The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) announced its 2018 Championship Schedule on Wednesday. The LGA will again conduct 12 Championships, in addition to 16 State Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifiers. As in previous years, the LGA will conduct USGA Qualifiers (U.S. Open, Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur), and the LGA is adding both the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifiers to the slate. The 2018 Championship Season kicks off in April at Beau Chene Country Club (Oak Course) in Mandeville, site of the popular LGA Club Team Championship.
The impressive 2018 Schedule is highlighted by the 99th LGA Amateur Championship (June 7-10) at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette and the LGA Mid-Amateur Championship (August 3-5) at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club in Broussard. The season concludes with the Junior River Cup Matches in Mississippi. “We are excited about our 2018 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director and Director of Championship Operations Logan Ray. “The 2018 schedule showcases facilities across the state of Louisiana that make an effort to give back to the game by hosting our Championships. We sincerely appreciate their support and are looking forward to a fun and competitive 2018 Season at these excellent golf courses.”
As mentioned, the LGA’s 99th Amateur Championship, an event that crowned its first champion in 1920, will be conducted June 7-10 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. Oakbourne Country Club is currently ranked as the third best course in the state of Louisiana by Golf Digest Magazine, although some would debate it in the top 2 facilities. It is characterized by its oak trees and beautiful water hazards. The course was originally designed by Dick Wilson in 1955, and it was redesigned by Joe Finger and Ken Dye in 1985. There is a tremendous history at Oakbourne, as it was the home club of Jay and Lionel Hebert, PGA Champions and Ryder Cup competitors. The LGA is thrilled to be able to bring its marquee Championship back to this wonderful facility in Lafayette. Oakbourne will provide a stern but fair test for the best Amateur golfers in the state. The course measures 6,900 yards from the back tees, which have a course and slope rating of 73.2/129. The LGA last conducted the State Amateur Championship here in 2011, an event won by Greg Berthelot of Baton Rouge who finished at twelve-under par 276. Oakbourne will host U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifiers three weeks after the State Amateur on June 26.
The LGA is thrilled to bring its two largest events to the Acadiana Area in 2018. Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard will welcome the 2018 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship August 3-5. Le Triomphe, host of the Web.com Tour’s Louisiana Chitimacha Open, was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and founded in 1986. Le Triomphe has hosted a number of LGA Championships over the years, including the State Amateur in 1987, 1996, and 2014. The LGA last conducted its Mid-Amateur Championship at Le Triomphe in 2000, which John Davis of Lafayette won on the second extra hole over Chip Houston of Baton Rouge after both competitors finished at 211. Le Triomphe is an outstanding layout and the golf course is sure to be in superb condition in August. The Mid-Amateur Championship is for competitors who are 25 years of age and older, and qualifying dates are set for early July at eight sites around the state.
As mentioned above, the 2018 LGA Championship schedule kicks off in late April with the Club Team Championship at Beau Chene Country Club (Oak Course) in Mandeville. This event matches teams from LGA Member Clubs in an exciting Ryder Cup type format consisting of 4-Ball stroke play on Saturday and individual stroke play on Sunday.
In mid-May, OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria will host the State Senior Amateur Championship.
This past season was the first time that the Senior Amateur was conducted in the Spring, and it was well received by the Senior golfers enjoyed the comfortable May weather. In addition to the Overall Championship, a Super Senior Championship for individuals 65 years of age and older will be conducted. Super Seniors will play from a forward set of tees and compete only in their division.
After the Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifiers at Oakbourne, the LGA will head to East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport for its 61st Junior Amateur Championship. Junior Golf is thriving in Louisiana right now, and the LGA is proud to be able to continue to conduct Louisiana’s premier Junior Golf Tournament in the state and provide its members an opportunity to play Junior Golf at the highest level in the state. Next year’s champion will certainly have a bright future. LSU golf commit Nicholas Arcement of Thibodaux will be back to defend his 2017 title. The age limit for the State Junior Amateur is 18 years old so players who have yet to turn 19 years of age by the end of the competition will be able to compete. This eligibility requirement was implemented in 2017 in order to provide a competitive environment for those who would be playing in the summer before they go to college and elevate the level of competition. East Ridge will be an incredible venue for this event, and there will be a number of competitors who practice out of the David Toms Academy in Shreveport known as 265 in the field. East Ridge will also provide a tremendous test for U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier (36 holes) on July 9.
The University Club of Baton Rouge will be the site of the 2018 LGA 4-Ball Championship in mid-July. The University Club was designed by David Toms and Jim Lipe and is the home of LSU golf. The University Club is one of the most well-conditioned courses in the state, and it recently hosted the 2017 NCAA Men’s Regional and 2016 NCAA Women’s Regional. The State 4-Ball is always a fun and competitive event, and conducting it at The University Club is sure to be a huge hit. The last LGA Championship at The University Club was the 2011 Senior Amateur.
After the Mid-Amateur in early August, the LGA will head to Bayou Oaks in New Orleans for the Net Amateur Championship. The South Course opened in May of 2017 and has garnered rave reviews. The Rees Jones-designed track boasts some of the best greens in the state. The course was in fantastic shape for the 2017 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship and will continue to improve with age. It is located in City Park, 10 minutes from downtown New Orleans.
The LGA Senior Four-Ball Championship will be conducted in September at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville. The Arnold Palmer-designed course offers gorgeous views and elevation changes on the course, not common in Louisiana. Finally, the LGA will bring the best 20 golfers East to Mississippi for the Junior River Cup. The LGA has won the last two Junior River Cup Matches and is looking to continue the streak. The site and date of this event will be announced by the Mississippi Golf Association sometime in early 2018. This will be the perfect event to cap off a stellar 2018 Season.
Qualifiers will again be conducted for both the LGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships. Eight sites around the state (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport) will conduct sectional qualifying rounds for all entrants not exempt into Championship round play. As in previous years, those players who attempt to qualify but are unsuccessful will receive a $100 refund from their $225 entry fee at the conclusion of the Championship proper.
The LGA will also conduct five USGA qualifiers in 2018:
· U.S. Open Qualifier, OakWing GC, Alexandria, May 10
· U.S. Junior Amateur & U.S. Girls’ Junior Qualifier, Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, June 26
· U.S. Amateur Qualifier, East Ridge CC, Shreveport, July 9
· U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Le Triomphe G & CC, Broussard, July 31
· U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier, Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course, NOLA, August 23
LGA Championship events are open to members of LGA Member Clubs. For more information on LGA Championship events or how to become a LGA Member, please contact the LGA at 337-265-3938 or visit our website, www.LGAgolf.org. Also, click here to view future LGA Championship sites beyond 2018.