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We wish the best of luck to the Louisianans and their partners competing in the USGA’s first-ever U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship this weekend, May 2-6, 2015 at San Francisco's venerable Olympic Club. Shreveport’s Sam Burns will team with Texan Austin Connelly to form a formidable duo. Burns and Connelly have played a number of AJGA and other junior events together and were one of three teams to earn exempt status into the Four-Ball Championship based on their World Amateur Golf Rankings. Burns, currently the top-ranked junior in the nation and the sixth ranked amateur golfer in the world, will enroll at LSU this coming fall. He captured the LGA Junior Amateur Championship in 2012 and advanced to the quarter-final round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club this past summer before he lost to then #1 ranked amateur golfer Oliver Schniederjans in extra holes. Connelly and Burns will play the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club on Saturday, May 2, teeing off at 7 AM and the famous Lake Course on Sunday, May 3, starting at 10:24 AM.
Also representing Louisiana will be Bret Pinson of Baton Rouge and Clay Pinson of St. Francisville who advanced to the Championship proper from the 18 hole sectional qualifier, which was conducted by the LGA at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville on March 28. The Pinson brothers bested 40 other teams to earn medalist honors and punch their ticket to San Francisco. They won the qualifier in dramatic fashion, firing a five-under par 67 that included a birdie-birdie finish on the challenging par 3 17th and the par 5 18th at The Bluffs. Although we don't know for certain, the Pinson brothers have to be one of the oldest teams competing in this event, with a combined team age of 100 years old. They will tee off at 1:12 PM on Saturday, May 2 on the Ocean Course and 9:48 AM on Sunday, May 3 on the Lake Course.
See Jordan Spieth and other Great Golfers at Crowne Plaza Invitational!
LGA Partners with RYDE for Discount on Shuttle to Colonial
If you have never watched a golf tournament at Colonial in Fort Worth, now is your chance!
Glide to the tournament in RYDE’s luxury motorcoaches, and put your worries about traffic, parking, and long shuttle lot lines behind you.
The Crowne Plaza Invitational, RYDE, and the LGA have partnered to make getting to the Colonial as enjoyable as possible. RYDE's air-conditioned, luxury motocoaches have Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a restroom, and lots of comfortable space. This is perfect for groups or indivduals heading down to the event, and the sign up is easy.
Click on the Shreveport pick-up location below for your seat reservation, and enjoy your roundtrip RYDE! Shuttle departs Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23.
We caught up with a few teammates of Oakbourne CC after the final day of play of the 27th LGA Club Team Championship at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville, LA.
April 26, 2015 St. Francisville, Louisiana
Oakbourne Country Club of Lafayette won the 2015 Louisiana Golf Association Club Team Championship in exciting and dramatic fashion on Sunday at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville. The six-man team from Acadiana was represented by Dustin Harris, Rober Merrill Jr., Robert Shelton, John Talley, B.C. Thibeaux, and Ben Thibeaux. Oakbourne was trailing the leaders in the clubhouse, Southern Trace Country Club of Shreveport, by five shots with only two of their members, Robert Merrill, Jr. and John Talley, remaining on the golf course. In the final pairing of the day, Merrill, Jr. carded a one-over par 73 and Talley carded an even par 72, good enough to give Oakbourne a 3 shot victory over Southern Trace. Oakbourne finished at two-under par 430, the only LGA Club Team to finish the Championship with a final total under par.
Here are 5 facts about golf that promote the sport and the environment as part of Earth Day April 22. Earth Week is April 20-24.
1. Golf courses are professionally managed landscapes where environmental stewardship is important – from using water and nutrients efficiently to implementing better methods of erosion control.
2. In general, the golf industry is striving to deliver firm and fast playing surfaces that are better for everyone and improve the bottom line. More than two-thirds of golf courses report that they are keeping turfgrass drier than in the past.
Lafayette, Louisiana April 13, 2015
For golf fans around the world, this historic weekend starts the major tournament season for golf. The year’s first major, The Masters, is considered by many to be the best golf tournament in the world. The beauty of the golf course, the military precision in which everything is executed, and the many memorable moments that have taken place at Augusta get every golfer excited to go out and play the game. That is no different here in Louisiana, and our first Championships of the season are quickly approaching, as well as the entry deadlines for those events.
April 1, 2015 – Lafayette, LA
The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) announced on Wednesday that Logan Ray, its Director of Championship Operations, has also been named as the organization’s Assistant Executive Director. Ray, who has served the organization since January of 2011, will retain the Director of Championship Operations title, but will take on additional administrative responsibilities as well.
Ray began his tenure with the LGA just over four years ago as the LGA’s USGA Boatwright intern, serving in that capacity for a year before taking on the newly-created position of Director of Championship Operations in January of 2012.
“We are pleased to have Logan take on this title and the additional responsibilities it entails as we continue to position our organization for the future. He has become, in a relatively short period of time, an integral part of our staff, continuing the legacy of honesty, integrity, and service to the game that we continue to strive to provide to our Member Clubs and individual members. The reality is that Logan has been, for all intents and purposes, serving in this capacity for over a year. We felt it only appropriate to make it official,” said LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla.