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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.
Lafayette, LA July 22, 2015
New Orleans’ Kelly Gibson has been named recipient of the Louisiana Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2015. The award was initiated in 1984 by the LGA to honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the game in Louisiana.
Gibson, whose name has been synonymous with the game in Louisiana for over 30 years, has given back to the game in numerous ways both formally and informally. His many accolades in the game began as a member of the State Championship team at De La Salle High School in New Orleans in 1980. After graduation from De La Salle in 1982, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, garnering Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 1986. Gibson played in the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Prior to turning professional, his amateur career culminated with the LGA Amateur Championship in the summer of 1986, winning that Championship by six shots at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville.
July 19, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana
Brandon Aydlett of Metairie and Todd McPherson of New Orleans pulled off a comeback for the ages Sunday at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. They started the final round four shots back of the 18 hole leaders, and they fired a blistering nine-under par 63, the low round of the tournament, to win the 2015 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke over Billy Gabbert of Sulphur and Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles. Both members of the Championship team are members at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. Aydlett was the 2014 USGA State Team low medalist and McPherson is always a mainstay atop the leaderboard at LGA events. They were able to stave off the talented field of competitors in the popular 4-Ball format through their determination and teamwork. Their final total for the Championship was thirteen-under par 131.
Aydlett and McPherson started their round at 11:00 AM, an hour ahead of the final group of the day. McPherson got the team off to a solid start with a par at the par 4 1st hole. Aydlett, known for his ability to drive the ball far, took advantage of the par 5s all weekend at English Turn. He made his first birdie of the day at the par 5 2nd hole, which was playing 539 yards on Sunday. Aydlett made a par at the par 3 3rd hole, and both competitors made a par at the par 4 4th hole. McPherson made a birdie at the par 4 5th hole, and they both made par at the par 5 6th hole. The par 4 7th hole was where Aydlett and McPherson garnered momentum. Both team members made a birdie on #7, and McPherson followed that up with a birdie at the par 3 8th hole. Aydlett then added a birdie at the par 4 9th hole, and the hometown team made the turn at five-under par 31.
Springfield, LA — July 13, 2015
Eric Ricard of Shreveport and Philip Barbaree, Jr. of Shreveport fired a 36 hole total of seven-under par 137 on Monday to win co-medalist honors at the USGA Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Carter Plantation in Springfield. Ricard is the 2013 LGA Amateur Champion, and he was a member of the 2015 LSU National Championship team. Barbaree, the 2014 LGA Junior Amateur Champion is a rising Junior at Byrd High School and is committed to play collegiate golf at LSU. He recently won the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Both Ricard and Barbaree are playing excellent golf and will undoubtedly represent Louisiana well on the national stage. They advance to the Championship proper at Olympia Fields Country Club, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, to be held August 17-23, 2015.
Springfield, Louisiana July 10, 2015
Price Butcher of New Orleans fired bookend 68s to win the 2015 Louisiana Golf Association by four strokes. Butcher went wire-to-wire over 36 holes to claim his second LGA Junior Amateur Championship. He also won this event in 2013 at his home club TPC Louisiana. Butcher becomes the sixth player in the history of the Championship to win multiple times and only the third player to win twice in non-consecutive years. Butcher won by four strokes over runner-up finisher Logan Leary of Gonzales who fired a 69 on Friday at Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana.
Butcher started his round at 11:42 AM, with a one-shot lead and the honor in the final pairing of the day. He made three consecutive pars before making a bogey 6 at the par 5 4th hole. He bounced back with two consecutive pars, then dropped a crucial eagle at the par 5 7th hole, which was playing 502 yards on Friday. He made a par at the par 4 8th hole, then a birdie at the difficult par 4 9th hole, making the turn at two-under par 34.
Lafeyette, Louisiana June 22, 2015
The 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship entry deadlines are fast approaching. Because the qualifiers for this event are nationwide, and many other state and regional golf associations are not as fortunate as the LGA to able to conduct qualifiers in close proximity to the Championship proper (early Spring) due to cold weather, the registration deadline occurs the prior year. The 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship(s) entry deadline is August 5, 2015 at 5 PM EDT.