2018 LGA South West Ireland Trip




Congratulations to Derek Busby of Ruston, Louisiana on winning the 2017 Crane Cup Invitational at the Floridian Yacht & Golf Club in Palm City, Florida. Fellow Louisiana resident Patrick Christovich of New Orleans finished in second place.

Busby finished the 54-hole event at 11 under par, he shot a final-round 2-under-par, 69. Busby finished five strokes better than Christovich, who won the Crane Cup Invitational in 2013.

Busby shot a first round score of 9-under-par, 62, followed by a second round score of even par, 71.

The Crane Cup Invitational is an annual 54-hole Medal Play event consists of the top 81 Mid-Amateur and Senior-Amateur golfers from around the globe. Additional exemptions into the tournament are given to golfers who make the round of 16 at USGA Mid-Amateur, Quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Amateur, making match play at the US or British Amateur, qualifying for the US Open, top 3 finish at the Carlton Woods Invitational, Stocker Cup, The Coleman, George Thomas Invitational, and the Semi's at Crump Cup.


October 30, 2017 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) announced a partnership with the golf apparel club Short Par 4 on Monday.  LGA Members will be able to take advantage of a 50% discount on all Short Par 4 products, which is almost 100% off the retail price.  Short Par 4 is an expertly curated selection of golf fashion items that is delivered directly to customers’ doorstep.  There are three driving factors behind the company: passion for golf, love for fashion, and a desire to save money.  Short Par 4 is your “personal style caddie” and they invite golfers to “spend more time on the course, not in your closet.”  For $45 a month, Short Par 4 will hand-pick 2 to 3 items for you from a great selection of some of the top golf brands, like Travis Mathew, Under Armour, Calloway, Adidas, Puma, Oakley, and Johnnie-O (to name a few).  The LGA is pleased to be able to provide additional value-added benefits for its members, and utilizing the LGA Member discount makes your first box $22.50! A portion of the proceeds for every box purchased will be used to support Junior Golf initiatives spearheaded by the LGA.


October 26, 2017     Lafayette, La—The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to award its 2017 Player of the Year to Derek Busby of Ruston and 2017 Senior Player of the Year to Bob Cooper of Monroe.

Busby won in dominating fashion, amassing 365 total points.  Patrick Christovich of New Orleans finished runner-up in the Player of the Year standings with 235 points, and Bart Dornier of Metairie finished runner-up in the Senior Division with 155 points.  Busby had strong showings in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, and his crowning achievement for the 2017 Season was his victory at the 98th LGA Amateur Championship at The Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.  His four-round total of 272 (12 under par) at the State Amateur secured a four-stroke victory over runner-up Trey Winstead of Baton Rouge.  Busby began the year by qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with his partner, Bryan Vahlberg, where the duo took home medalist honors with a score of 61 at Contraband Bayou Golf Club in Lake Charles.  Busby and Vahlberg advanced to the Match Play portion of the championship proper at Pinehurst after two rounds of Four-Ball Stroke Play Qualifying, but they ultimately bowed out in the first round, losing in 19 holes. Busby capped his 2017 Championship season with another solid performance in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.  He qualified for the championship at Koasati Pines at Coushatta with a score of 69, once again taking home medalist honors.  Busby performed well at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, GA, and fired two rounds of 71 which put him in a tie for 15th place after Stroke Play Qualifying.  Busby’s opening round match was hard fought with his opponent Scott Gibson (Long Beach, CA), neither side had more than a two-hole advantage at any point, but Gibson won the match 1 up on the 18th hole. 


October 25, 2017     Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is currently accepting applications for its 2017 USGA P.J. Boatwright internship.  The successful candidate will work with all staff members at the LGA and will see golf administration from a number of perspectives.

“This position will provide a wide-ranging experience for an individual that is considering the possibility of a career in golf administration.  We have had a number of former interns move on to full-time positions in the industry, both at the LGA and other golf associations,” said LGA Assitant Executive Director Logan Ray.


October 18, 2017 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) announced its 2018 Championship Schedule on Wednesday.  The LGA will again conduct 12 Championships, in addition to 16 State Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifiers.  As in previous years, the LGA will conduct USGA Qualifiers (U.S. Open, Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur), and the LGA is adding both the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifiers to the slate.  The 2018 Championship Season kicks off in April at Beau Chene Country Club (Oak Course) in Mandeville, site of the popular LGA Club Team Championship.

The impressive 2018 Schedule is highlighted by the 99th LGA Amateur Championship (June 7-10) at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette and the LGA Mid-Amateur Championship (August 3-5) at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard.  The season concludes with the Junior River Cup Matches in Mississippi.  “We are excited about our 2018 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director and Director of Championship Operations Logan Ray.  “The 2018 schedule showcases facilities across the state of Louisiana that make an effort to give back to the game by hosting our Championships.  We sincerely appreciate their support and are looking forward to a fun and competitive 2018 Season at these excellent golf courses.”

Employment Opportunity - LGA Director of Championship Operations

We are curretnly accepting applications for our Director of Championship Operations.  Click here to view the official job posting.  The application deadline is November 17.  


Logan Ray Named Louisiana Golf Association Executive Director

October 4, 2017   Lafayette, LA                         

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) has named Logan Ray as the Association’s new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2018.

Ray has served as the LGA’s Assistant Executive Director for the past two years and has held the role of Director of Championship Operations since 2012.  Ray, 29, first joined the LGA as a USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern in 2011.  He will succeed Carr McCalla who, after over 22 years in the position, is preparing to step down.  McCalla will remain active with the LGA as a senior advisor.

“I am honored to be named the next Executive Director of the Louisiana Golf Association,” said Ray.  “This has been a goal of mine since I started my career with the LGA, and to see it to fruition is exciting.  It has been a privilege to learn the ropes from one of the best golf administrators in the country, Carr McCalla, and I am looking forward to leading our team and ensuring that the game in Louisiana remains strong and healthy in the years to come.”


Choudrant, LA     September 24, 2017 

Team Louisiana defeated Team Mississippi 30-10 in the 2017 Junior River Cup Matches at Squire Creek Country Club.  The best junior golfers in the Bayou State successfully defended the title won by the 2016 squad at Diamondhead Country Club in Mississippi to make it back-to-back victories.  Team Louisiana set the tone early and took a 6-4 lead after the Saturday morning Four-Ball matches, and they really turned it on in the afternoon Foursome matches, winning eight out of a possible ten points.  Team Louisiana's 14-6 lead after day one was comfortable, but with 20 points up for grabs in Sunday's singles matches, they needed to again play their best golf to secure the win.  Play their best golf is exactly what they did. Team Louisiana won 16 out of 20 singles matches, including a 4-0 sweep in the 12-13 year-old division.  "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 Squire Creek for the wonderful hospitality," said Louisiana Team Captain and LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.  

LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla Announces Retirement

September 1, 2017, Lafayette, LA                   

Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Executive Director Carr McCalla today announced that he will be stepping down at the end of 2017, completing over 22 years as head of the organization.

“This has sincerely been a labor of love.  I am tremendously fortunate to have been able to work with a number of great staff and Board members dedicated to improving benefits for all LGA individual members and member clubs,” said McCalla.  “It is certainly bittersweet for me but I am confident the organization will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of this wonderful game we all love so dearly.”

(e.g. State Amateur, GHIN, championships)

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