Lafayette, LA  - November 28, 2017

Global Golf Post, a weekly, online-based national publication just announced their 2017 All-Amateur Team, which includes five (5) Louisiana golfers who were selected to their respective teams.  The publication breaks down male and female golfers into three different groups – Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior. Three Louisiana golfers were named to the First Team of their respective group, while two other golfers were named to the Second Team.

Former LSU golfer and current tour professional, Sam Burns (Shreveport) was a First Team Men’s Amateur team selection. Burns was selected based on his 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of Year award, great individual performance at this year’s NCAA Regional at The University Club (Baton Rouge) and making the cut in July at the Barbasol Championship, a PGA Tour event conducted in Alabama.

2017 LGA Player of Year and reigning Louisiana Amateur champion, Derek Busby (Ruston) along with Patrick Christovich (New Orleans) were named to the First Team Men’s Mid-Amateur Team. Both Busby and Christovich played great golf outside of the state this year. Busby recently won wire-to-wire the Crane Cup at The Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, FL, which added to this year’s success at the Crump Cup in New Jersey and qualifying for the match play portion of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.  Christovich won the Timuquana Cup at Timuquana CC in Jacksonville, FL in May. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at the George C. Thomas Invitational at Los Angeles CC in late June. Christovich also had a runner-up finish at the Louisiana Mid-Amateur in early August bowing out in a four-hole playoff Seth Dufrene. 

Rounding out the Global Golf Post All-Amateur Team selections for 2017. Tommy Brennan and Kay Daniel, both from Covington were Second Team All -Amateur Team selections for their respective groups, Senior and Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Brennan, a seven-time LGA Mid-Amateur champion and 2015 Senior Amateur champion had a consistent 2017 season. He had a Top 10 finish this year in the Senior Division at the George L. Coleman Invitational annually hosted at Seminole Golf Club in Florida.  He followed that up with a Top 15 finish at the Trans-Miss Senior Championship in Indian Wells, CA, a championship he won in 2016. Brennan capped off his 2017 accolades with a Top 15 finish in the Senior Amateurs Championship, conducted by the R&A at Sunningdale Golf Club in England. Kay Daniel was named to the Second Team Women’s Mid-Amateur Team based on her performance in-state and nationally this year.  Daniel won her seventh LWGA Mid-Amateur title in October along with representing Louisiana at the final USGA Women’s State Team Championship in New Mexico. Most recently she advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Champions GC in Houston, TX.  It marked her ninth straight U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in which she advanced at least to the match play portion of the championship.

Also of note in this week’s issue of Global Golf Post, Sean Fairholm wrote a dedicated article about Derek Busby. It highlights his rise to recent success and the challenges he faces as a Mid-Amateur golfer with work, family, and injuries.