2018 USGA TM Player Profile


Rod Baronet Sets Record in Winning Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship












Alexandria, Louisiana             May 19, 2018

Rod Baronet of LeCompte fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday to set a Championship record and win the 2018 Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship by four shots over Benton’s Robby McWilliams.  Baronet followed up two consecutive 68s on the first two days to shoot 13-under par 203, besting the Championship record of 12-under par 204, previously set by Covington’s Tommy Brennan at Lake Charles Country Club in 2015. 



Lafayette, LA - May 15, 2018

Last week, the United States Golf Association welcomed 47 P.J. Boatwright Interns to their headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey for a two-day orientation to the Boatwright Program and the world of golf administration. Interns traveled from all over the United States to attend, including Louisiana Golf Association’s Boatwright Intern, Brandon Monrose.

The USGA established the P.J. Boatwright Jr. Internship Program in 1991, in memory of its long-time Director of Championships. The program is designed to give experience to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in golf administration, while assisting state and regional golf associations in the promotion of amateur golf on a short-term, entry level basis.

During the orientation, interns heard presentations from various departments of the USGA. The presentations covered topics such as Rules of Golf, Community Outreach, Course Rating, Agronomy, Partnerships, Marketing, Handicapping and more. They also had the opportunity to get into groups and solve a number of different case studies that the USGA provided and then gave feedback.


May 10, 2018 — Alexandria, LA

You had to ‘go low’ on Thursday at the Louisiana Local U.S. Open Qualifier in order to advance.  Shreveport’s Eric Ricard, Ben Suarez from DeRidder, LA, and Stuart Smallwood from Paris, TX, all fired six-under par 66s at Alexandria’s OakWing Golf Club and captured the three qualifying slots allotted to the Louisiana site.  All three players will advance to 36-hole Sectional Qualifying with qualifiers from the Sectional sites advancing to the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, NY, June 14-17.

Grady Brame, Jr., from Hammond, LA, and Chuck Spears from Pineville, LA, finished one shot behind with five-under par 67s.  Local golfer Spears made birdie on the third playoff hole to claim the first alternate spot, with Brame, Jr. settling for second alternate.


Fifth Year of Program to Feature Community Events Near USGA Championships

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.    May 8, 2018

As part of its ongoing efforts to grow the game within local golf communities, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced plans to celebrate the fifth year of its successful PLAY9TM program.

Since its debut in 2014, PLAY9 has focused on encouraging more people to play more golf, more often. The program aims to showcase the nine-hole round as an ideal solution for both avid golfers and newcomers alike to get out and play in a time-friendly and engaging way.

This year, in collaboration with its Allied Golf Association network, the USGA will host and invite local communities to participate in dedicated regional PLAY9 days each month, beginning on May 9.  Golfers can find a golf course in their community that offers a nine-hole rate at usga.org/play9. The course finder identifies nine-hole facilities as well as 18-hole golf courses that offer a nine-hole rate.

The following LGA Member Clubs will be hosting USGA PLAY9 events on the following dates:

July 26 - Calvert Crossing GC (Calhoun) - Member's ABCD 9-Hole Scramble

July 28 - Bayou Oaks at City Park - South Course (New Orleans) - Kids Play 9 for Free  With a Paying Adult

August 12 -  Bayou Oaks at City Park - South Course (New Orleans) - 9 and Wine Event

Continue to check the USGA's PLAY9 website for more dates and locations to be a part of playing 9 holes and having fun playing golf throughout Louisiana. 

2018 Zurich Classic Recap

Lafayette, LA        May 2, 2018

Last weekend was an incredible time for golf in the Big Easy, and the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans was a tremendous success. The team competition garnered the best golfers on the PGA Tour, with eight of the top 10 players in the world competing in the event. The introduction of walk up music to the tournament in the weekend rounds was certainly well received and created plenty of buzz. This year saw a format change and the foursome (alternate shot) rounds were on Friday and Sunday. That produced more drama both in terms of making or missing the cut and crowning a champion. Zurich Insurance contributed to the optimism surrounding this Championship by announcing a sponsorship renewal through 2026. The Louisiana Golf Association was pleased to be a part of this experience through our partnership with the Zurich Classic. Our presence was seen in the designated "FanFest" area, located to the left of the 18th fairway.

Fennwood Hills Country Club Wins LGA Club Team Championship


April 15, 2018                         Mandeville, Louisiana

Fennwood Hills Country Club of Zachary, Louisiana claims their first Club Team Championship in an impressive come from behind win. This is Fennwood Hills' first title since the event was created in 1989. Fennwood Hills Country Club finished in a tie for second with Squirrel Run in last year’s Club Team Championship, 15 strokes behind the Champions from Lake Charles Country Club. This year the Fennwood Hills Country Club team found themselves two strokes behind two-time defending champions Lake Charles Country Club after the First Round of play. However, they were able to rally together in tough conditions to edge out the defending champs and The Wetlands of Lafayette by just one stroke. Fennwood Hills Country Club fired a 4-under par 140 in the First Round and followed it up with a 6-over 150 for a two-round total of 290 2-over par. The Championship team members are: Dante Caldera, Brandt Garon, Jeremy Gautreaux, Eric Hoffman, Brad Jackson, and Jay Sanders.

(e.g. State Amateur, GHIN, championships)


29th LGA Senior Amateur


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