August 17, 2013 — Monroe, LA — Sandy Brasher of Covington fired a final round even par 72 on Saturday at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe to win the 2013 Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship. Brasher started the day at two-under par 142, two strokes back of the leader, Darell Benoit of Belle Chasse, and he finished the day right where he started at two-under par, giving him a 5 stroke victory over 2nd place finishers Hal Wright of Shreveport, Ben Hargis of Alexandria, and Eddie Lyons of Shreveport, who all finished at three-over par 219. The fact that Brasher was raised in Monroe made his victory at Bayou DeSiard Country Club that much sweeter. Brasher played an excellent final round and earned this title as the best Senior (Age 50 & Over) Amateur golfer in Louisiana.
Saturday’s final round saw its fair share of drama. Brasher and Benoit, along with Johnny Futch of Monroe, teed off at 10:30 AM in the final pairing of the day. Benoit and Brasher battled all day and were tied for the lead at even par for the Championship when they came to the 12th tee, and Futch was just two shots back at two-over par for the Championship. Also two shots back at that point was 2003 LGA Senior Amateur Champion Eddie Lyons, who was two groups ahead of the final pairing and was at two-over par after he birdied the par 5 14th hole. The turning point of the tournament came at the par 3 15th hole, which was playing 115 yards on Saturday. Brasher and Benoit were still tied, but Brasher made a birdie, while Benoit hit his shot in the water hazard fronting the green, finishing that hole with a double bogey. Brasher would go on to finish par-birdie-bogey on the final three holes and card an even par 72 for the day.
Brasher used his length off the tee to his advantage all week, and Saturday’s final round was no exception as he birdied three of the four par 5’s on the golf course. Brasher had a “roller coaster” final round that included seven birdies and two double bogies. He got off to a rough start, making a double bogey 6 on the first hole, a par 4 that was playing 380 yards. He made par on the par 4 2nd hole and birdied the par 5 3rd hole. Brasher bogied the par 3 4th hole, but bounced back with back-to-back birdies at the par 4 5th hole and the par 5 6th hole. He made par at the par 4 7th and birdie at the par 4 8th. After a bogey at the par 3 9th hole, Brasher made the turn at even par 36 for the day.
Brasher made par at the par 4 10th hole, but double bogied the par 4 11th hole after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He re-grouped and played solid golf the rest of the way in. Two consecutive pars at holes 12 & 13 were followed by two consecutive birdies at holes 14 & 15. As previously mentioned, Brasher played the final three holes at even par, securing the five shot victory.
Scores of par or better on Saturday were shot by: Lyons (71/219), Hal Wright of Shreveport (71/219), Brasher (72/214), James Hamilton of Lafayette (72/222), 2011 LGA Senior Amateur Champion Rod Baronet of Lecompte (72/222), and Bob Birtman of Benton (72/229).
This year’s Championship was conducted at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe. The Bayou DeSiard golf course drew rave reviews from this field of the top Senior players in Louisiana. The Perry Maxwell designed course played to a par of 72 at approximately 6,751 yards on Saturday. Competitors enjoyed ideal golf weather all weekend with temperatures in the mid-70s. The golf course was a tough, but fair test. No competitors carded a single round score under 70 over 54 holes.
The field was cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes with 62 players making the cut at 166.
The 2014 LGA Senior Amateur will be conducted at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville, August 21-23, 2014.