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CONDUCTING A COURSE RATING AT THE NEW SOUTH COURSE - BAYOU OAKS AT CITY PARK

Lafayette, LA             February 24, 2017

A decade after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, City Park in New Orleans will see the return of a championship level golf course to the property. The new South Course will open in late April at the recently renamed Bayou Oaks at City Park Complex. The par 72 Rees Jones design uses some of the large oak trees and ponds that shaped the original layout. The South Course project was spearheaded by the non-profit Bayou District Foundation, which has also completely transformed the old St. Bernard Housing Project into a thriving mixed income residential community. This development model closely mirrors the successful “East Lake model” in Atlanta, Georgia. Last week, prior to its opening, the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Course Rating team (south region) had the opportunity to rate the new course. This article will highligh first impressions of the South Course by our LGA volunteers and teh staff at Bayou Oaks at City Park.

City Park in New Orleans has been intertwined with golf since 1902, when the 9-hole New Orleans Golf Club opened. It was one of only 80 golf courses in the United States at that time. From those early beginnings over a century ago, the number of holes and courses expanded on the property.  At one time, there were four distinct golf courses at City Park, the most distinct being the Championship layout, which hosted the PGA Tour's New Orleans Open (now Zurich Classic) from 1938-48 and 1958-62. Before Hurricane Katrina, the golf footprint in City Park consisted of four courses on more than 700 acres. When the redesigned renovation of the golf facilities is complete, City Park will have two public golf courses and a practice facility encompassing approximately 350 acres. Hundreds of live oaks, magnolias, natural bayous and regional flora and fauna are incorporated carefully into the golf course design maintaining the distinctive and historical environment of iconic City Park.  

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING

Parents Can Register Their Junior Golfers, Get More Information at DriveChipandPutt.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. January 27, 2017– The USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America today announced that qualifying registration for the fifth Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is now officially open on DriveChipandPutt.com.

This fun, free and nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Entrants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September/October, respectively, at some of the nation’s most acclaimed venues and championship sites. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 1, the eve of the 2018 Masters Tournament. Local Qualifying in Louisiana will take place at The Island in Plaquemine (June 17) and OakWing in Alexandria (July 11) with the Subregional Qualifier scheduled for July 26 at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.

LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION AND ZURICH CLASSIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

January 23, 2017             Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is pleased to announce a continued partnership with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Fore!Kids Foundation. This partnership between the governing body of amateur golf in Louisiana and the state’s only PGA TOUR event will serve to strengthen the game of golf in Louisiana.

The Zurich Classic will be played Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 at LGA Member Club TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. The 2017 tournament will feature a new and exclusive 2-Man Team Format. PGA TOUR players will team up and compete in two days of Foursome and two days of Four-Ball competition to determine this year's champion. The new team format has drawn widespread interest among TOUR members and already has resulted in several of high-profile commitments, including World No. 1 Jason Day with Rickie Fowler, and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose with Henrik Stenson, the Olympic gold and silver medalists, respectively.

NEW LOCAL RULE ELIMINATES PENALTY FOR A PLAYER WHO ACCIDENTALLY CAUSES A BALL TO MOVE ON THE PUTTING GREEN

Far Hills, NJ            December 8, 2016

The content of this article was written by USGA staff writers

The USGA and The R&A today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

“Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, said. “This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernization changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

David Rickman, executive director - Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernization initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”

BERGERON,CHOI WIN THE 39TH POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Palm Beach Gardens, FL          November 25th, 2016

The content of this article was written by the AJGA staff writers.

Jacob Bergeron of Slidell, Louisiana, and Hye-Jin Choi of Gimhae-si, South Korea, etched their names into history as the champions of the 39th Polo Golf Junior Classic Friday at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Bergeron, an LSU commit, started the morning with a birdie on No. 1 to take the early lead against Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee. He extended his advantage to 2-up on No. 4, before Shore fought back to make it 1-up. Shore birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the advantage 1-up.  The Alabama commit, playing in his last AJGA event, pushed the lead to 2-up before Bergeron won the next two holes to square it up heading into No. 16. A par for Bergeron on No. 17 gave him the Dormie 1 lead, and a pair of pars secured him his first AJGA career victory 1-up. During his five rounds of match play, Bergeron defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked players in the Polo Golf Rankings.

“At this point last year, if you would have told me I would have gotten into this tournament, I probably would have gotten really excited and not believed you,” Bergeron said. “This win means the world to me. It’s taken a lot of hard work and patience. To win here, at a PGA TOUR venue, means a heck of a lot to me.”

Bergeron is a member of the Louisiana Golf Association and was a member of the victorious Team Louisiana at the Junior River Cup matches last month. 

LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

November 2, 2016 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association announced its 2017 Championship Schedule on Wednesday.  The LGA will conduct 12 Championship and 20 qualifying events during 2017, beginning April 17 with the U.S. Men’s Four-Ball Qualifier at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at the L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles.  This is the last qualifier to be conducted in the country, and 69 teams will compete for three spots in the Championship proper at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, May 27-31.  Five days after the U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier, the LGA will kick off its own Championship Season at Contraband Bayou with the popular Louisiana Club Team Championship.  The impressive 2017 Schedule is highlighted by the 98th LGA Amateur Championship (June 8-11) at the Country Club of Louisiana (CCLA) in Baton Rouge and the LGA Mid-Amateur Championship (August 4-6) at the new Bayou Oaks at City Park Golf Course in New Orleans.  This will be the first time since 2006 that the State Amateur will be conducted at CCLA, and the State Mid-Amateur will be the first major Amateur Championship to be featured at the Rees Jones designed City Park course.  The season concludes with the Junior River Cup Matches at the phenomenal Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, September 23-24.

“We are excited about our 2017 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.  “The 2017 schedule showcases facilities across the state of Louisiana that make a conscientious effort to give back to the game by hosting our Championships.  We sincerely appreciate their support and are looking forward to a fun and competitive 2017 Season at these excellent golf courses.”

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