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LGA MOURNS PASSING OF JIM MANGUM

A Louisiana golf legend passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017. Jim Mangum, a three time LGA Amateur Champion, died while surrounded by his family early in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day. He won the LGA Amateur Championship in 1955 at Lake Charles Country Club, in 1959 at Oakbourne Country Club, and again in 1967 at Covington Country Club.  He also won the first ever LGA Senior 4-Ball Championship with Stanton Shuler in 1988 at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.  

USGA AND THE R&A ANNOUNCE PROPOSED CHANGES TO MODERNIZE GOLF'S RULES

The following press release is from the USGA and The R&A.

Far Hills, NJ and St. Andrews, Scotland                March 1, 2017

The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key USGA and R&A Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

“We are excited and encouraged by the potential this work brings, both through the proposed new Rules and the opportunities to use technology to deliver them,” said Thomas Pagel, senior director of Rules & Amateur Status for the USGA. “We look forward to an ongoing conversation with golfers during the feedback period in the months ahead.”

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.  

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.”

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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