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Lafayette, Louisiana — October 22, 2016
Ken Buchan of Monroe fired a final round three-under par 69 to win the 27th LGA Senior Amateur Championship by one shot over Grady Brame of Hammond. Buchan started the day five shots back of Brame and after a roller coaster round, he had a three shot lead when they stepped on the 14th tee. Buchan had just birdied the par 5 13th hole but then proceeded to double bogey the par 4 14th, while Brame made a birdie. Both competitors made a par at the par 3 15th hole, and then Buchan made a stellar birdie on the 16th hole to take a one stroke lead. Brame and Buchan would go on to make par on the next two holes, giving Buchan his first LGA Championship victory. Buchan is originally from Scotland and played college golf at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He recently turned 50 in August making him eligible for the State Senior Amateur. Buchan was the only player to finish this year’s Championship under par after shooting rounds of 73-73-69 (one-under par 215). Brame finished runner up at even par 216.
Lafayette, LA October 17, 2016
Team Louisiana jumped out to a hot start and never relinquished their lead en route to a victory at the 2016 Junior River Cup, conducted last weekend at Diamondhead Country Club in Diamondhead Mississippi. Team Louisiana amassed 32 ½ out of a possible 40 points over the course of two days. Louisiana won the Saturday morning Four-Ball matches 10-0 and the afternoon Foursome matches 9 - 1, and took a 19 - 1 lead into Sunday’s single matches. Team Louisiana performed well again on Sunday, winning 13 ½ - 6 ½. This marked Louisiana’s first victory in the annual Ryder Cup style event against Mississippi that was established in 2011. LGA Assistant Executive Director and Louisiana Team Captain Logan Ray said, “I’m extremely proud of the way our team competed and represented our state with class. The kids had a blast and made some great memories. Junior golf in Louisiana continues to trend in the right direction, and we were able to showcase that… Thanks to Mississippi for the hospitality.”
Lafayette, Louisiana September 26, 2016
By Carr McCalla, Executive Director
I heard the news on my way to the gym this morning…..Arnold Palmer had passed away. I’m sure I’ll never forget the moment. I knew he wasn’t well, anyone who had seen him recently knew that in the last year or so he simply looked older and more tired than ever before. That said, it was still a shock, something that we hoped would never come to pass, even though we knew it was inevitable at some point in time.
Almost everyone has an ‘Arnold Palmer story.’ I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Palmer on a couple of occasions, once at his Bay Hill Club in Orlando. I was in Orlando for a USGA Rules of Golf meeting in 2004. After the meeting, Tom O’Toole (who was to become USGA President in 2014-2015), and I arranged to play at Bay Hill. About three or four holes into our round, we realized that a familiar face was playing in the group behind us……it was Arnie! We continued our round but I’ll have to confess, I couldn’t resist the urge to watch the group behind us at every opportunity. Arnie didn’t appear to be playing too well, but what was apparent is that he was having a wonderful time, out playing our great game with three of his friends.
When we reached the 18th tee, we had to wait for the fairway to clear before hitting our tee shots. As we were waiting, Mr. Palmer arrived on the 17th green and made a point to come visit with us briefly. He knew Tom and simply wanted to say hello and give us a hard time about the USGA’s penchant for setting the U.S. Open up so difficult for “all those years.”
September 25, 2016 — Lake Charles, Louisiana
Like the Tour Championship at East Lake, the 2016 LGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at Lake Charles Country Club needed a playoff on Sunday to determine a winner. Bob Cooper and Stan Humphries of Monroe started the day with a three shot lead over Bill Stevens and Doug Quienalty of Lake Charles. Both teams teed off in the final pairing of the day at 11:30 AM. Cooper and Humphries shot a 65 while Stevens and Quienalty fired a blistering 62, the low round of the Championship, and both teams were tied for the lead at 16-under par 128. A sudden death playoff commenced on the par 4 15th hole (425 yards), which was statistically the toughest hole of the Championship, boasting a scoring average of 4.63. Stevens made a 15 foot putt for par and Cooper and Humphries both missed birdie putts inside 20 feet. The par 3 16th hole was next, and it was playing 156 yards over water to a back right hole location. Humphries hit a 9-iron to about 8 feet, and drained to putt for birdie to win.
Cooper and Humphries both hail from Monroe, Louisiana and are members of Bayou DeSiard Country Club. This is Cooper’s fourth LGA Championship. He won the Senior Amateur in 2007 and 2010, and he captured the 2013 LGA Senior Four-Ball with partner Eddie Lyons of Shreveport. This is Humphries first LGA Championship, but he is no stranger to competition, and he thrived under the pressure this weekend. Humphries is a former NFL quarterback, having played for the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers from 1988-1997. His golf game has really developed in the last five years, and he has been a mainstay in the top 20 at the LGA Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur Championships. This wire-to-wire victory was a true team effort. In the first round, Humphries contributed six birdies and Cooper contributed three birdies en route to their nine-under par 63, and in Sunday’s final round, Humphries carded two birdies and Cooper had four birdies and an eagle at the par 5 7th.
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