First round leader James Anstiss fired a one-under par 71 on Friday at Carter Plantation in the 2nd round of the 97th Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship. Anstiss had a two-shot lead over the field after 18 holes, and he has improved that by one stroke, taking a three shot lead into Saturday’s play. Lurking behind Anstiss at four-under par 140 are 2012 LGA Amateur Champion Patrick Christovich of New Orleans and 2015 LGA Amateur Runner-Up Blake Caldwell of Ponchatoula. Christovich shot a three-under par 69 on Friday, while Caldwell carded an even par 72. Anstiss, Caldwell, and Christovich tee off in Saturday’s final pairing at 10:30 AM in what is sure to be an exciting “Moving Day.”
36 holes remain between New Zealander James Anstiss and a Louisiana State Amateur Championship. He has put himself in a nice spot after two rounds, and he hopes to ride a wave of momentum and go wire-to-wire for the victory. Anstiss is a rising Senior at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he plays college golf. He started his 2nd round at 1:12 PM off the first tee. He played steady golf, making six consecutive pars before stumbling with a bogey at the par 5 7th hole after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He made a par at the par 4 8th hole and then added a birdie at the difficult par 4 9th hole, making the turn at even par 36. Anstiss made a bogey at the par 4 10th hole to start his round and then carded three straight pars. He birdied holes 14 and 15 and then made three consecutive pars to finish his round, bringing his back nine total to 35 and his 2nd round total to 71.
The low round of the day was shot by Carter Toms of Shreveport, a four-under par 68. Toms started his round on hole #10 and shot a 38 on his front nine holes then added a blistering 30 on his back nine that included 4 birdies and an eagle at the par 5 7th hole. Toms missed a 4 foot putt for birdie on the par 4 8th hole, or he would have posted a 29 on his last 9 holes.
There were a total of eight scores under par. Other scores under par were that were not mentioned above were shot by: Brandon Aydlett of Metairie (71/142), Hank Shaheen of DeQuincy (70/143), Josh Fullilove of Larose (71/144), Ryan Alford of Shreveport (71/145), and Jeff Berry of Keithville (70/147).
After 2nd round play, the cut was made to the low 60 scorers and ties. The cut was 12-over par (156) and 61 players made it. The uphill par 4 16th hole (469 yards) continues to be the hardest hole of the tournament playing with a scoring average of 4.86.
Third Round play will begin Saturday morning at 7:30 AM off #1 tee, with the leaders going off last at 10:30 AM as previously mentioned.
Temperatures again rose into the upper 80s on Friday afternoon. The wind has laid low for the last two days and competitors in both morning and afternoon waves on Thursday and Friday have had to play in similar conditions.
The Carter Plantation golf resort opened in 2003, and it is hosting the LGA Amateur Championship for the first time in its history. The David Toms designed course drew rave reviews from this field of the top amateur players in Louisiana. The course played to a par of 72 at approximately 7,070 yards on Thursday.