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December 14, 2017  |  Lafayette, LA 


The venerable and historic Baton Rouge Country Club will host the 100th edition of the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Amateur Championship July 18-21, 2019.  Baton Rouge Country Club, established in 1916, is one of the founding members of the LGA and it is certainly fitting that the club will host the centennial edition of state’s most prestigious Amateur Championship.  Baton Rouge Country Club first hosted the Louisiana State Amateur in 1923 and has hosted the event a total of five times in all (1923, 1942, 1949, 1953, and 1968).  The 100th LGA Amateur in 2019 will mark the first time the LGA will conduct its marquee Championship at BRCC in 51 years (1968), an event won by Shirley Picard of Lafayette with a total of even par 288.  The 100th LGA Amateur Championship in Louisiana’s Capital City is sure to be a tremendous celebration of golf in the state, honoring the legacy and traditions of the past while setting the tone for a bright future.   


“We are truly honored to return to historic Baton Rouge Country Club,” said Logan Ray, LGA Assistant Executive Director.  “Bringing the 100th State Amateur to BRCC is a testament to the quality of the golf course and the longevity of the strong relationship the LGA has with the club.  We are excited to provide our players an opportunity to play this wonderful golf course and we look forward to history being made once again at this amazing venue.”


The following article was written and published by the USGA Communication Department.

Far Hills, NJ           December 5, 2017

The United States Golf Association today announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turfgrass transition project at Chambers Bay.

“The USGA is extremely grateful to owner Mike Keiser and Bandon Dunes, a trusted supporter of amateur golf, for agreeing to host the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball while this work occurs at Chambers Bay,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships and Governance. “We also acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay in undertaking this work.”

The ongoing turfgrass project, which will transition the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay from fescue to Poa annua grass, will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.


Lafayette, LA — November 29, 2017

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Samuel Crader as its Director of Championship Operations.  Sam will begin his tenure January 2, 2018 and will be directly responsible for conducting LGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers.  He will administer the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status for LGA Members and its Member Clubs, and he will serve the organization in a number of other capacities. 

“We are fortunate to have been able to hire such an upstanding candidate as Sam, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Louisiana,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.  “Sam’s knowledge and work ethic will be valuable assets to the LGA, and he’s the perfect fit for our organization.  In addition to his passion for the game and innovative approach to golf administration, we’re excited about the intangibles that he brings.  I’m confident he will thrive in his new role and enhance our competitions.”


Lafayette, LA  - November 28, 2017

Global Golf Post, a weekly, online-based national publication just announced their 2017 All-Amateur Team, which includes five (5) Louisiana golfers who were selected to their respective teams.  The publication breaks down male and female golfers into three different groups – Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior. Three Louisiana golfers were named to the First Team of their respective group, while two other golfers were named to the Second Team.

Former LSU golfer and current tour professional, Sam Burns (Shreveport) was a First Team Men’s Amateur team selection. Burns was selected based on his 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of Year award, great individual performance at this year’s NCAA Regional at The University Club (Baton Rouge) and making the cut in July at the Barbasol Championship, a PGA Tour event conducted in Alabama.


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 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.”

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.”

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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