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TOMMY BRENNAN LEADS 26th LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER SECOND ROUND PLAY

Lake Charles, Louisiana — August 28, 2015

Friday was “Moving Day” at the LGA Senior Amateur Championship and Tommy Brennan of Covington skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard after firing a seven-under par 65 at Lake Charles Country Club. Brennan’s 65 was the low round of the tournament so far by three strokes. He’s currently at seven under par 137 for the Championship and takes a three shot lead over Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge and Bill Stevens of Lake Charles into the final round. Sanchez and Stevens both shot a one-under par 71 on Friday and are four-under par for the Championship.

LGA ANNOUNCES HANDICAP SEMINAR FALL SCHEDULE FOR 2015

August 24, 2015 - Lafayette, LA             

The Louisiana Golf Association announced its schedule of USGA Handicap System Fall 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.

The LGA has already conducted five seminars in March and April, partnering with the USGA on the first seminar at East Ridge CC in Shreveport, with the other four conducted exclusively by the LGA at Oakbourne CC in Lafayette, Lake Charles CC in Lake Charles, The Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, and Bayou DeSiard CC in Monroe.

The Fall Schedule consist of three seminars:

BAYOU STATE GOLFER LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE NOW

The highly anticipated “Bayou State Golfer” license plates are now available for purchase. Identify yourself as a golfer from the great state of Louisiana and support Junior Golf and growth of the game initiatives that are spearheaded by the Louisiana Golf Association.

We encourage all Louisiana golfers to consider purchasing the plates now that they are available.  In addition to identifying yourself as a “Bayou State Golfer,” you’ll also be investing in our wonderful game in Louisiana. We look forward to seeing the “Bayou State Golfer” license plates proudly displayed on vehicles throughout the “Sportman’s Paradise” and abroad.

BRANDON AYDLETT WINS LGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

New Orleans, Louisiana                      August 9, 2015

Brandon Aydlett of Metairie shot an even par 72 Sunday to win the 24th Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship by one stroke over Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. This victory was especially sweet for Aydlett because it was achieved at his home club, TPC Louisiana in New Orleans, and because it was his first LGA Championship victory. He has come close to winning a number of times, including a runner-up finish last year after losing a six hole playoff at Squire Creek Country Club. Aydlett finished with a 54 hole total of four-under par 212.

It was an exciting finish that came down to the 54th hole. Aydlett and Christovich were in the final pairing of the day that teed off at 10:21 a.m. Christovich, a four-time LGA Mid-Amateur Champion, had a one stroke lead over Aydlett to start the day, and when the duo stepped on the 18th tee, they were tied for the lead at four-under par. Christovich had the honor and hit his tee shot in the lateral water hazard to the right of the fairway, leaving the door open for Aydlett to capitalize. Christovich did the same thing in the second round, but he was able to make par after proceeding under rule 26-1c, so Aydlett was not guaranteed a victory simply by making par. The 18th hole is a picturesque par 5 that was playing 548 yards on Sunday. Aydlett hit his tee shot in the fairway, laid up short of the green, hit his approach shot to within 15 feet. Christovich was on the green in 4, but he missed his par putt to the back left hole location and tapped in for bogey. Aydlett two putted for par to secure the victory.

INSIGHT ON USGA COURSE RATING TEAM

Lafayette, LA                           August 3, 2015

The USGA course Rating System, including Slope Rating, was implemented by the USGA on January 1, 1987.  This system addresses the problem of portability of handicaps by adjusting a player's handicap index according to the relative difficulty of the golf course being played. 

Here are the 10 basic rules for course rating teams:

CONGRATULATIONS PHILIP BARBAREE, 2015 U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPION

Former LGA Junior Amateur Champion, Philip Barbaree, 17, of Shreveport, took his game to new heights last weekend and won the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in dramatic fashion.  Barbaree defeated Andrew Orischak, 16, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in Saturday’s final match, matching the largest comeback in U.S. Junior Amateur Championship history.

Trailing 5 down with eight holes remaining, Barbaree managed to rally for a 37-hole win on the 7,366-yard, par-72 Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course. It was the most holes played in championship history since the USGA went to a 36-hole final 10 years ago.  In becoming the first Louisiana resident to win the U.S. Junior Amateur since Willie Wood (Lake Charles) in 1977, Barbaree matched Andy Hyeon Bo Shim’s comeback three years ago at the Golf Club of New Hampshire for the largest comeback in the event’s 68-year history.  Barbaree was ranked 59th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings entering the U.S. Junior, and his victory is sure to bolster his ranking substantially.

KELLY GIBSON NAMED AS LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

Lafayette, LA                                     July 22, 2015

New Orleans’ Kelly Gibson has been named recipient of the Louisiana Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2015.  The award was initiated in 1984 by the LGA to honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the game in Louisiana.

Gibson, whose name has been synonymous with the game in Louisiana for over 30 years, has given back to the game in numerous ways both formally and informally.  His many accolades in the game began as a member of the State Championship team at De La Salle High School in New Orleans in 1980.  After graduation from De La Salle in 1982, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, garnering Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 1986.  Gibson played in the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1983, 1984, and 1985.  Prior to turning professional, his amateur career culminated with the LGA Amateur Championship in the summer of 1986, winning that Championship by six shots at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville.

(e.g. State Amateur, GHIN, championship login)



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