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Lafayette, LA — September 1, 2015
The Louisiana Golf Association will send three Amateur golfers to represent our state at the 2016 USGA Men’s State Team Championship, to be conducted at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama, September 28-30. This will be the second USGA Championship to be conducted at the CC of Birmingham. “We’re pleased to provide a points system on our website, www.LGAgolf.org, which will make the Louisiana Men’s State Team selection process transparent to everyone. The Men’s State Team Championship is a special event that rewards our state’s best Amateur golfers. It demonstrates the camaraderie and fun that is drawn from this game we all love, and the USGA does an excellent job in providing a first class experience for competitors,” said Logan Ray, LGA Assistant Executive Director and Director of Championship Operations. The points system mentioned above can be found on the ‘2016 State Team’ tab under the ‘Championships’ section on the LGA’s website homepage.
Lake Charles, Louisiana — August 29, 2015
Tommy Brennan of Covington fired a final round 67 Saturday at Lake Charles Country Club to win the 2015 Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship by four strokes over Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge. Brennan shot the low round of the Championship, a seven-under par 65 in the second round, which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard and gave him a three shot lead through 36 holes. Brennan is a highly decorated LGA Champion, having won the state’s Mid-Amateur Championship seven times between 1995 and 2008. This is Brennan’s first LGA Senior Amateur Championship, an especially sweet victory after having finished runner-up in this Championship in 2011. Brennan’s 54 hole total of 204 was the lowest in LGA Senior Amateur Championship history, besting Doug Farr of Monroe’s 205 at Lake Charles Country Club in 2009.
Lake Charles, LA August 31, 2015
It was an exciting day of golf at Lake Charles Country Club on Monday, where the Louisiana Golf Association conducted the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier. Josh Lampley of Gulfport, Mississippi took medalist honors after firing a five-under par 67. Three competitors, Felipe Del Solar of St. Francisville, Louisiana, Eric Lodge of Houston, Texas, and Todd McPherson of New Orleans, Louisiana each carded a four-under par 68 and went to a playoff for the second qualifying spot. Lodge won with a par on the second playoff hole, the par 3 16th. Lampley and Lodge have now qualified for the Championship proper which will be conducted at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, October 3-8.
August 24, 2015 - Lafayette, LA
The Louisiana Golf Association announced its schedule of USGA Handicap System Fall Seminars for 2015. The USGA requires all clubs that wish to provide approved USGA Handicap Indexes to their members to complete a licensing protocol once every four years. As the organization that governs amateur golf in Louisiana, the LGA periodically schedules seminars in order that all Louisiana clubs might satisfy the requirement of attending a licensing seminar prior to the beginning of the next licensing window that begins January 1, 2016.
The LGA has already conducted five seminars in March and April, partnering with the USGA on the first seminar at East Ridge CC in Shreveport, with the other four conducted exclusively by the LGA at Oakbourne CC in Lafayette, Lake Charles CC in Lake Charles, The Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, and Bayou DeSiard CC in Monroe.
The Fall Schedule consist of three seminars:
The highly anticipated “Bayou State Golfer” license plates are now available for purchase. Identify yourself as a golfer from the great state of Louisiana and support Junior Golf and growth of the game initiatives that are spearheaded by the Louisiana Golf Association.
We encourage all Louisiana golfers to consider purchasing the plates now that they are available. In addition to identifying yourself as a “Bayou State Golfer,” you’ll also be investing in our wonderful game in Louisiana. We look forward to seeing the “Bayou State Golfer” license plates proudly displayed on vehicles throughout the “Sportman’s Paradise” and abroad.
Lafayette, LA August 3, 2015
The USGA course Rating System, including Slope Rating, was implemented by the USGA on January 1, 1987. This system addresses the problem of portability of handicaps by adjusting a player's handicap index according to the relative difficulty of the golf course being played.
Here are the 10 basic rules for course rating teams:
Former LGA Junior Amateur Champion, Philip Barbaree, 17, of Shreveport, took his game to new heights last weekend and won the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in dramatic fashion. Barbaree defeated Andrew Orischak, 16, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in Saturday’s final match, matching the largest comeback in U.S. Junior Amateur Championship history.
Trailing 5 down with eight holes remaining, Barbaree managed to rally for a 37-hole win on the 7,366-yard, par-72 Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course. It was the most holes played in championship history since the USGA went to a 36-hole final 10 years ago. In becoming the first Louisiana resident to win the U.S. Junior Amateur since Willie Wood (Lake Charles) in 1977, Barbaree matched Andy Hyeon Bo Shim’s comeback three years ago at the Golf Club of New Hampshire for the largest comeback in the event’s 68-year history. Barbaree was ranked 59th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings entering the U.S. Junior, and his victory is sure to bolster his ranking substantially.
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