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August 19, 2016 Lafayette, LA
Due to the recent flooding, the 2016 LGA Senior Amateur will not be played in August. The Championship has been re-scheduled for October 20-22, 2016, and it will remain at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. Although the golf course has taken on a tremendous amount of water, we are confident that it will be in Championship condition and ready to host the Senior Amateur at that time. Also, re-scheduling this Championship will allow more time for those who were impacted by the flooding to be there for friends, family, and their communities during the recovery process.
Registration is currently available, and the entry deadline will now be extended until Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 PM CST.
By Carr McCalla, LGA Executive Director
I left Bowling Green, Kentucky around 9 AM and headed towards Columbus, Ohio, and the US Senior Open Championship. I was in Shreveport Friday and Saturday for the first two days of our Mid-Amateur Championship at Southern Trace CC, then left Sunday morning heading north. I stayed in Bowling Green last night so I’ve got about another 5-6 hours to Columbus today. I can’t wait to see Scioto CC….I’ve always loved Donald Ross courses so I’m really looking forward to seeing the routing on this old Ross gem. Dick Wilson (who designed Lafayette’s Oakbourne CC) did some work there as did Jack Nicklaus but it still has the Ross ‘bones.’ I’m sure there’ll be a lot of Nicklaus ‘stuff’ in the clubhouse as this is where the 18-time major winner grew up.
Got into Columbus around 6 PM and checked in to the hotel. I talked to John Luffey, one of our LGA Board members who is also working this week. He flies out of Monroe tomorrow morning and should be here early afternoon. Henri Wolbrette, a former LGA Board member now living in the North Carolina mountains, was to have arrived today but my understanding is that the Delta computer glitch has created a number of travel issues for some of our officials and, as a consequence, he also won’t get in until tomorrow. I hit the rack relatively early and hope to be able to sleep in somewhat tomorrow morning.
Shreveport, Louisiana - August 7, 2016
Robby McWilliams of Benton fired a four-under par 68 on Sunday at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport to win the 2016 Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship by four shots over Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. McWilliams shot 68 in all three rounds of competition to finish at 12-under par 204 for the Championship. This victory was especially sweet for McWilliams, who has finished runner-up in the LGA Mid-Amateur Championship four times previously. McWilliams was solid all week, in every aspect of his game, and he played incredible golf down the stretch, shooting a back nine 33 in Sunday’s final round. McWilliams made 16 birdies, 34 pars, and only 4 bogeys through 54 holes to claim his first LGA Championship.
McWilliams was exhausted after exerting himself for 54 holes to win, but he was content because he knew he had done everything he could to win, and played his game, and this time it all came together and worked in his favor. "It means a lot. Coming in 2nd place 4 times is a tough pill to swallow and it takes a lot to come out and do it some more. I worked on my short game, and that was the difference between then and now. I hit it the same but it's being able to get it up and down, making a few putts. It feels good. My goal was to have fun and enjoy the day, and I did that," McWilliams said after his round. McWilliams is 48, and although we can't confirm that he is the oldest LGA Mid-Amateur Champion ever, he certainly has to be close. He recently qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship to be held at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pennsylvania next month, and by virtue of his LGA Mid-Amateur victory, he secured a spot on Team Louisiana in the 2016 USGA State Team Championship, alongside Brandon Aydlett of Metairie and Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. The Men's State Team will be conducted at The Country Club of Birmingham in September, so McWilliams has a busy few months ahead, but his game is ready for the challenge.
Lafayette, LA August 1, 2016
It’s been over a decade since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans. And while the damage done to the city’s historic and iconic venues pales in comparison to the loss of life and impact on families in the city, golf will soon welcome another Championship caliber course at New Orleans’ City Park.
The tradition of golf at City Park dates back to 1902 and the 9-hole New Orleans Golf Club, one of only 80 courses in the nation at the time. For years the park was home to four unique courses but the floods and subsequent damage from the hurricane in 2005 fell far down the priority list with all the other issues the city faced during that time.
July 17, 2016 Westlake, Louisiana
John Justus of Baton Rouge and Donny Schmitt of Baton Rouge won the 2016 LGA Four-Ball Championship at The National Golf Club of Louisiana in dramatic fashion. Justus and Schmitt shot bookend 65s to finish the Championship at 14-under par 130, and were tied for first with two other teams Zak Barton (Sulphur) / Blake Dereese (Westlake) and Jason Kuperman (Shreveport) / Taylor Netherton (Shreveport) after 36 holes. An exciting sudden death playoff commenced, and Justus and Schmitt rose to the occasion to take home the title of best Amateur Four-Ball team in Louisiana. Justus and Schmitt are members of The Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.
The first playoff hole was the par 4 18th, and all three teams made par. Justus had a chance to win the playoff on #18, but he missed a 15 foot birdie putt by a few inches. The playoff continued to the par 5 17th, which was playing 494 yards on Sunday. Justus was out for redemption after missing the chance to end the playoff earlier. His partner hit his tee shot into the hazard to the right of the fairway, so Justus knew the pressure was on him to close it out. Justus hit a beautiful tee shot down the middle of the fairway and followed it up with a hybrid to reach the green in two, leaving himself a 25 foot downhill putt. His putt on #17 was longer than the one he had just missed on #18, but he drained it for an incredible eagle to secure the victory. Kuperman and Netherton both had good looks at birdie on the 17th, but Justus did not allow those to come to fruition.