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Lafayette, LA — May 26, 2015
The Louisiana Golf Association will conduct its 58th Junior Amateur Championship this year at Carter Plantation in Springfield, July 8-10, 2015. The competitive field of Louisiana Junior Golfers continues to grow in this Championship, and those who have played in this event in the past can attest to the first class manner in which this event is conducted. There are many benefits that Louisiana Junior Golfers obtain through their participation in the State Junior Amateur, some of which are highlighted in this article below:
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has re-evaluated PBE status awarded to state juniors this year and has increased PBE status for the Louisiana Junior Amateur to the following in 2015:
Champion Fully Exempt
Top 5 12 Performance Stars
Top 10 8 Performance Stars
Top 15 4 Performance Stars
We caught up with Richard Broussard, our 2015 LGA Net Amateur Champion, after the final day of play at Koasati Pines at Coushatta.
Kinder, Louisiana May 17, 2015
Richard Broussard of Lafayette fired a three-under par 68 on Sunday to win the 2015 LGA Net Amateur Championship at Koasati Pines at Coushatta by five shots over Scott Brady of Baton Rouge. Broussard started the final round with a one shot lead, but was able to distance himself from the field with another excellent round on Sunday. Broussard is a member of Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, and this victory comes in his first time competing in the LGA Net Amateur Championship. Broussard’s 134 total (66/68) was the lowest 36 hole total in LGA Net Amateur Championship history.
As previously mentioned, this year’s event was held at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana. The Koasati Pines golf course was in superb condition for this championship, especially the greens, which were rolling true and fast over the weekend. The course played to a par of 71 at approximately 6,450 yards. Sunday’s play was again conducted in nice weather, with temperatures in the low 80’s, but wind was a factor and competitors had to battle occasional gusts most of the day on this open resort course. Koasati Pines, which hosted a U.S. Open Local Qualifier conducted by the LGA on Thursday, proved to be an extremely popular venue for the LGA Net Amateur competitors.
May 14, 2015 — Kinder, LA
Three Louisianans shared medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana on Thursday. Myles Lewis of New Orleans, Clayton Rotz of Baton Rouge, and Brian Rowell of Broussard all fired a four-under par 67 to advance to the Sectional Qualifying round. If they make it through the next stage of Sectional Qualifying, they will compete in the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, June 15-21, 2015.
Shreveport’s Sam Burns and teammate Austin Connelly made it to the semi-finals of the inaugural USGA Amateur 4-Ball Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. They fell to U.S. Walker Cuppers Nathan Smith and Todd White on Wednesday morning in semi-final round play. Smith and White went on the claim the title Wednesday afternoon.
In the two rounds of stroke play qualifying, Burns and Connelly fired back-to-back 66’s, carding 5 birdies and a bogey in each round. Their 36-hole total of 132 was good enough to earn them the second seed going into the match-play format of the competition.
Stroke play qualifying reduced the field to the low 32 teams, with the round of 32 matches taking place Monday, May 4. Burns and Connolly dispatched the 31st seeded team of Jacob Huizinga and William Wrigley 3 & 2. The following day, Burns and Connelly kept their hot streak rolling with a 3 & 1 victory over Don Walsworth and Jon Troutman in the round of 16. Their match was a thrilling one with eleven different holes being won outright. They continued their run of exceptional golf by winning their quarterfinal match 2 & 1, setting up the epic semifinal match with Smith and White.