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Shreveport, Louisiana — May 20, 2017

Eddie Lyons of Shreveport fired a final round one-over par 73 at Southern Trace Country Club to win the 28th LGA Senior Amateur Championship by one shot over Bill Land of Lafayette. Lyons started the day with a two-shot lead over Land and never relinquished it. Lyons is a Shreveport native and Southern Trace Country Club member, and his local course knowledge served him well all week. He shot rounds of 75, 66, and 73 to finish at two-under par 214 for the Championship. This is Lyons’ second LGA Senior Amateur Championship, having won this event in 2003 at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles. He’s also finished runner-up twice in this event (2013 & 2014). Lyons and Land were the only two competitors to finish under par for the Championship.

To win at his home club in his hometown made this victory especially sweet for Lyons. Southern Trace has hosted a number of LGA Championships over the years, including the Amateur and Mid-Amateur; however, this is the first time the Arthur Hills designed track has hosted the State Senior Amateur. Lyons had this event circled on his calendar as soon as it was announced as a future site. Lyons said, “I was thrilled for the opportunity to play on my home course. It helps when you know what those four foot putts do. I putted well today and was able to hang on and grind out a victory.” For the 54-hole Championship, Lyons carded one eagle, ten birdies, thirty-four pars, eight bogeys, and one double bogey.


May 15, 2017 — Shreveport, LA

The “Road to Erin Hills” just got less crowded following the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Southern Trace Country Club on Monday. The Arthur Hills designed course in Shreveport provided a stern test for the top professional and amateur golfers in the region. Todd Rossetti of Sachse, Texas fired the low round of the day, a five-under par 67 (32/35), to win medalist honors. Also advancing to Sectional Qualifying are: Major Monzingo of Fort Worth, Texas, 2016 LGA Amateur Champion James Anstiss of Hammond, Louisiana, and Charles Neel White III of Austin, Texas.  If they make it through the next stage of Sectional Qualifying, they will compete in the 117th U.S. Open Championship to be conducted at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, June 15-18.

The U.S. Open Qualifier at Southern Trace was one of twenty-nine Qualifiers held in the United States on Monday. There were a total of 75 competitors at this Local Qualifier conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association. The Southern Trace course was set up to a par 72 at 7,062 yards. The course was in excellent condition, playing firm and fast with greens that rolled true and remained consistent throughout the day. The weather was sunny with temperatures rising to the low 80s by mid-afternoon with little to no breeze, making scoring conditions ideal.


April 23, 2017             Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles Country Club can once again be declared the golf club with the best golfers in the state of Louisiana after taking the LGA Club Team Championship title at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at the L’auberge Casino Resort this weekend. The Lake Charles Country Club team successfully defended its 2016 LGA Club Team Championship in a dominant wire-to-wire victory, winning by fifteen strokes over Squirrel Run Golf Club #1 from New Iberia and Fennwood Hills Country Club from Zachary.  Lake Charles Country Club shot an even par 284 in Sunday’s individual stroke play final round, and coupled with their 15-under par 127 in Saturday’s 4-Ball round, they finished the Championship with an impressive 15-under par 411. Championship team members are: John Henry Faulk, Billy Gabbert, Robby Going, Doug Quienalty, Hank Shaheen, and golf professional Greg Sonnier.

Derek Busby & Bryan Vahlberg Win Medalist Honors at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier

April 17, 2017     Lake Charles, LA

Derek Busby of Ruston, Louisiana and Bryan Vahlberg of Norman, Oklahoma fired a ten-under par 61 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier at Contraband Bayou Golf Club on Monday. This formidable duo now has national championship aspirations as they advance to the 3rd U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be conducted at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, May 27-31. Also qualifying are: Jake Kuwitzky of McKinney, Texas and Scott Roden of Dallas. Kuwitzky is 17 years old, and Roden is 15. These Junior golfers were not intimidated at all by the older competition. They showcased their game and posted a seven-under par 64.

The final qualifying team had to survive a three-team sudden death playoff to advance. Shane Humphries of Ridgeland, Mississippi and David Sinclair of Brandon, Mississippi birdied the second playoff hole to punch their ticket to Pinehurst. First alternates Jacob Huizinga and Joseph Hymel of Orlando, Florida made a par on the second playoff hole, while the second alternates Jeff Ingram and Randy Lee of Houston, Texas made a bogey. All three teams in the playoff shot a six-under par 65 for their stipulated round.

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

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