June 10, 2012 — New Orleans, LA — Patrick Christovich of New Orleans shot a three-under par 69 on Sunday to win the 93rd edition of the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship by five shots over Brandt Garon of Baton Rouge and Brandon Aydlett of Metairie. Christovich, the reigning two-time LGA Mid-Amateur Champion, has established himself as one of the top amateur golfers in the state, and now he has the coveted Amateur Championship that has eluded him in years past.
For the first time since 1989, the Amateur Championship was shortened to 54 holes due to poor weather conditions. There were a total of eight weather delays in four days, and play that was suspended Saturday resumed at 8:00 AM Sunday morning. The rains continued to pound TPC Louisiana throughout the morning and afternoon as players who made the cut tried to finish their third round of play. Play was finally suspended for good at 2:30 PM Sunday.
Christovich started the third round with a one shot lead over Garon, but quickly widened the gap with a birdie on the first hole. Christovich played steady golf, making par on the next seven holes. After a bogey on #9, Christovich made the turn at even par for the round. He would go on to birdie the par 5 11th hole and the par 4 13th, giving him a comfortable lead. Another impressive birdie on the par 3 17th and a par on 18 brought Christovich to 8 under for the tournament (208).
The low round of the day went to Travis Wilmore of Alexandria who shot a 68, carding 5 birdies. Wilmore finished tied for fourth place with Myles Lewis of New Orleans at 2-under par 214. Rounding out the top ten finishers were: Andrew Noto of Luling (T6/215), T.C. Ford of Mandeville (T6/215), Ben Adams of Baton Rouge (T8/217), Steve Luminais, Jr. of Reserve (T8/217), and Grady Brame, Jr. of Hammond (T8/217).
Under par rounds on Sunday were turned in by Wilmore (68), Christovich (69), Noto (70), and Tim Dahlberg of Mandeville (70). Several players carded 71, including; Adams, Aydlett, Peter D’Arcy of Shreveport, Matt Smith of Lafayette, Ford , Jack Lempke of Ruston, and Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs.
TPC Louisiana, Pete Dye-design in New Orleans, played to a par of 72 at approximately 6,900 yards on Sunday. The site of the only PGA Tour event in Louisiana, the course withstood the torrential downpours and drained exceptionally well to allow the Championship to get in 54 holes. The course, especially the greens, continued to draw rave reviews from this field of the top amateur players in the state.
The 2013 Amateur Championship will be held at Southern Trace CC in Shreveport. Dates for next year’s Championship are June 6-9, 2013. The top 40 finishers and ties from this year’s event are exempt into next year’s Championship.