purposes. Once the war ended the club decided to redesign and return the course back to its original state before the ‘Great Depression’ and World War II.  They enlisted the expertise of their head golf professional at the time, Bert Stamps.  His work was targeted in the redesign of the green surfaces, improve drainage, and the bunkers on the course.  His work would be part of a continued effort by the Baton Rouge Country Club to improve or update the golf course every ten to twenty years.  

 

The main focus of future redesigns or improvements by Joseph L. Lee in 1967 and Joseph S. Finger in 1973 involved the greens and drainage issues on property.  The principal layout of the golf course would remain intact until 2007 when the course saw its first major renovation since Tom Bendelow's addition of a second nine (9) in 1928.  The Baton Rouge Country Club commissioned Rees Jones, a master golf course architect known as "The U.S. Open Doctor" and Louisiana native, PGA professional David Toms to redesign the original Bendelow layout.  The redesigned golf course that opened in 2007 on the same plot of land purchased in 1916 now stretches to 7,040 yards, an additional 232 yards longer than it was prior to the renovation.  The golf course is always in pristine condition and will provide a true test of Championship golf for LGA Amateur Championship competitors in 2019.