Exciting Four-Way Tie for the Lead After Round One of the 105th Louisiana Amateur Championship

June 6, 2024 | Maili Bartz

Round one results of the Louisiana Golf Association’s 105th Louisiana Amateur Championship held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday, June 6, 2024.  

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144 players competed in round one of the 105th Louisiana State Amateur.  Morning tee times began at 7:30 AM off the 1st and 10th tee.  The afternoon wave tee times were off of the 1st and 10th tee at 12:00 PM.

The first round of the 105th Louisiana Amateur Championship has commenced with an exhilarating start at the Country Club of Louisiana. After the first round, there is a thrilling four-way tie for the lead between Ryan Dupuy and Walter Anderson of Baton Rouge, Michael Ferrer of Covington, and Miles Merlin of Metairie, each firing a remarkable four-under-par 68.

These four leaders hold a one-stroke advantage at the top of the leaderboard, with strong performances from Grant Welch of Baton Rouge, 2011 and 2022 Louisiana Amateur Champion Greg Berthelot of Baton Rouge, Nicholas Arcement of Thibodaux, and Tyler Ledet of Lafayette close behind.

Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge showcased a stellar performance during his first 18 holes. He maintained his form with an even-par front nine, including one birdie and one bogey. His round featured a standout back nine, going bogey-free and posting a 32 with five birdies, to complete his round.

Walter Anderson, also from Baton Rouge, demonstrated remarkable consistency. Starting with a balanced front nine score of 35, Anderson found his rhythm on the back nine, recording four birdies, including an impressive hat-trick of birdies, making three in a row on holes 12-14 at CCLA, finishing with a back nine score of 33 to secure his place at the top.

Michael Ferrer of Covington joined the leaders with a round characterized by precision and poise. Ferrer’s front nine was highlighted by a bogey-free stretch that also consisted of four birdies, with three in a row on holes 5-7 at CCLA. He continued his steady play with a 36 on the back nine, punctuated by a closing two birdies and two bogeys.

Miles Merlin from Metairie rounded out the leaders with a phenomenal bogey-free front nine that consisted of four birdies, also having three in a row on holes 4-6 at CCLA, resulting in a 32. Merlin’s back nine of 36 featured crucial par saves, two birdies, and two bogeys.

The four leaders have set a high bar as the championship moves into the second round. With 54 holes remaining and a cut to make after tomorrow’s round, the competition promises to intensify as these talented golfers vie for the prestigious title of the 105th Louisiana Amateur Champion.

The 105th Louisiana Amateur Championship continues tomorrow with the second round, where golfers will look to position themselves for the final push over the weekend. Fans and spectators are encouraged to follow along for live updates and scores on the Louisiana Golf Association’s official website.

Morning wave tee times for round two will begin tomorrow, June 7th,  at 7:30 AM off of the 1st and 10th tees.

This championship was conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association.

About the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA):

The LGA, founded in 1920, is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving the game of golf and its membership of approximately 90 Member Clubs and 15,500 individual members.  Over the course of the last quarter-century, the LGA has grown from an organization that simply existed to conduct its statewide amateur championships to a full-service golf association that strives to accomplish its stated mission. 

“To foster the enhancement and expansion of amateur golf through the development of member and information services, the promotion of opportunities for all who want to play, and the protection of the game’s integrity and valued traditions.”

The LGA is an Allied Golf Association (AGA) of the United States Golf Association.  While the LGA provides a myriad peripheral benefits and services to its member clubs and individual members, its core services include Course Measuring and Rating, Championship Administration, Rules of Amateur Status, and Rules of Golf.

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