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March 28, 2015 — St. Francisville, LA
Bret Pinson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Clay Pinson of St. Francisville, Louisiana fired a five-under par 67 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier at The Bluffs Golf Resort on Saturday. The Pinson brothers will advance directly to the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be conducted at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, May 2-6, 2015. Patrick Bailey and Seth Thornton, both from Houston, Texas, also qualified for the Championship proper after shooting a four-under par 68. Brandon Aydlett of Metairie, Louisiana and Todd McPherson of New Orleans, Louisiana are the first alternates, and Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana are the second alternates.
Lafayette, Louisiana March 23, 2015
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is working towards final approval for the “Louisiana Golfer” license plates that will hopefully be available for purchase by mid-year 2015. A process that began with the LGA office having conversations with Louisiana State Representative Stuart Bishop of Lafayette almost two years ago, is finally culminating in the production of plates that will identify the owner as a “Bayou State Golfer.”
Lafayette, Louisiana March 16, 2015
You know that the Louisiana Golf Association Championship season is about to start when The Masters is officially less than a month away, and we cannot get a day of sun with the spring rains coming early. Here at the LGA offices we know all of our golfers are out practicing on their games for the upcoming season. If this isn’t you, it needs to be. The USGA Men’s Four-Ball Qualifier at the Bluffs GR is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, with the two top teams advancing to the Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco later this spring. The first official LGA Championship of the season is the Club Team Championship at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Scheduled for April 25-26, this is a fun event matching six-man teams from LGA member clubs competing in four-ball play on Saturday and individual stroke play on Sunday. Entry deadline for this event is April 14.
Lafayette, Louisiana March 10, 2015
The game of golf teaches an individual many things and sticks with a person throughout their entire lives. When we pause and think about what this game has taught us, we marvel at how learning the game affects us each and every day.
Patience - Everyone that has played golf, knows how it feels when a ball heads into the water or woods. No matter if you are a scratch player or a 20 handicapper, there are always frustrating moments in golf. Whether you are waiting for others to finish play in front of you or going from playing great to, "What is going on here," it can come and go in an instant. The patient golfers are the ones who learn to simply enjoy the game and move on to the next shot.
Lafayette, Louisiana March 3, 2015
As we begin the month of March and the weather gets consistently warmer here in Louisiana and around the country, the game of golf becomes more encapsulated in the minds of its patrons and participants. Spring is the time when many dust off their golf clubs and “hit the links.” Spring is also the season for one of the most revered golf tournaments in the world, the Masters. Perhaps no other golf tournament captures as much attention as the Masters. The hallowed and historic grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club with its pristine golf course, blooming azaleas, and amazing atmosphere make it a top destination for golf fans every April and must see TV. One Louisianan gets to make the pilgrimage to Augusta National Golf Club this year, not just as a fan, but as a participant. Abbey Daniel of Covington earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the second annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals, to be played on Sunday, April 5, 2015, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament.
Lafayette, Louisiana February 23, 2015
The Lake Course at San Francisco’s venerable Olympic Club will host the USGA’s first-ever U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and Louisiana will be well represented. Only three teams were exempt into the Championship and two have Louisiana ties. Patrick Christovich of New Orleans will team with Canadian Garrett Rank and will no doubt be one of the favorites to capture the Championship. Shreveport’s Sam Burns, until just this past week, was scheduled to team with Texan Austin Connelly as another exempt team. Unfortunately, it appears that the Burns/Connolly duo will have to withdraw as Burns’ high school golf championships are scheduled to be conducted the same week as the Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Christovich and Rank became friends competing against each other over the last number of years in national amateur events, while Burns and Connelly have played a number of AJGA and other junior events together.
Local Qualifying Opportunities Set for Third Year of
Free Youth Golf Development Initiative; Register at www.DriveChipandPutt.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. –The Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America today announced that qualifying registration is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
This free nationwide youth golf development initiative is open to boys and girls ages 7-15, competing in separate divisions in four age categories. In its third edition, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will open qualifying locations throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.
January 22, 2015 - Lafayette, LA
The Louisiana Golf Association on Thursday announced its schedule of USGA Handicap System 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.
January 9, 2015 - Lafayette, LA
We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham Saiko as the 2015 USGA/LGA P.J. Boatwright Jr., Intern. His responsibilities include assisting with office administration, championships, course rating, member services, and social media.
Graham is from Evansville, Indiana and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management, while also studying general business. He has been interested in golf from a young age, often accompanying his father to the local country club to watch and play. After finishing his baseball career at the University of South Carolina, he began to play and consider a career in golf seriously. After being involved in team sports throughout most of his life, he enjoys the fact that golf is a lifetime sport. This could be something he can help promote and share for many years to come. The life lessons the game teaches all of us such as patience, appreciation, focus, persistence, and most importantly, integrity, also helped draw him to a career in golf administration. He looks forward to this opportunity working with the Louisiana Golf Association.