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National Golf Day-Golf Beyond The Game

May 23, 2016  -  Lafayette, LA                   

May 18th marked National Golf Day in the United States.  The day was created nine years ago by a coalition of leading golf organizations; the USGA, PGA, LPGA, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).  The purpose was to highlight golf's impact on the country.  You might have seen other golf organizations and our social media posts about the impact golf has on our environment, economy, and the health benefits of playing.  There are a long list of interesting facts and figures compiled from the coalition’s work that touches on the game that both frustrates us and gives us joy.  This movement by these leading organizations in the United States brings great attention to our lawmakers, that golf has a great impact on all of us. 

Golf provides exercise and activity whether you are walking or riding in addition to keeping us thinking.  According to WEAREGOLF.ORG, "walking 18 holes is equal to a 3.5 mile run or a 5 mile walk.  It burns up to 2,000 calories and 10,000+ steps are taken during an 18 hole round."  Even if you choose not to walk or cannot physically walk nine (9) or 18 holes, golfers still receive some of these health benefits by taking a cart, when the golf course is mandating cart path only due to wet conditions.  These factoids in a world that has become very health conscious highlight that golf gives you some of the same benefits as going to the gym.  That said, we need to look deeper into what makes golf so important to us and our nation.

JACOB BERGERON, GREG BERTHELOT, AND PATRICK CHRISTOVICH WIN MEDALIST HONORS AT U.S. OPEN QUALIFIER

May 17, 2016 — St. Francisville, LA

It was a tough grind to get under par on Tuesday at the Bluffs on Thompson Creek, site of the 2016 U.S. Open Local Qualifier.  The Arnold Palmer designed course in St. Francisville, LA provided a stern test for competitors and yielded only six scores under par to a field of the top professional and amateur golfers in the region.  Three Louisianans shared low medalist honors after firing two-under par 70s.  Jacob Bergeron of Slidell, Greg Berthelot of Baton Rouge, and Patrick Christovich of New Orleans all advanced to a Sectional Qualifier and down the “Road to Oakmont” after carding the low round of the day.  All four of these competitors showcased their mental fortitude by battling the wet conditions and light rain throughout the morning.  Berthelot (2011) and Christovich (2012) are former LGA Amateur Champions, and Bergeron is an outstanding junior golfer committed to play collegiately at LSU.  If they make it through the next stage of Sectional Qualifying, they will compete in the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, June 16-19.

MIKE HYMEL WINS 2016 LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION NET AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

St. Francisville, Louisiana                    May 15, 2016

Mike Hymel of Hammond fired a two-under par 70 on Sunday to win the 2016 LGA Net Amateur Championship at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek by three shots over Dwight Prudhomme of Lafayette. Hymel showcased his consistent driving off the tee and ability to hit a high percentage of greens in regulation to win his second LGA Net Amateur Championship, the last coming in 2013 at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. Hymel started the final round with a one shot deficit behind Prudhomme, but he was able to distance himself from the field with the stellar round of 70, the lowest of the day.  Hymel is a member of Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond. He finished runner-up in the LGA Net Amateur at Carter Planation in 2014, and this year’s impressive performance solidifies his position as one of the best LGA Net Amateur players in the history of the event which has been conducted since 2000.  Hymel joins Al Wyche of Plain Dealing and Tom Pollock of Baton Rouge as the only two-time LGA Net Amateur Champions.

Open Letter to LGA Membership re: LGA/GHIN app issue

Lafayette, Louisiana               May 9, 2016

The Louisiana Golf Association sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the recent issues with our LGA/GHIN app.  As you might imagine, we were disappointed not only with the fact that the app went down, but also with the length of time it took to complete the update and have it available for distribution.  We have made our disappointment clear to GHIN (as have a host of other state and regional golf associations that utilize the GHIN product) and trust that these kind of issues will be the exception rather than the rule moving forward.

One of the ongoing challenges for GHIN is maintaining its current handicapping services technology while continuing to move forward with the building of a brand new product utilizing the cutting edge technology of the future.  We are excited to see where the new technology takes us but have made it clear that we cannot continue to have outages like we experienced the last couple of weeks with the current product.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time.  It has become apparent during the last couple of weeks that we have a much larger segment of our membership that utilize the LGA/GHIN app than we thought.  We have only had the app available for your use for two years and it’s been gratifying to see how many of our members have begun to use the LGA/GHIN app.

Again, thanks for your patience.  We trust your golf season is off to great start and that 2016 will be a wonderful golfing year for you.

LAKE CHARLES COUNTRY CLUB WINS 28TH LGA CLUB TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

April 24, 2016             Abita Springs, Louisiana

Lake Charles Country Club can officially be declared the golf club with the best golfers in the state of Louisiana after taking the LGA Club Team Championship title at Money Hill Golf & Country Club in Abita Springs this weekend.  Lake Charles CC went wire-to-wire to win the first LGA Club Team Championship in the club’s prestigious 97 year history.  The six man team of Billy Gabbert, Robby Going, Doug Quienalty, Hank Shaheen, Greg Sonnier, and Tyler Terry showcased the depth and caliber of players at Lake Charles CC, and they now have state bragging rights. Lake Charles CC shot a three-over par 291 in Sunday’s individual stroke play final round, and coupled with their 15-under par 129 in Saturday’s 4-Ball round, they finished at an impressive twelve-under par 420 to win by four strokes over runner-up and 2015 LGA Club Team Champions Oakbourne Country Club of Lafayette.

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