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2014 Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur Champion, Philip Barbaree, Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana won the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Tournament of Champions at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, June 22-26, 2015. Playing on the resort's scenic and challenging Crosswater Course, the 72-hole tournament consisted of some of the top junior golfers across the nation, but Barbaree dominated the field with an impressive wire-to-wire victory.
Barbaree’s tournament total of 24-under-par 264 was three strokes better than 2012 LGA Junior Amateur Champion and Shreveport native Sam Burns’ total of 21-under-par from the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Barbaree played his first 66 holes bogey-free, finishing with an eagle, 24 birdies, 45 pars and 2 bogies. His rounds of 66, 68, 64, and 66 were good enough for a 14 stroke victory. Three of those four rounds were the lowest score of the day. This victory puts him in the top 10 of the Polo Junior Rankings, and it is sure to bolster his ranking in the crucial World Amateur Golf Rankings where he is currently 177th.
Lafeyette, Louisiana June 22, 2015
The 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship entry deadlines are fast approaching. Because the qualifiers for this event are nationwide, and many other state and regional golf associations are not as fortunate as the LGA to able to conduct qualifiers in close proximity to the Championship proper (early Spring) due to cold weather, the registration deadline occurs the prior year. The 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship(s) entry deadline is August 5, 2015 at 5 PM EDT.
We caught up with back-to-back Champion, Grady Brame, Jr. after the final day of play of the 96th LGA Amateur Championship at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, LA.
Monroe, Louisiana — June 14, 2015
Call it the "Battle on the Bayou," the "Duel at DeSiard," or whatever you'd like, but the 96th Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship was extraordinary. Sunday truly was a historic day at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe. Grady Brame, Jr. of Hammond fired a two-under par 70 on Sunday and successfully defended the title he won in 2014, becoming the first player since Buddy Short in 1969 and 1970 to win back-to-back Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championships. Brame, Jr. started the day at seven-under par (209), one shot back of 54 hole leader Blake Caldwell of Ponchatoula. It was a grueling battle between these two young golfers all day, and Brame, Jr. eventually grinded out the one stroke victory over Caldwell after several lead changes. Brame, Jr. finished the Championship at nine-under par 279.