Lafayette, LA | October 2, 2018

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to award its 2018 Player of the Year to Brandon Aydlett of Metairie (left) and 2018 Senior Player of the Year to Ken Buchan of Monroe (right).

Aydlett won in dominating fashion, amassing 325 total points.  Jacob Bergeron of Slidell finished runner-up in the Player of the Year standings with 205 points.  The Senior Player of the Year race proved to be much tighter, and the results were not officially determined until the final putt dropped at the 2018 LGA Senior Four-Ball in September.  Buchan won that event with his partner Bart Dornier of Metairie, and as a result, he jumped four spots to finish the year in first place.  Buchan garnered 170 total points this season, earning a ten-point win over runner-up Robby McWilliams of Benton. 

Aydlett had strong showings throughout his 2018 campaign, finishing runner-up in both the LGA Four-Ball and LGA Mid-Amateur Championships, and his crowning achievement for the 2018 Season was his victory at the 99th LGA Amateur Championship at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.  His four-round total of 282 (six-under par) at the State Amateur secured a four-stroke victory over runner-up Matt Weber of Scott. Following his win at the 2018 LGA Amateur Championship, Aydlett finished in a tie for second at the LGA Four-Ball at The University Club in Baton Rouge, only one shot behind the Champions.  Aydlett and his partner John Humphries of Woodworth shot rounds of five-under (67) and six-under (66) for a 36-hole total of 11-under par (133).  A few weeks later, Aydlett would find himself in the hunt for yet another LGA Championship, this time at the 27th LGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard.  Aydlett carded three consecutive rounds under-par (71-68-69) for a 54-hole total eight-under (208).  He was the only player in the field to shoot under par in all of his championship rounds.  However, at the completion of play on Sunday he found himself in a three-way tie for first.  Aydlett eventually surrendered the victory to Hank Shaheen of Dequincy after a hard fought and dramatic playoff that lasted four holes.

Buchan’s Senior POY campaign was full of impressive highlights.  He finished solo fourth at the LGA Senior Amateur (60 points), and he also made the cut at the LGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur, finishing T52 (15) and T26 (15), respectively.  As mentioned above, Buchan’s status as LGA Senior Player of the year hinged on his performance in the LGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville, in which he collected 80 points from a first-place.

It was an outstanding 2018 season for both Brandon Aydlett and Ken Buchan.  Congratulations to both of these players!

Click here to view final LGA Player of the Year points.

Click here to view Senior POY results.