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    Le Triomphe G&CC -- Site of the 2014 LGA Amateur Championship, June5-8

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    Carter Plantation -- Site of the 2014 LGA Net Amateur Championship, May 17-18

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    Squire Creek CC -- Site of the 2014 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship, August 1-3

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    The Island -- Site of the 2014 LGA Club Team Championship, May 3-4

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Drive, Chip, and Putt Contest to Expand in 2014

April 11, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- Nearly every golfer dreams of setting foot on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, but few are able to realize that dream. However, that dream can now become a reality for even the youngest of players. The USGA, in partnership with The Masters Tournament Foundation and the PGA of America, has announced that it will continue the Drive, Chip, and Putt contest for a second year. In addition, the event has been expanded to include qualifying venues in all 50 states - an estimated 50,000 hopefuls will compete in local qualifying.

The competition tests skills through a point-based system in each of the three golfing fundamentals. Individuals will register in three age divisions with separate categories for each gender. Only three participants will continue from each local qualifying site, where they will advance to sub-regional qualifying, regional qualifying, and ultimately the Drive, Chip, and Putt contest finals at Augusta National Golf Club on the eve of The Masters Tournament. The inaugural event showcased the skills of 88 golfers aged 9-15 under the watchful eyes of the likes of 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott and 2012 victor Bubba Watson.  

Christovich Joins Concession Cup Roster

April 7, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- New Orleans native Patrick Christovich has been named to the 2014 United States Concession Cup team. 2014 is the inaugural year for the event that pits teams of mid-amateurs, senior amateurs, and super-senior amateurs from the United States against Great Britain and Ireland in a three-day Ryder Cup style event. Christovich, though, is no stranger to high-level competition.

The current 4-time defending LGA Mid-Amateur Champion is accustomed to playing- and succeeding- at the highest levels of amateur golf. In addition to his Mid-Am laurels, Christovich took home the top prize in the 2012 LGA State Amateur Championship and finished runner-up in 2013. Furthermore, he has vied for national championships, having qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur and made it to the Round of 64 in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Additionally, Christovich ranks 214 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. It is his stellar competitive resume that garnered Christovich an invitation to the Concession Cup, he said, “I played well in a few events this winter and was fortunate enough to receive an invitation.” That may be an understatement: Christovich captured the 2013 Crane Cup in November and the 2014 National Senior-Junior Tournament in January with LGA legend Tommy Brennan. 

LGA Championship Season Rapidly Approaching

March 27, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- With spring officially upon us, the 2014 LGA championship season is just around the corner. Since 1920, the Louisiana Golf Association has sought to serve the state’s amateur golfers. Initially, this meant hosting one prestigious tournament: the Louisiana State Amateur Championship. Before long, a state Junior Amateur was added and attracted such champions as Hal Sutton and David Toms. Now, in 2014, the LGA will host 9 championships, 3 USGA Sectional Qualifiers, and will field a team for the Junior River Cup Matches – a Ryder Cup style competition amongst elite juniors in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

The Club Team Championship will lead off the season on May 3-4 at The Island in Plaquemine. The Club Team Championship is a way to foster camaraderie across LGA member clubs, and has grown to be a favorite of competitors across the state. It has also become a way for clubs to promote the competitive prowess of its membership and garner the reputation of having Louisiana’s best team of six golfers. Teams made up of 5 amateurs and 1 of the club’s professionals or 6 amateurs will compete in Four-Ball and individual stroke play to capture the travelling trophy, permanent club crystal trophy, and individual trophies. Additionally, the top three teams will receive gift certificates redeemable for merchandise at The Island. 

Le Triomphe to Host 95th LGA Amateur Championship

March 17, 2014 -- Broussard, LA -- For the first time since 1996, the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship will return to Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard, LA. The LGA’s marquee event has been conducted every year since the organization’s founding in 1920 in hopes of declaring a true state champion. Through the years, the “State Am,” as it is colloquially known, has attracted competitors of a refined caliber, several of whom have gone on to play on the PGA Tour. In the past this event has tested the skills of the likes of the legendary Hebert brothers - both winners of the PGA Championship, but both runners-up in the State Am.  Current Tour player Brian Bateman won the event once, with one other runner-up finish. Andrew Loupe, who earned his PGA Tour card last year, took home the trophy in 2009. 

Patrick Christovich of New Orleans, is the  four-time reigning LGA Mid-Amateur champion and 2012 State Amateur champion and exemplifies the type of player the event draws – one who is well versed in competitive golf and can withstand the pressures of such high stakes competition. Defending champion and current freshman golfer at LSU, Eric Ricard of Shreveport, will return to defend his title at the 95th edition of the LGA Amateur Championship. 

The Island Promises Great Competition, Excellent Conditions for LGA Club Team Championshp

February 20, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA – Louisiana Golf Association officials returned this week from a promising visit to The Island, the site of the 2014 LGA Club Team Championship. Located just minutes from Baton Rouge in Plaquemine, The Island is no stranger to LGA championship competition, having hosted the same tournament in 2001 and 2002. With play spanning May 3-4, each team consists of one of the club’s professionals and five club members or six club members.  Saturday’s play will consist of 4-Ball stroke play with the best two of three scores counting as the team’s score for the day.  On Sunday, it will be individual play with the best four of six scores counting.  With this format, a team can easily come from behind since four scores will count on Sunday as opposed to two on Saturday.  While only one team will walk away with the travelling trophy and engraved crystal, everyone can count on a renewed since of camaraderie amongst their teammates and with other LGA member clubs.

Barker Joins LGA as Director of Member Services

February 4th, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- Chad Barker has joined the Louisiana Golf Association as the Director of Member Services. He succeeds Lee Rainwater, who left in January to serve the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, NJ. Barker will be responsible for administering the LGA’s course rating and measurement efforts, the GHIN handicap system, website maintenance for the association’s online home (lgagolf.org), as well as assisting with tournament administration.

A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Chad is a 2013 graduate of Purdue University in Political Science. Having learned the game through caddying at his local country club, Chad received a Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. Better known as the Evans Scholarship, the program has grown to the largest privately funded scholarship organization in the United States and is funded by golfers throughout the country as well as by being the sole charitable beneficiary of the BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Fed Ex Cup race. Barker served as President of the Purdue University Evans Scholars Scholarship House, the fraternal living component of the Evans Scholarship and also served as Executive Vice President of the Evans Scholars National Committee.

2014 LGA CLUB TEAM, AMATEUR, AND NET AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY APPLICATIONS, ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1

January 31, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- Online registration and hard-copy entry applications will be available beginning February 1, 2014 for the first three events on the Louisiana Golf Association’s 2014 Championship schedule. The LGA annually conducts ten Championships, beginning in early May with the Club Team Championship and concluding in early October with the Senior Four-Ball Championship.
 
“We will once again continue our policy of sending $100 refunds (from the $225 entry fee) to individuals that don’t proceed past qualifying rounds play in both the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships” said Logan Ray, LGA Director of Championship Operations. “With the continuation of this policy and the attractive venues that we have scheduled this year, we anticipate strong entry numbers for all of our events. We look forward to providing LGA Championship competitors a first-rate Championship experience in 2014.”

NGUYEN TO SERVE AS 2014 LGA BOATWRIGHT INTERN

January 15, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- We are excited to welcome Mr. Tuyen Nguyen as the 2014 USGA/LGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern.  His responsibilities include assisting with office administration, championships, course rating, member services, and social media.

Tuyen is from New Orleans, LA and graduated from Louisiana State University in August of last year with a BS in Sports Administration and concentration in Sport Commerce, as well as a minor in Business.  He became interested in golf while in high school and grew his passion for the game from that point on.  While on the East Ascension High School golf team for four years, he learned the true meaning of golf: patience, appreciation, focus, persistence, and most importantly, integrity.   During the summer of 2013, he received his first opportunity to work in the golf industry at the University Club of Baton Rouge, LA and worked under Head Golf Professional Clayton Wood.  There, he learned the core values of working in the golf business and became interested in what other golf-related career opportunities were out there. During the fall of 2013, he completed an internship with the International Junior Golf Tour, where he assisted the tournament director with various tasks, such as marketing, promotions, course marking/set-up, and rules officiating. 

LGA INCREASES GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIPS

January 9, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- This year is sure to be an exciting one for the Louisiana Golf Association. The transition to GHIN handicapping services has recently been integrated and brings with it even more value added benefits for LGA members, including a LGA mobile app. Furthermore, there is an attractive slate of venues lined up for the 2014 LGA Championship Season, headlined by the Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard (June 5-8) and the Mid-Amateur Championship at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant (August 1-3). In addition to providing competitors a chance to play these wonderful golf courses, the LGA is pleased to announce the increase of awards and gift certificates for its 2014 Championships.



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