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METAIRIE’S BART DORNIER AND KEN BUCHAN OF MONROE CLAIM 2018 LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION SENIOR FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, September 16 - St. Francisville, Louisiana

First round leaders Bart Dornier of Metairie and Ken Buchan of Monroe fended off the rest of the field on Sunday to capture the 2018 Louisiana Golf Association’s   Senior Four-Ball Championship.  Heading into final round play with a slim one-shot lead over three other teams at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville, they caught fire on the last nine holes on Sunday to take the title by four shots over three other teams.  Both Dornier and Buchan parred the first two holes before Buchan made the teams’ first, and only, birdie on the frontside on the par four 3rd, the team turning in one-under par 34.  Buchan caught fire on the back with birdies on #10, #12, and #14, before they both birdied the long par-five 18th alongside Thompson Creek, finishing with a four-under 32 on the back for a five-under 66 and a two day total of 11-under par 131.  Tying for second place were the teams of Mike Hymel of Hammond/Ronnie Averett of Loranger, Randy Goff of St. Francisville/Steven Inzenga of Baton Rouge, and Bill Land of Lafayette/Eric Lavespere of Monroe, each finishing at seven-under par 135.  Rounding out the Top Five was the team of Bob McCusker of Baton Rouge/Scott Haynie of Brusly, at six-under par 136.

The LGA also conducted a Super Senior division Championship for those competitors 65 years of age and older.  In that Championship Henry Cole of Monroe and Wayne Peddy of Ruston (68/69) defended the title they won last year at Atchafalaya GC in Patterson, besting Mickey McDonald and Harold Turner of Shreveport (69/68) on the second playoff hole, Peddy running in a 30 foot putt for birdie.  Both teams finished their regulation 36 holes at five-under par 137.  Finishing another shot back in third place at four-under 138 was the team of Corky Yates of Pineville and Frank Brame of Alexandria.

The shot of the day was hit by Tee Wheeler of Independence, who made a hole-in-one on the picturesque 17th hole.  The par-three hole that plays from high on the bluff overlooking the green and Thompson Creek, played at 203 yards on Sunday. Wheeler hit a 5-iron.

A DAILY RECAP FROM THE LGA'S SW IRELAND TRIP

The following was contributed by LGA Director of Member Services Kyle Nagdeman. Kyle and a group of LGA Members traveled to Southwest Ireland for our 2018 Members Trip, August 22-29th. They enjoyed the sites and playing golf. Check out the photo album from the trip by clicking here

Day 1 (Tuesday, August 21st/Wednesday August 22nd)

I do apologize in advance. I am like most of the trip participants a bit jet lagged after a long 24-hour period, but I will press on like everyone else. 

The Louisiana Golf Association SW Ireland Member Trip began for most yesterday morning and afternoon in various parts of Louisiana.  For many of the 25 trip attendees, we left from east coast airports last night to arrive into Shannon, Ireland this morning.  Our group was greeted by Cathal O’Sullivan (owner and operator of Sullivan Golf Travel), our guide for the trip Derek, and the coach driver as soon as we received our bags. We were on our way to our host hotel in Killarney in no time once everyone was settled.  The group was met with what we hope is great weather for the week, low 60s, patchy sun, with occasional misty rain. Once we arrived in Killarney and checked into our rooms, the group was free to roam the city for the afternoon.  

The group came together this evening for a welcome reception and meal at our host hotel, The Randles Court Hotel.  The three-course meal and service were fantastic. I sat with LGA Board Member, Ellis Sampson, his wife Tessa, Rick Courville, and Jerlene McCall for dinner. Everyone’s entrée arrived in a prompt manner and was cooked to perfection. The dessert sampler plate was a perfect end to a wonderful meal. 

I will close todays log early to catch up on the lost sleep traveling since Tuesday morning. 

My Memories of the 2018 US Amateur

As far back as I can remember I always loved playing golf.  I loved everything about it, practicing, playing, analyzing the swings of the professionals and studying the courses.  My Dad and I would compile lists of courses that we would love to play on our dream vacation we assumed we would never be able to take.  We would talk about playing Whistling Straits, Bandon Dunes, Torrey Pines but number one on every list we made was Pebble Beach.  From what I saw in pictures and TV there was something magical about the place.  The cliffs, the ocean, the beauty, the history, it was the ultimate.  When I was fortunate enough to qualify for the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills I was obviously very excited.  Playing in the US Open was one of my goals and it was a great experience.  But what really made me smile was knowing that I was now in the 2018 US Amateur at Pebble Beach.  The dream vacation was no longer a dream.

As with lots of things in life, things don’t always go as planned.  When we finally arrived at Pebble Beach our luggage including my golf clubs were missing.  While the airline searched to locate and reunite me with my clubs there was no practicing.  The only thing I could do was walk the course.  I was initially worried and stressed but that all went away walking up the fourth fairway when I got my first view of the ocean and Arrowhead Point in the distance.  Most things in life are hyped to absurd levels and when you experience them for yourself there is a little disappointment.  They don’t live up to the hype.  That was not the case here.  It exceeded my expectations, I was blown away.  I feel God spent a little extra time creating this place.  The colors are brighter, the breeze is cooler and fresher, the feel of the grass beneath your feet is bouncier.  I knew at that point that my finish in the US Am was irrelevant, I was going to enjoy my time here.

CLINTON SHEPARD AND DOUGLAS DUPONT QUALIFY FOR USGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

New Orleans, LA     August 23, 2018

The Bayou State will be well represented at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Clinton Shepard of Maurice, Louisiana fired a five-under par 67 to earn medalist honors inThursday’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association at Bayou Oaks at City Park (South Course). Shepard’s 67 was two shots better than the 69 carded by Douglas Dupont of Monroe, Louisiana and Matthew Ritchie of Mobile, Alabama. There were two qualifying spots available from this site, so Dupont and Ritchie went head-to-head in a sudden death playoff, which Dupont won with a par (5) on the first playoff hole (#18). Shepard and Dupont now advance to the Championship proper, to be conducted at historic Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 22-27. Carolina Golf Club is the stroke play co-host venue. Louisianans Derek Busby of Ruston and Patrick Christovich of New Orleans were exempt from qualifying because they are inside the top 400 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

HANK SHAHEEN WINS LGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Broussard, Louisiana              August 5, 2018

The final round of the 27th LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club was full of drama. Brandon Aydlett of Metairie, James Fuselier of Laplace, and Hank Shaheen of Dequincy all finished the Championship tied for first at eight-under par 208 through 54 holes and had to compete in a sudden death playoff to determine a winner. The playoff commenced on the picturesque par 4 18th (430 yards). Shaheen had the best opportunity to close out the Championship with a four-foot birdie putt, but it burned the edge, and he settled for par. Aydlett also made par, while Fuselier narrowly missed his par putt and was eliminated. Aydlett and Shaheen would both make par the next two times they played the 18th hole. Before they were able to tee it up for a fourth time, a strong storm blew through Broussard, and play was suspended at 3:54 PM due to a dangerous situation. Although the Le Triomphe course drains exceptionally well, the 18th hole was not playable immediately after the storm passed. The Committee determined that the par 3 8th hole would be the setting for the playoff when play resumed at 5:00 PM.

CARR McCALLA NAMED AS LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

Lafayette, LA                          July 30, 2018

Recently retired Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Executive Director Carr McCalla has been named recipient of the Louisiana Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018. The award was initiated in 1984 by the LGA to honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the game in Louisiana.

McCalla, whose name has been synonymous with the LGA for the last two decades, retired as Executive Director at the end of 2017 after over 22 years of service, having arrived at the LGA in October of 1995. He continues to serve the organization part-time as Senior Advisor, working on projects and providing his services as needed.

LGA AND LWGA TO UNIFY AS ONE GOLF ASSOCIATION TO BETTER SERVE ALL GOLFERS IN LOUISIANA

Lafayette, LA -- The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) and Louisiana Women’s Golf Association (LWGA) have announced that they will unify operations and programs of both associations with the goal of growing engagement among all golfers and clubs across Louisiana. Unification was approved by LWGA member clubs by a unanimous vote during the association’s general meeting, June 26, 2018, at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport. The unified organization will operate as the Louisiana Golf Association to serve as the USGA-designated Allied Golf Association for the state of Louisiana to foster stronger golf communities and improve the quality of services to golfers and golf clubs. The unification will bring consistency to statewide governance of the game and enhance member benefits and services for all golfers in the state.

"The LWGA, its officers, directors and members are excited about the unification with the LGA. We share a common goal of making golf the best it can be for all of us in Louisiana...and this initiative allows women golfers around the state the opportunity for an enhanced golf experience,” said LWGA President Sandra Smith. "We are grateful to the LGA for all it has done for us in the past and look forward to our future as one organization."

PHILLIP FRAZIER AND JAY SANDERS WIN LGA FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

July 22, 2018                Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Phillip Frazier and Jay Sanders of Baton Rouge fired a five-under par 67 on Sunday at the University Club in Baton Rouge to win the 35th Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke. Coupled with the low round of the Championship from Saturday (65), Frazier and Sanders finished at twelve-under par 132. The teams of Brandon Aydlett of Metairie and John Humphries of Woodworth and Zachary Barrios and Jacob Bergeron of Slidell finished tied for second, just one shot back at eleven-under par. Frazier and Sanders shot a 32 on the front 9 and a 35 on the back 9, and their final round 67 included seven birdies and two bogeys. Frazier and Sanders are both Mid-Amateur competitors, and they had to grind out a hard-fought win over younger competition. The Baton Rouge duo showcased what teamwork is all about, as Frazier contributed seven birdies and an eagle over the course of 36 holes, while Sanders provided six total birdies (they both birdied the par 5 3rd hole on Sunday). This is Frazier’s first LGA Championship, and Sanders, a recently reinstated amateur, has won a total of four LGA Championships dating back to 1987.  

Rounding out the top 5 are: 4.) Brandt Garon of Jackson and Eric Hoffman of Denham Springs (134), T5.) Anthony Alfonso and Brian Meaux of Baton Rouge (138), T5.) Grady Brame of Hammond and Tommy Brennan of Covington (138), T5.) Dennis Brown of Gonzales and Landon Covington of Denham Springs (138).

BRANDON AYDLETT WINS 99th LGA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Lafayette, Louisiana               June 10, 2018

Brandon Aydlett of Metairie fired a final round two-under par 70 on Sunday at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette to win the 99th LGA Amateur Championship by four strokes over Matt Weber of Scott. Aydlett shot rounds of 70-67-75-70 to finish at six-under par 282 for the Championship. Aydlett made three birdies on his front nine on Sunday (holes #2, #3, and #6), and the only blemish on his scorecard was a bogey at the signature par 3 9th hole. Aydlett bounced back after the bogey and played steady golf the remainder of the round, making nine consecutive pars to finish and secure the victory. Aydlett, a former golfer at LSU, won the LGA Mid-Amateur in 2015 at TPC Louisiana and now adds the prestigious LGA Amateur Championship trophy to his impressive resume. Aydlett said of this victory, “The Mid-Amateur was great to win, but this Championship is special and historic. It means a lot because it is the one that I have been pursuing and wanted for years. I’ll forever be a State Am champion and that’s something I’m very proud of.” Jack Tolson of Opelousas finished in third place and was the only other competitor to finish with a 72-hole score in red numbers (one-under par 287 for the Championship).