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2014 Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur Champion, Philip Barbaree, Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana won the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Tournament of Champions at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, June 22-26, 2015. Playing on the resort's scenic and challenging Crosswater Course, the 72-hole tournament consisted of some of the top junior golfers across the nation, but Barbaree dominated the field with an impressive wire-to-wire victory.
Barbaree’s tournament total of 24-under-par 264 was three strokes better than 2012 LGA Junior Amateur Champion and Shreveport native Sam Burns’ total of 21-under-par from the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Barbaree played his first 66 holes bogey-free, finishing with an eagle, 24 birdies, 45 pars and 2 bogies. His rounds of 66, 68, 64, and 66 were good enough for a 14 stroke victory. Three of those four rounds were the lowest score of the day. This victory puts him in the top 10 of the Polo Junior Rankings, and it is sure to bolster his ranking in the crucial World Amateur Golf Rankings where he is currently 177th.
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.
We caught up with back-to-back Champion, Grady Brame, Jr. after the final day of play of the 96th LGA Amateur Championship at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, LA.
Monroe, Louisiana — June 14, 2015
Call it the "Battle on the Bayou," the "Duel at DeSiard," or whatever you'd like, but the 96th Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship was extraordinary. Sunday truly was a historic day at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe. Grady Brame, Jr. of Hammond fired a two-under par 70 on Sunday and successfully defended the title he won in 2014, becoming the first player since Buddy Short in 1969 and 1970 to win back-to-back Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championships. Brame, Jr. started the day at seven-under par (209), one shot back of 54 hole leader Blake Caldwell of Ponchatoula. It was a grueling battle between these two young golfers all day, and Brame, Jr. eventually grinded out the one stroke victory over Caldwell after several lead changes. Brame, Jr. finished the Championship at nine-under par 279.
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) member Eric Johnson reflects on his shepherd past as he prepares Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open
Lawrence, Kan. (June 16, 2015) -- On the verge of perhaps his biggest professional moment, Eric Johnson fondly recalls two relatives who helped prepare him for it.
Johnson serves as director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, which is the center of the golf universe this week. The golf course, located in University Place, Wash., is hosting the 115th U.S. Open. Johnson, 52, certainly has an employment history that paved his journey to something so special.
Lafayette, Louisiana June 8, 2015
Graham Saiko is the USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern for the Louisiana Golf Association. He visited Golf House, the USGA’s headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey, May 17-20, for the 2015 USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern Orientation. This gave him an opportunity to interact with USGA staff and other state and regional golf association interns from around the country. This is his synopsis of the trip.
Lafayette, Louisiana June 1, 2015
The 2015 LGA Junior Amateur Championship will be conducted at Carter Plantation in Springfield, LA, July 8-10. The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 5 PM. The Overall Championship will be conducted over 54 holes and is open to any Junior, age 10-17, wishing to compete for the Junior Amateur Championship. Age Group Championships, conducted over 36 holes, are also available for those players who wish to compete only against juniors their own age. Participants must choose to enter either the appropriate Age-Group Championship (36 holes tournament play, July 8-9) OR the Overall Championship (54 holes tournament play, July 8-10). Entries are open to any male, Louisiana resident (as of at least 90 days prior to the Championship) who is an amateur golfer (as defined by the USGA) and is a member of a LGA Member Club in good standing (2015 club and individual dues must be paid). Entrants must be 10 years of age by midnight, July 10, 2015, and cannot have reached their 18th birthday by midnight, July 10, 2015.
Lafayette, LA — May 26, 2015
The Louisiana Golf Association will conduct its 58th Junior Amateur Championship this year at Carter Plantation in Springfield, July 8-10, 2015. The competitive field of Louisiana Junior Golfers continues to grow in this Championship, and those who have played in this event in the past can attest to the first class manner in which this event is conducted. There are many benefits that Louisiana Junior Golfers obtain through their participation in the State Junior Amateur, some of which are highlighted in this article below:
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has re-evaluated PBE status awarded to state juniors this year and has increased PBE status for the Louisiana Junior Amateur to the following in 2015:
Champion Fully Exempt
Top 5 12 Performance Stars
Top 10 8 Performance Stars
Top 15 4 Performance Stars