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John Luffey has been named recipient of the Louisiana Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2014. The award was initiated in 1984 by the LGA to honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the game in Louisiana.
Luffey, an attorney from Monroe, has given back to the game in numerous ways both formally and informally. His involvement with the USGA began in 1996 when he was asked to serve on the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship committee, a committee he continues to serve. In 2001 he was asked to serve on the Board of the Louisiana Golf Association, serving as Vice-President from 2002-2004 and 2014-present, and as President of the organization from 2004-2008. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association, beginning his tenure there in 2008.
Lafayette, LA July 24, 2014
The entry deadline for the Inaugural U.S. Amateur 4-Ball Championships is Wednesday, August 6th at 5 PM EST. Players must register via the USGA’s website. Click here to apply to play. The Championship proper for the U.S. Amateur 4-Ball will be held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, May 2-6, 2015, and the Championship proper for the Women’s U.S. Amateur 4-Ball will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon, May 9-13, 2015. The entry fee is $125.
We caught up with Blain Patin and Darrell Lakvold after their coronation as the 2014 LGA Four-Ball champions!
Four teams entered the final round of the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship Sunday at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria tied for first place at seven-under par 65, but Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs and of Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge emerged victorious. Patin and Lakvold saved their best golf for the final round and fired the low round of the tournament, a nine-under par 63 to finish at fifteen-under par 129 for the Championship and win by two strokes over Chuck Spears of Pineville and Frank Brame of Alexandria.
Four teams fired a seven-under par 65 Saturday at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria and lead the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke heading into Sunday’s final round. Those four teams are: KP Miles of Pineville and Justin Lowe of Pineville, Billy Gabbert of Sulphur and Shane Fontenot of Lake Charles, Rod Baronet of Lecompte and Jay Branham of Alexandria, John Humphries of Woodworth and Jason Humphries of St. Amant. Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs and Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge are currently in sole possession of fifth place at five-under par 67.
The thirty-first annual Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship begins at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria. 32 teams from across the state will compete for the prestigious title presently held by Jack Abney of Slidell and Bill Caldwell III of Baton Rouge. Abney and Caldwell shot 16-under par 128 a year ago at Money Hill Golf & Country Club in Abita Springs. Felipe Del Solar of St. Francisville, who finished runner-up last year with Chris Perez of Baton Rouge, returns with a new partner this year, Chad Soileau of Ville Platte.
Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana and Brax McCarthy of Fort Worth, Texas fired a 36 hole total of six-under par 136 on Monday to win co-medalist honors at the USGA Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria. Burns and McCarthy will advance to the Championship proper at Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) in Johns Creek, Georgia to be held .
Philip Barbaree fired a final round 66 to become the 57th LGA Junior Amateur Champion. We caught up with him to discuss the round and what it feels like to become our champion.
Philip Barbaree of Shreveport fired a four-under par 66 to win the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur Championship by six strokes. Barbaree went wire-to-wire, leading after every round. His 54 hole total of nineteen-under par 197 is the best score ever posted in this Championship, which has been conducted since 1958. Barbaree eclipsed the old record of 204 by seven strokes. Triston Elston of Baton Rouge finished in 2nd place at thirteen-under par 203, and Drew Gonzales of Lafayette finished third at nine-under par 207.
Nicholas Arcement and Chance Queen claimed their age-group titles with respective scores of 146 and 141 (1 under-par). Check out Chance's thoughts after taking the crown!