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LOUISIANA TO BE REPRESENTED WELL AT INAUGURAL USGA 4-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Lafayette, Louisiana               February 23, 2015                       

The Lake Course at San Francisco’s venerable Olympic Club will host the USGA’s first-ever U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and Louisiana will be well represented.  Only three teams were exempt into the Championship and two have Louisiana ties.  Patrick Christovich of New Orleans will team with Canadian Garrett Rank and will no doubt be one of the favorites to capture the Championship.  Shreveport’s Sam Burns, until just this past week, was scheduled to team with Texan Austin Connelly as another exempt team.  Unfortunately, it appears that the Burns/Connolly duo will have to withdraw as Burns’ high school golf championships are scheduled to be conducted the same week as the Amateur Four-Ball Championship.  Christovich and Rank became friends competing against each other over the last number of years in national amateur events, while Burns and Connelly have played a number of AJGA and other junior events together.

DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Local Qualifying Opportunities Set for Third Year of
Free Youth Golf Development Initiative; Register at www.DriveChipandPutt.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. –The Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America today announced that qualifying registration is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

This free nationwide youth golf development initiative is open to boys and girls ages 7-15, competing in separate divisions in four age categories. In its third edition, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will open qualifying locations throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters. 

LGA ANNOUNCES HANDICAP SEMINAR SCHEDULE FOR 2015

January 22, 2015 - Lafayette, LA             

The Louisiana Golf Association on Thursday announced its schedule of USGA Handicap System Seminars for 2015.  The USGA requires all clubs that wish to provide approved USGA Handicap Indexes to their members to complete a licensing protocol once every four years.  As the organization that governs amateur golf in Louisiana, the LGA periodically schedules seminars in order that all Louisiana clubs might satisfy the requirement of attending a licensing seminar prior to the beginning of the next licensing window that begins January 1, 2016.

SAIKO TO SERVE AS 2015 LGA BOATWRIGHT INTERN

January 9, 2015 - Lafayette, LA

We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham Saiko as the 2015 USGA/LGA P.J. Boatwright Jr., Intern.  His responsibilities include assisting with office administration, championships, course rating, member services, and social media. 

Graham is from Evansville, Indiana and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management, while also studying general business.  He has been interested in golf from a young age, often accompanying his father to the local country club to watch and play.  After finishing his baseball career at the University of South Carolina, he began to play and consider a career in golf seriously.  After being involved in team sports throughout most of his life, he enjoys the fact that golf is a lifetime sport. This could be something he can help promote and share for many years to come. The life lessons the game teaches all of us such as patience, appreciation, focus, persistence, and most importantly, integrity, also helped draw him to a career in golf administration.  He looks forward to this opportunity working with the Louisiana Golf Association.

NGUYEN HIRED AS LGA'S DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

November 26, 2014 – Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Tuyen Nguyen as its Director of Member Services.  Nguyen, who is currently serving as the LGA’s USGA Boatwright intern, will assume his new position on January 1, 2015, and will have direct responsibility for handicapping, course rating, and information technology, as well as serving the organization in a number of other capacities.

“We are so fortunate to have Tuyen continue his service to the LGA and are excited to have him become a part of our full-time staff.  His tenure here as our USGA Boatwright intern has given us a great opportunity to see just how well he fits in with all of our various constituencies.  He has already developed relationships with many of our clubs and individual members, and, as a consequence, the transition to overseeing all of LGA’s member services areas should be a seamless one,” said LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla.

LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION WINS 2014 IAGA GOLD TEE AWARD

Lafayette, Louisiana — November 11, 2014

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce that it won the 2014 International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Gold Tee Award in the category of Communications/Marketing/PR/Branding.  This was the inaugural year of the IAGA Gold Tee Awards, which recognize member association achievements and best practices. LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla was on hand at the 48th annual IAGA conference in Bermuda, November 2-5, 2014 to accept the award.

TPP CLUB ONLINE - ADVANTAGES AND NEW ADDITIONS

The Louisiana Golf Association can provide each one of our member clubs access to the robust tournament management system known as TPP Club Online. This is an added value benefit of being a member club of the LGA, and the LGA offers it free of charge. TPP Club Online can handle all club needs and every type of event that clubs conduct, from large member-guest events to everyday scrambles, and everything in between. Because it is an online (web based) product, club officials can manage thier tournaments from any computer with access to the internet. The USGA and nearly 100 state and regional golf associations use TPP to run their championships. Contact us at 337-265-3938 if your LGA member club hasn't taken advantage of this excellent opportunity, and we can set it up in minutes. 

LGA ANNOUNCES 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

October 7, 2014 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association announced its 2015 Championship Schedule on TuesdayThe LGA will again conduct ten Championship and 16 qualifying events during 2015, beginning the last weekend in April with the Club Team Championship and concluding the last weekend in September with the Senior 4-Ball Championship.

“We are excited about our 2015 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our players an opportunity to play,” said LGA Director of Championship Operations Logan Ray.  “We continue to be appreciative to our Member Clubs that are willing to give back to the game by opening their doors to our Championships.”

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