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February 20, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA – Louisiana Golf Association officials returned this week from a promising visit to The Island, the site of the 2014 LGA Club Team Championship. Located just minutes from Baton Rouge in Plaquemine, The Island is no stranger to LGA championship competition, having hosted the same tournament in 2001 and 2002. With play spanning May 3-4, each team consists of one of the club’s professionals and five club members or six club members. Saturday’s play will consist of 4-Ball stroke play with the best two of three scores counting as the team’s score for the day. On Sunday, it will be individual play with the best four of six scores counting. With this format, a team can easily come from behind since four scores will count on Sunday as opposed to two on Saturday. While only one team will walk away with the travelling trophy and engraved crystal, everyone can count on a renewed since of camaraderie amongst their teammates and with other LGA member clubs.
February 4th, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- Chad Barker has joined the Louisiana Golf Association as the Director of Member Services. He succeeds Lee Rainwater, who left in January to serve the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, NJ. Barker will be responsible for administering the LGA’s course rating and measurement efforts, the GHIN handicap system, website maintenance for the association’s online home (lgagolf.org), as well as assisting with tournament administration.
A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Chad is a 2013 graduate of Purdue University in Political Science. Having learned the game through caddying at his local country club, Chad received a Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. Better known as the Evans Scholarship, the program has grown to the largest privately funded scholarship organization in the United States and is funded by golfers throughout the country as well as by being the sole charitable beneficiary of the BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Fed Ex Cup race. Barker served as President of the Purdue University Evans Scholars Scholarship House, the fraternal living component of the Evans Scholarship and also served as Executive Vice President of the Evans Scholars National Committee.
2014 LGA CLUB TEAM, AMATEUR, AND NET AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY APPLICATIONS, ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1
January 31, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- Online registration and hard-copy entry applications will be available beginning February 1, 2014 for the first three events on the Louisiana Golf Association’s 2014 Championship schedule. The LGA annually conducts ten Championships, beginning in early May with the Club Team Championship and concluding in early October with the Senior Four-Ball Championship.
“We will once again continue our policy of sending $100 refunds (from the $225 entry fee) to individuals that don’t proceed past qualifying rounds play in both the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships” said Logan Ray, LGA Director of Championship Operations. “With the continuation of this policy and the attractive venues that we have scheduled this year, we anticipate strong entry numbers for all of our events. We look forward to providing LGA Championship competitors a first-rate Championship experience in 2014.”
January 15, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- We are excited to welcome Mr. Tuyen Nguyen as the 2014 USGA/LGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern. His responsibilities include assisting with office administration, championships, course rating, member services, and social media.
Tuyen is from New Orleans, LA and graduated from Louisiana State University in August of last year with a BS in Sports Administration and concentration in Sport Commerce, as well as a minor in Business. He became interested in golf while in high school and grew his passion for the game from that point on. While on the East Ascension High School golf team for four years, he learned the true meaning of golf: patience, appreciation, focus, persistence, and most importantly, integrity. During the summer of 2013, he received his first opportunity to work in the golf industry at the University Club of Baton Rouge, LA and worked under Head Golf Professional Clayton Wood. There, he learned the core values of working in the golf business and became interested in what other golf-related career opportunities were out there. During the fall of 2013, he completed an internship with the International Junior Golf Tour, where he assisted the tournament director with various tasks, such as marketing, promotions, course marking/set-up, and rules officiating.
January 9, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- This year is sure to be an exciting one for the Louisiana Golf Association. The transition to GHIN handicapping services has recently been integrated and brings with it even more value added benefits for LGA members, including a LGA mobile app. Furthermore, there is an attractive slate of venues lined up for the 2014 LGA Championship Season, headlined by the Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard (June 5-8) and the Mid-Amateur Championship at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant (August 1-3). In addition to providing competitors a chance to play these wonderful golf courses, the LGA is pleased to announce the increase of awards and gift certificates for its 2014 Championships.