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April 23, 2017             Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles Country Club can once again be declared the golf club with the best golfers in the state of Louisiana after taking the LGA Club Team Championship title at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at the L’auberge Casino Resort this weekend. The Lake Charles Country Club team successfully defended its 2016 LGA Club Team Championship in a dominant wire-to-wire victory, winning by fifteen strokes over Squirrel Run Golf Club #1 from New Iberia and Fennwood Hills Country Club from Zachary.  Lake Charles Country Club shot an even par 284 in Sunday’s individual stroke play final round, and coupled with their 15-under par 127 in Saturday’s 4-Ball round, they finished the Championship with an impressive 15-under par 411. Championship team members are: John Henry Faulk, Billy Gabbert, Robby Going, Doug Quienalty, Hank Shaheen, and golf professional Greg Sonnier.

Derek Busby & Bryan Vahlberg Win Medalist Honors at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier

April 17, 2017 — Lake Charles, LA

Derek Busby of Ruston, Louisiana and Bryan Vahlberg of Norman, Oklahoma fired a ten-under par 61 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier at Contraband Bayou Golf Club on Monday. This formidable duo now has national championship aspirations as they advance to the 3rd U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be conducted at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, May 27-31. Also qualifying are: Jake Kuwitzky of McKinney, Texas and Scott Roden of Dallas. Kuwitzky is 17 years old, and Roden is 15. These Junior golfers were not intimidated at all by the older competition. They showcased their game and posted a seven-under par 64.

The final qualifying team had to survive a three-team sudden death playoff to advance. Shane Humphries of Ridgeland, Mississippi and David Sinclair of Brandon, Mississippi birdied the second playoff hole to punch their ticket to Pinehurst. First alternates Jacob Huizinga and Joseph Hymel of Orlando, Florida made a par on the second playoff hole, while the second alternates Jeff Ingram and Randy Lee of Houston, Texas made a bogey. All three teams in the playoff shot a six-under par 65 for their stipulated round.


The following article was published by the USGA Communications Department.

Far Hills, NJ             March 30, 2017

The Club at Las Campanas, in Santa Fe, N.M., will host the final Women’s State Team in September

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the retirement of the Men’s State Team Championship and Women’s State Team Championship, following the completion of the 2017 competitions calendar.

“The USGA continually evaluates its championships and the way in which they are conducted,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The decision to discontinue the State Team Championships follows a thorough review and analysis, including consultation with representatives from state and regional golf associations.”

The USGA State Team Championships were first conducted in 1995 as part of the Association’s centennial celebration and were originally intended to be one-time only events. The championships, in which each state was represented by non-collegiate, amateur golfers, helped cap the USGA’s year-long festivities.

State and regional golf associations sent three-player male and female teams to compete in a stroke-play format similar to the World Amateur Team Championship, in which the best two scores of each state’s three competitors counted on each of the three days of competition. Due to its initial success, the championship continued on a biennial basis and eventually all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia competed.


The following press release is from the USGA and The R&A.

Far Hills, NJ and St. Andrews, Scotland                March 1, 2017

The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key USGA and R&A Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

“We are excited and encouraged by the potential this work brings, both through the proposed new Rules and the opportunities to use technology to deliver them,” said Thomas Pagel, senior director of Rules & Amateur Status for the USGA. “We look forward to an ongoing conversation with golfers during the feedback period in the months ahead.”


January 23, 2017             Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is pleased to announce a continued partnership with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Fore!Kids Foundation. This partnership between the governing body of amateur golf in Louisiana and the state’s only PGA TOUR event will serve to strengthen the game of golf in Louisiana.

The Zurich Classic will be played Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 at LGA Member Club TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. The 2017 tournament will feature a new and exclusive 2-Man Team Format. PGA TOUR players will team up and compete in two days of Foursome and two days of Four-Ball competition to determine this year's champion. The new team format has drawn widespread interest among TOUR members and already has resulted in several of high-profile commitments, including World No. 1 Jason Day with Rickie Fowler, and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose with Henrik Stenson, the Olympic gold and silver medalists, respectively.


Far Hills, NJ            December 8, 2016

The content of this article was written by USGA staff writers

The USGA and The R&A today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

“Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, said. “This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernization changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

David Rickman, executive director - Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernization initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”

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

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