LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

October 10, 2018 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) announced its 2019 Championship Schedule on Wednesday.  The LGA will conduct 14 Championships, in addition to 16 State Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifiers.  The LGA is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, and as such, the governing body for amateur golf in Louisiana will conduct eight qualifiers on behalf of the USGA in 2019.   The LGA will officially unify with the Louisiana Women’s Golf Association, effective January 1, 2019, and the organization will add five women’s championships to next year’s slate.   “We are excited about our 2019 championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Executive Director Logan Ray.  “The 2019 schedule showcases facilities that give back to the game by hosting our Championships, and we sincerely appreciate their support.  We are especially proud to now conduct championships for women, and we are looking forward to a fun and competitive season.”  Truly, 2019 will be a banner year for amateur golfers in the Bayou State as the LGA travels to excellent courses.

The stellar 2019 LGA Championship Schedule is highlighted by the 100th LGA Amateur Championship, to be conducted at historic Baton Rouge Country Club, July 18-21.  Registration for that event will open February 1, and the entry deadline is June 11.  There will be eight LGA Amateur qualifying sites available throughout the state.  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 stage for a bright future.   “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.”  

The 2019 Championship Season kicks off on March 11th at the Jack Nicklaus designed Country Club of Louisiana, site of the popular U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifiers.  In fact, Louisiana boasts the largest qualifying field and most qualifying spots available anywhere in the United States.  Four teams from a field of 80 will punch their ticket to the championship proper, to be conducted at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, May 25-29.  

The LGA schedule officially kicks off in late April with the Club Team Championship at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Denham Springs.  This event matches teams from LGA Member Clubs in an exciting Ryder Cup type format consisting of 4-Ball stroke play on Saturday and individual stroke play on Sunday.  This will mark the first time that Greystone will host an LGA Championship, and the golf course is sure to be in great shape next Spring.  The LGA will remain in the Baton Rouge area for the subsequent event, the Women’s Four-Ball Championship, which will be conducted at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Zachary, May 1-2.  Beaver Creek is one of the top public facilities in Louisiana and will be a treat for competitors in the Women’s Four-Ball.   

Money Hill Golf & Country Club in Abita Springs will host the LGA Senior Amateur and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, May 16-18.  The Northshore gem will also host the U.S. Open Local Qualifier, conducted by the LGA, on Monday, May 13.  The LGA Four-Ball Championship will be conducted at Lake Charles Country Club, June 8-9.  These dates are typically when the LGA conducts the Amateur Championship, but for 2019 only, the Four-Ball and the Amateur dates have been interchanged.  Lake Charles Country Club will be a fun track for the LGA Four-Ball.  Registration opens February 1, and the field is likely to fill-up quickly.

The LGA returns to the Capital City in June for its Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Louisiana.   This will be the 91st edition of this event.  The Country Club of Louisiana was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened for play in 1986.  It has hosted three LGA Amateur Championships previously: 1999, 2006, and 2017.

The LGA will travel to the Big Easy in July to conduct its Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur Championships at Bayou Oaks at City Park.  The Rees Jones designed course has been tremendously supportive of the LGA since its opening in April of 2017.  The Championship South Course is a par 72 layout that can stretch anywhere between 5,100 – 7,350 yards.  It hosted the 2017 LGA Mid-Amateur and 2018 LGA Net Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier, all of which were extremely well received.

Following the Amateur in July, the LGA heads north to Squire Creek Country Club, site of the LGA Mid-Amateur (August 9-11) and U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier (August 12).  Squire Creek is a stalwart in the LGA Championship rotation, and it boasts some of the best and most challenging greens in the state.  The golf course is always in excellent condition, and the Tom Fazio designed track will provider a stern test for the top Mid-Amateur golfers in the state.  Squire Creek is a premier facility that has hosted numerous LGA Championships previously and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015.

After the Mid-Amateur in early August, the LGA will be back in New Orleans for the popular Net Amateur Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club on the Westbank.   English Turn, a Jack Nicklaus designed track hosted the LGA Four-Ball in 2015 and 2017, and it has drawn rave reviews recently.  The Signature Course at English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina.  The wonderful layout, close proximity to New Orleans, and the attraction of a former PGA Tour destination should once again be a recipe for another successful LGA Championship.  This will be the first time that English Turn will host the LGA Net Amateur.  This Championship will once again have a men’s and women’s division, in addition to the concurrent Net Club Team Championship.

The LGA Women’s Senior Amateur and LGA Senior Four-Ball Championships will be conducted in September at Koasati Pines at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder. Koasati Pines has hosted several LGA events over the year, including the 2010 Amateur Championship, and it will be a fantastic venue in August.  Players will be able to stay and play at the casino for an exciting weekend of golf.  This will be the perfect event to cap off the historic 2019 Season.

As mentioned above, qualifiers will again be conducted for both the LGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships. Eight sites around the state (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport) will conduct sectional qualifying rounds for all entrants not exempt into Championship round play.  As in previous years, those players who attempt to qualify but are unsuccessful will receive a $100 refund from their $225 entry fee at the conclusion of the Championship proper.

The LGA will also conduct eight USGA Qualifiers in 2019:

·       U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Qualifier, Country Club of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, March 11

·       U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier, Country Club of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, March 11

·       U.S. Open Qualifier, Money Hill Golf & Country Club, Abita Springs, May 13

·       U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier, Oakbourne Country Club, Lafayette, June 25

·       U.S. Girls’ Junior Qualifier, Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, Broussard, July 2

·       U.S. Amateur Qualifier, Bayou Oaks at City Park (South Course), New Orleans, July 8

·       U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, Broussard, August 1

·       U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier, Squire Creek Country Club, Choudrant, August 12

LGA Championship events are open to members of LGA Member Clubs. For more information on LGA Championship events or how to become an LGA Member, please contact the LGA at 337-265-3938 or visit our website, www.LGAgolf.org

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