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Le Triomphe Set to Host 95th Annual Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship

June 2, 2014 --Broussard, LA-- Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard will host the 95th edition of the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship June 5-8, 2014. 152 players from across Louisiana comprise the field that will compete over 72 holes for the most prestigious Amateur Championship in the state.

Nineteen-year-old Eric Ricard returns to defend the Championship he won last year at Southern Trace Country Club in his hometown of Shreveport. That was Ricard’s first Amateur Championship, which he won by three strokes over the defending champion Patrick Christovich of New Orleans, in an event that was shortened to 54 holes due to poor weather conditions. Ricard showed true grit last year by handling the pressure of being in the final pairing of the final round of the State Amateur and producing a dominant performance. Ricard, who plays golf for LSU, is certainly playing some of his best golf coming into the 2014 LGA Amateur Championship. He earned low medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Carter Plantation in Springfield last month, posting the only round under par in the entire field. Ricard will have to out play an extremely competitive field this year if he wants to be the first player to repeat as LGA Amateur Champion since Buddy Short in 1969 and 1970.

Nguyen Attends USGA Boatwright Intern Summit

Tuyen Nguyen is the USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern for the Louisiana Golf Association.  He had the opportunity to attend the USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern Orientation May 18-21, 2014 in Far Hills, NJ.  This gave him chance to learn what golf administration is about and how other associations conduct themselves by interacting with other Boatwright Interns from around the country.    

USGA Announces LGA/GHIN Mobile App Update

The USGA and its GHIN technicians have released the second generation of the iPhone and Android mobile application available to all LGA members who wish to post scores via this medium. Bursting with improvements, this new functionality will leave Louisiana golfers much more satisfied with this value-added benefit of LGA membership.

Duncan Wins 2014 LGA Net Amateur Championship

William Duncan of Baton Rouge fired bookend 68’s to win the 2014 LGA Net Amateur Championship at Carter Plantation in Springfield by seven shots over defending champion Mike Hymel. Duncan’s two-day total of 136 is the lowest in the LGA Net Amateur Championship since 2007. Duncan won his flight in last year’s LGA Net Amateur, and finally tasted victory in the Overall competition.

Rounding out the top five were: 3.) Scott Brady of Baton Rouge (75-69/144), T4.) Ronnie Averett of Loranger (75-70/145), and T4.) Brent Ocmond of Paulina (73-72/145).

Flight winners included: Brian Hilton of Ruston (St. Andrews), Tom Ellis of New Orleans (Prestwick), Edward Jones of Jefferson (Troon), and Bob Apple of Baton Rouge (Carnoustie).

Under par net scores on Sunday were shot by: Duncan (68), Brady (69), Averett (70), and Richard Childers of Madisonville (71).

Eric Ricard Wins Medalist Honors at U.S. Open Local Qualifier

May 15, 2014 -- Springfield, LA -- Eric Ricard of Shreveport fired a one-under par 71 at Carter Plantation in Springfield on Thursday to win medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier and advance to the Sectional Qualifying round. If Ricard makes it through the next stage of Sectional Qualifying, he will compete in the 114th U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 12-15, 2014. Ricard, the defending Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Champion, just finished his freshman year at LSU where he plays on the Tiger golf team. The U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Carter Planation was one of six in the United States on Thursday, and it was an unseasonably cool day in South Louisiana. Competitors had to battle blistering wind all day, and Ricard was the only player to post a score under par. May 19 is the last day of Local Qualifying across the country. 

Club Team Championship Video Wrap-up

Squirrel Run GC of New Iberia took home the top prize in the 26th LGA Club Team Championship. Check out the video below for their reaction! The LGA will be publishing a "video wrap-up" after each of its 2014 championships. 

New Look, New Season for LGA Championships

The Louisiana Golf Association Championship Season is set to kick off this weekend. In addition to a new tournament management product, the LGA will bring another positive change to it’s repertoire. Thanks to the generosity of selected members of the LGA Board of Directors, the LGA now is the proud owner of a trailer to house its extensive inventory of site preparation materials. The trailer, outfitted with the official LGA logo, will make travel to this seasons 9 championships and 3 USGA qualifiers a breeze. This addition adds to the stellar reputation the LGA enjoys amongst State and Regional Golf Associations nationwide.

The season’s first event, The Club Team Championship, features 15 6-man teams representing twelve LGA member clubs competing over the course of 36 grueling holes at The Island in Plaquemine. The event’s reigning champions, Oakwing Golf Club, will hope to defend their victory from the previous year. Action gets underway at 7:30 AM Saturday with Four-Ball matches before Sunday's individual stroke play.

LGA Encourages Score Posting via LGA/GHIN Mobile App

As some members may be aware, significant setbacks with the GHIN handicapping system have been seen in recent weeks. Specifically, the scoring terminals at member clubs have become inactive due to maintenance or plagued by slowness due to high demands from GHIN golfers across the country. The LGA staff has continually communicated its desire to the USGA and GHIN technicians for a quick, but comprehensive solution to these problems so that individual members may have access to the full menu of score entry options. Unfortunately, due to this instability the LGA has asked its member facilities to discourage use of the scoring kiosks while GHIN works to make the necessary adjustments to its servers.

The LGA is recommending whole-heartedly that golfers post their scores via the LGA/GHIN mobile app foriPhone and Android.  Alternatively, golfers may post their scores via the score posting module atLGAGolf.org.These systems have experienced very little of the symptoms associated with the GHIN server overloads. In addition, the LGA asks that you review your most recent eRevision message to check for any duplicate scores or incorrect information that could come as a result of these problems.

The LGA remains confident that GHIN will rectify its infrastructure issues in due course.

 

LE TRIOMPHE TO HOST 95TH LGA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

March 17, 2014 -- Broussard, LA -- For the first time since 1996, the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship will return to Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard, LA. The LGA’s marquee event has been conducted every year since the organization’s founding in 1920 in hopes of declaring a true state champion. Through the years, the “State Am,” as it is colloquially known, has attracted competitors of a refined caliber, several of whom have gone on to play on the PGA Tour. In the past this event has tested the skills of the likes of the legendary Hebert brothers - both winners of the PGA Championship, but both runners-up in the State Am.  Current Tour player Brian Bateman won the event once, with one other runner-up finish. Andrew Loupe, who earned his PGA Tour card last year, took home the trophy in 2009. 

Patrick Christovich of New Orleans, is the  four-time reigning LGA Mid-Amateur champion and 2012 State Amateur champion and exemplifies the type of player the event draws – one who is well versed in competitive golf and can withstand the pressures of such high stakes competition. Defending champion and current freshman golfer at LSU, Eric Ricard of Shreveport, will return to defend his title at the 95th edition of the LGA Amateur Championship. 

LGA INCREASES GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIPS

January 9, 2014 -- Lafayette, LA -- This year is sure to be an exciting one for the Louisiana Golf Association. The transition to GHIN handicapping services has recently been integrated and brings with it even more value added benefits for LGA members, including a LGA mobile app. Furthermore, there is an attractive slate of venues lined up for the 2014 LGA Championship Season, headlined by the Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard (June 5-8) and the Mid-Amateur Championship at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant (August 1-3). In addition to providing competitors a chance to play these wonderful golf courses, the LGA is pleased to announce the increase of awards and gift certificates for its 2014 Championships.

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