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HANK SHAHEEN WINS LGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Broussard, Louisiana              August 5, 2018

The final round of the 27th LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club was full of drama. Brandon Aydlett of Metairie, James Fuselier of Laplace, and Hank Shaheen of Dequincy all finished the Championship tied for first at eight-under par 208 through 54 holes and had to compete in a sudden death playoff to determine a winner. The playoff commenced on the picturesque par 4 18th (430 yards). Shaheen had the best opportunity to close out the Championship with a four-foot birdie putt, but it burned the edge, and he settled for par. Aydlett also made par, while Fuselier narrowly missed his par putt and was eliminated. Aydlett and Shaheen would both make par the next two times they played the 18th hole. Before they were able to tee it up for a fourth time, a strong storm blew through Broussard, and play was suspended at 3:54 PM due to a dangerous situation. Although the Le Triomphe course drains exceptionally well, the 18th hole was not playable immediately after the storm passed. The Committee determined that the par 3 8th hole would be the setting for the playoff when play resumed at 5:00 PM.

DENNIS SMITH QUALIFIES FOR U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Broussard, LA — July 31, 2018

 

Dennis Smith of Lafayette fired a six-under par 66 on Tuesday at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard to earn medalist honors and qualify for the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. Smith, an LGA Member at Oakbourne Country Club, now advances to compete in the championship proper at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon, August 25-30. This is the first time Smith has qualified for a USGA Championship, and he did it in dominating fashion. Smith was the only competitor to finish under par, shooting a 33 on his front nine and a 33 on his back nine. Grady Brame of Hammond bested Doug Quienalty of Lake Charles in a sudden death playoff to become First Alternate after both competitors carded an even par 72 on Tuesday.

 

Smith’s 66 included one eagle, five birdies, and one bogey. He first two birdies came at the par 4 4th hole (402 yards) and the par 3 6th hole (180 yards). Smith was in the 7th fairway when play was suspended due to a dangerous situation at 9:22 AM. Once play resumed at 10:08 AM, Smith finished out the par 5 7th hole with a par. He made a birdie at the par 3 8th hole (165 yards) and then a par at the 9th hole to make the turn at three-under par. Smith showcased his incredible iron play by making another birdie at the par 3 11th hole (170 yards). His only stumble came with a bogey at the par 4 13th hole, but Smith quickly responded and regained momentum with an epic eagle at the par 5 14th (497 yards). Smith his tee shot in the fairway and then blasted a wood hole high on the left fringe. He chipped in for the eagle to get to five-under par for the day. Smith added one more birdie at the par 4 17th hole and cruised in with a solid par on hole #18.

CARR McCALLA NAMED AS LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

Lafayette, LA                          July 30, 2018

Recently retired Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Executive Director Carr McCalla has been named recipient of the Louisiana Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018. The award was initiated in 1984 by the LGA to honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the game in Louisiana.

McCalla, whose name has been synonymous with the LGA for the last two decades, retired as Executive Director at the end of 2017 after over 22 years of service, having arrived at the LGA in October of 1995. He continues to serve the organization part-time as Senior Advisor, working on projects and providing his services as needed.

LGA AND LWGA TO UNIFY AS ONE GOLF ASSOCIATION TO BETTER SERVE ALL GOLFERS IN LOUISIANA

Lafayette, LA -- The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) and Louisiana Women’s Golf Association (LWGA) have announced that they will unify operations and programs of both associations with the goal of growing engagement among all golfers and clubs across Louisiana. Unification was approved by LWGA member clubs by a unanimous vote during the association’s general meeting, June 26, 2018, at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport. The unified organization will operate as the Louisiana Golf Association to serve as the USGA-designated Allied Golf Association for the state of Louisiana to foster stronger golf communities and improve the quality of services to golfers and golf clubs. The unification will bring consistency to statewide governance of the game and enhance member benefits and services for all golfers in the state.

"The LWGA, its officers, directors and members are excited about the unification with the LGA. We share a common goal of making golf the best it can be for all of us in Louisiana...and this initiative allows women golfers around the state the opportunity for an enhanced golf experience,” said LWGA President Sandra Smith. "We are grateful to the LGA for all it has done for us in the past and look forward to our future as one organization."

PHILLIP FRAZIER AND JAY SANDERS WIN LGA FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

July 22, 2018                Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Phillip Frazier and Jay Sanders of Baton Rouge fired a five-under par 67 on Sunday at the University Club in Baton Rouge to win the 35th Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke. Coupled with the low round of the Championship from Saturday (65), Frazier and Sanders finished at twelve-under par 132. The teams of Brandon Aydlett of Metairie and John Humphries of Woodworth and Zachary Barrios and Jacob Bergeron of Slidell finished tied for second, just one shot back at eleven-under par. Frazier and Sanders shot a 32 on the front 9 and a 35 on the back 9, and their final round 67 included seven birdies and two bogeys. Frazier and Sanders are both Mid-Amateur competitors, and they had to grind out a hard-fought win over younger competition. The Baton Rouge duo showcased what teamwork is all about, as Frazier contributed seven birdies and an eagle over the course of 36 holes, while Sanders provided six total birdies (they both birdied the par 5 3rd hole on Sunday). This is Frazier’s first LGA Championship, and Sanders, a recently reinstated amateur, has won a total of four LGA Championships dating back to 1987.  

Rounding out the top 5 are: 4.) Brandt Garon of Jackson and Eric Hoffman of Denham Springs (134), T5.) Anthony Alfonso and Brian Meaux of Baton Rouge (138), T5.) Grady Brame of Hammond and Tommy Brennan of Covington (138), T5.) Dennis Brown of Gonzales and Landon Covington of Denham Springs (138).

BRANDON AYDLETT WINS 99th LGA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Lafayette, Louisiana               June 10, 2018

Brandon Aydlett of Metairie fired a final round two-under par 70 on Sunday at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette to win the 99th LGA Amateur Championship by four strokes over Matt Weber of Scott. Aydlett shot rounds of 70-67-75-70 to finish at six-under par 282 for the Championship. Aydlett made three birdies on his front nine on Sunday (holes #2, #3, and #6), and the only blemish on his scorecard was a bogey at the signature par 3 9th hole. Aydlett bounced back after the bogey and played steady golf the remainder of the round, making nine consecutive pars to finish and secure the victory. Aydlett, a former golfer at LSU, won the LGA Mid-Amateur in 2015 at TPC Louisiana and now adds the prestigious LGA Amateur Championship trophy to his impressive resume. Aydlett said of this victory, “The Mid-Amateur was great to win, but this Championship is special and historic. It means a lot because it is the one that I have been pursuing and wanted for years. I’ll forever be a State Am champion and that’s something I’m very proud of.” Jack Tolson of Opelousas finished in third place and was the only other competitor to finish with a 72-hole score in red numbers (one-under par 287 for the Championship).