2018 LGA South West Ireland Trip



Choudrant, Louisiana — September 21, 2017

Louisiana will host the 2017 Junior River Cup matches this Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.  This is the seventh edition of the event that pits the best junior golfers in Louisiana against the best junior golfers in Mississippi.  The Junior River Cup Matches, named for the Mississippi River that divides the two states, is a Ryder Cup style event that always provides a fun and competitive atmosphere.  On Saturday morning, September 23, competitors will play Four-Ball matches and Saturday afternoon, they will square off in Foursome matches.  Singles matches will take place on Sunday.  Each Four-Ball, Foursome, and Singles match will be worth one point each, and a halved match will result in ½ point awarded to each side.  In all, 40 points are up for grabs in the competition.  The first team to reach 20 ½ points wins the Junior River Cup.  Should the matches end in a 20-20 tie, Louisiana would retain The Cup, after having won it in 2016 at Diamondhead Country Club in Mississippi.

There will be a dinner honoring team members Saturday night at the Squire Creek Country Club clubhouse.  Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver will be the guest speaker.  At this dinner, the captains from Team Louisiana, LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray, and Team Mississippi, MGA Executive Director Margo Coleman, will select which competitors will play each other in Sunday’s singles matches.  Captains will alternate first pick of a starting time and then the opposing captain will strategically put a player from their team to play against the opposing player in that pairing.  Competitors are excited for these matches as they get to play the best competition in the area in an exciting format.


September 17, 2017 — Patterson, Louisiana

Page Breaux of St. Gabriel and Bill Land of Lafayette fired a nine-under par 63 on Sunday to win the 2017 LGA Senior Four-Ball Championship by seven strokes over Kevin Morvant of Houma and Chad Soileau of Ville Platte.  This is the second LGA Senior Four-Ball Championship for Breaux and Land, although in their previous victories they each had a different partner.  Breaux and Land finished with a 36-hole total of seventeen-under par 127, which is the second-lowest score in LGA Senior Four-Ball history, and they now hold the largest margin of victory record at seven shots.  For the weekend, Breaux and Land carded 18 birdies, 17 pars, and one bogey.  They par 3s at six-under par, the par 4s at eight-under par, and the par 5s at three-under par.


Kinder, LA          September 11, 2017

Derek Busby of Ruston, Louisiana fired a three-under par 69 on Monday to win medalist honors at the USGA Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder.  Busby is the reigning LGA Amateur Champion, and he plans to make some noise at this year's U.S. Mid-Am, after falling in the Round of 16 last year.  Bryan Mitchell of Katy, Texas claimed the second qualifying spot with a one-under par 71.  Busby and Mitchell were the only two competitors to finish the Qualifier under par.  They advance to the Championship proper, to be conducted at the Tom Fazio designed Capital City Club (Crabapple Course) in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-12.  The Crabapple Course opened in 2002, and this will be its first USGA Championship.  The stroke-play co-host venue is Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton, Georgia.   Preston Smith of Shreveport is the first alternate, and Wiggins Edrington of New Orleans is the second alternate.  Click here to view complete qualifying results.


Kinder, Louisiana                    September 10, 2017

Chad Belanger of Zachary fired a two-under par 69 on Sunday to win the 2017 LGA Net Amateur Championship at Koasati Pines at Coushatta by four shots over Ken Alexander of Lafayette.  This was Belanger’s first time to compete in an LGA Championship, but he played like a seasoned veteran to win the tournament wire-to-wire.  Belanger was tied for the lead with Alexander after both players carded a four-under par 67 on Saturday, but Belanger distanced himself from the rest of the field with his stellar play in the final round.  He was the only player to finish under par in both rounds of competition, and his total of six-under par 136 is tied for second lowest score all time in the LGA Net Amateur.  Belanger is a member of Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary.

LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla Announces Retirement

September 1, 2017, Lafayette, LA                   

Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Executive Director Carr McCalla today announced that he will be stepping down at the end of 2017, completing over 22 years as head of the organization.

“This has sincerely been a labor of love.  I am tremendously fortunate to have been able to work with a number of great staff and Board members dedicated to improving benefits for all LGA individual members and member clubs,” said McCalla.  “It is certainly bittersweet for me but I am confident the organization will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of this wonderful game we all love so dearly.”

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

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