A Louisiana golf legend passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017. Jim Mangum, a three time LGA Amateur Champion, died while surrounded by his family early in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day. He won the LGA Amateur Championship in 1955 at Lake Charles Country Club, in 1959 at Oakbourne Country Club, and again in 1967 at Covington Country Club.  He also won the first ever LGA Senior 4-Ball Championship with Stanton Shuler in 1988 at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.  

Mangum was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1933.  After graduating from Byrd High School he went on to LSU where he earned degrees in Economics and Insurance.  While at LSU, Jim was a member of the 4 man golf team that brought home the 1955 National Championship. It was the university’s third Men’s Golf National Championship, and most recent until LSU won in 2015.  Jim married Barbara Hopkins in 1958.  They have 3 sons, Jim, Charles and John, a daughter, Debbie, and 10 grandchildren. Jim never lost his love for the game of golf, and he will be greatly missed.