January 24, 2012 — Lafayette, LA — The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce its 2012 Championships Schedule. The LGA will again host nine championships starting with the Club Team Championship in late April and finishing with the Senior Four-Ball Championship in mid-September.
The season will be headlined by the 93rd Amateur Championship at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. Site of the PGA Tour’s annual Zurich Classic, the TPC Louisiana track is hosting this championship for the second time in six years, having also served as the Championship venue in 2007. The Pete Dye-design is also scheduled to host the 2013 LGA Junior Amateur and 2015 LGA Mid-Amateur.
Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, just east of Ruston, will be ready to challenge the best 25 years of age and older players in the 2012 Mid-Amateur Championship. Designed by Tom Fazio, Squire Creek has been ranked as either the No. 1 or No. 2 course in Louisiana by Golf Digest since the facility opened in the early 2000s.
The year will kick off in late-April with Koasati Pines in Kinder hosting the Club Team Championship. Having hosted the LGA’s Amateur Championship in 2010 and its Four-Ball Championship last year, players should be familiar with this challenging, yet fun track. The extremely popular Ryder Cup event will pit six man teams from LGA member clubs against each other over two days. Saturday will consist of Four-Ball play concluding with individual stroke play on Sunday. In May,we will again head to Baton Rouge’s Santa Maria Golf Club for the Net Amateur and Net Club Team Championships, the only LGA Championships conducted under a ‘net’ format.The 2011 event again had a strong field and it is anticipated that this year’s event will continue to show growth. Santa Maria will host this championship for the fifth consecutive year.
After the Amateur at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans, we head to the middle of the state and Links on the Bayou in Alexandria for the Junior Amateur Championship in mid-July.This will be the first LGA Championship conducted at this facility owned by the city of Alexandria. Later that month, we head back to Baton Rouge’s University Club for the Four-Ball Championship. Recently renovated by David Toms and fellow Shreveport resident Jim Lipe, and having served as host to the LGA’s 2011 Senior Amateur, the University Club has drawn rave reviews for its challenging layout. After the Mid-Amateur in early-August, we conclude the month with the best seniors in the state taking on another Lipe design, OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria.The season concludes in mid-September as we welcome LeTriomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard back to the championship rotation for the first time in 12 years as they host the Senior Four-Ball Championship.
Qualifiers will again be held for the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships. Eight sites around the state will be conducting sectional qualifiers for these championships for those who are not exempt. All LGA Championships are open to members of LGA member clubs.