December 14, 2020 — Lafayette, Louisiana
The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is pleased to announce its Championship schedule on Monday. The LGA will conduct twelve Championships, in addition to eight State Amateur and eight Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifiers. The LGA is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, and as such, the governing body for amateur golf in Louisiana will conduct seven qualifiers on behalf of the USGA in 2021. “We are excited about our 2021 championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Executive Director Logan Ray. “The 2021 schedule showcases facilities that give back to the game by hosting our Championships, and we sincerely appreciate their support. We are proud to provide first-class competitions for golfers of all ages and skill levels.” 2021 will certainly be a memorable year for amateur golfers in the Bayou State as the LGA travels to excellent courses from April to October.
The stellar 2021 LGA Championship Schedule is highlighted by the 102nd Louisiana Amateur Championship, to be conducted at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, July 22-25. Registration for the event will open April 1, and the entry deadline is Tuesday, June 8 at 5:00 PM. Squire Creek Country Club opened in 2002 and was designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio. The par 72 course stretches out to over 7,100 and has arguably the most difficult green complexes in the state.
Squire Creek Country Club has been a tremendous supporter of amateur golf, and has hosted numerous LGA Championships in years past as well as the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The 102nd Louisiana Amateur will mark the first time the LGA will conduct its marquee championship at Squire Creek Country Club. The 102nd Louisiana Amateur Championship will prove to be one of the more difficult challenges in recent memory.
The 2021 Championship Season kicks off with the Women’s Four-Ball Championship on May 1-2 at Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville. Tamahka Trails recently renovated all of the bunkers on the course and it will provide a great test for the LGA Women’s Four-Ball. This will be the eighth LGA Championship conducted at Tamahka Trails with the most recent being the 2009 Club Team Championship.
Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette will host the 2021 LGA Senior Amateur May 6-8. Oakbourne will also host the U.S. Open Local Qualifier, conducted by the LGA, one week before on, April 29. Oakbourne has hosted numerous LGA events over the years, including the 2018 Amateur Championship, and it will be a fantastic venue in May. This will be the third Senior Amateur Championship held at Oakbourne.
The Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be conducted at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria on May 21-22. OakWing has been a big supporter of amateur golf in Louisiana since the course opened. This will be the first Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at OakWing.
The LGA Four-Ball Championship will be conducted at TPC Louisiana, June 12-13. The Four-Ball Championship has switched spots in the schedule with the Amateur Championship for 2021. TPC Louisiana hosts the annual Zurich Classic, which brings the best PGA Tour players to Avondale. This will be the first Championship held at TPC Louisiana since it hosted the 93rd Louisiana Amateur in 2012.
Following the Four-Ball Championship, the LGA heads to Monroe for its Women’s Amateur Championship at Bayou DeSiard Country Club, June 27-30. This will be the 93rd edition of this event and the sixth time this event has been played here but the first since 1996. Bayou DeSiard Country Club opened for play in 1948 and has been one of the state’s premier clubs for decades. This will be an excellent test for the best female golfers in Louisiana.
The LGA will travel to Houma in July to conduct its Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Amateur Championships at Ellendale Country Club, July 7-9. Ellendale last hosted the Junior Amateur in 2010 and hosted the 2020 Four-Ball Championship. The top junior amateur players Louisiana and all of the spectators are in for a treat down in the Bayou. The LGA will stay at Ellendale Country Club to conduct the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier on July 12 (36 holes). The 2021 Boys’ Junior Amateur Champion will earn fully exempt status with the AJGA.
Following the Amateur Championship in July, the LGA heads to Lake Charles to conduct the Mid-Amateur Championship at Contraband Bayou Golf Club on August 13-15. World renowned architect Tom Fazio designed the course in 2005. This will be the fourth LGA Championship conducted at Contraband Bayou and the first since 2017.
Carter Plantation in Springfield will host the popular LGA Net Amateur Championship, August 21-22. This will be the second time that Cater Plantation will host the LGA Net Amateur. This Championship will once again have a men’s and women’s division, in addition to the concurrent Net Club Team Championship. The LGA Net Amateur is a fun format and provides an equitable competition for golfers using the LGA Handicap Network and GHIN. The concurrent Club Team is a way to build camaraderie amongst team members.
The LGA Women’s Senior Amateur (October 7-8) and LGA Senior Four-Ball (October 9-10) will be conducted at La Tour Golf Club in Matthews. The David Toms designed course has never hosted an LGA Championship and we are excited to showcase it to our competitors. These will be fantastic events to end the 2021 season.
As always, qualifiers will 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. Furthermore, it should be noted that all of the women’s competitions mentioned above have a net component for the higher handicapped golfers, so we invite all female LGA members to compete in as many events as possible in which they are eligible.
Amateur Championship Qualifying Dates and Sites:
Alexandria Sat., 6/19/21 OakWing GC
Lafayette Mon., 6/21/21 The Wetlands
Baton Rouge Tue., 6/22/21 Santa Maria GC
Houma Tue., 6/22/21 La Tour GC
New Orleans Tue., 6/22/21 Money Hill CC
Lake Charles Fri., 6/25/21 Lake Charles CC
Monroe Sun., 6/27/21 Squire Creek CC
Shreveport Tue., 6/29/21 East Ridge CC
Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying Dates and Sites:
Houma Sun., 7/18/21 Ellendale CC
Lafayette Mon., 7/19/21 The Wetlands
Monroe Mon., 7/19/21 Calvert Crossing
New Orleans Mon., 7/19/21 English Turn G&CC
Alexandria Sat., 7/31/21 Links on the Bayou
Shreveport Sat., 7/31/21 Querbes Park GC
Lake Charles Sun., 8/1/21 The National GC
Baton Rouge Tue., 8/3/21 Santa Maria GC
The LGA will also conduct seven USGA Qualifiers in 2021:
- U.S. Open Local Qualifier, Oakbourne Country Club, Lafayette, April 29 (Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego, CA, June 17-20)
- U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier, Oakbourne Country Club, Lafayette, June 15 (The Country Club of North Carolina, Village of Pinehurst, NC, July 19-24)
- U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifier, Oakbourne Country Club, Lafayette, June 15 (Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD, July 12-17)
- U.S. Amateur Qualifier, Ellendale Country Club, Houma, July 12 (Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA, August 9-15)
- U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Le Triomphe Country Club, Broussard, August 10 (Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI August 28-September 2)
- U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier, English Turn Golf & Country Club, New Orleans, August 16 (Sankaty Head Golf Club, Siasconset, MA & Miacomet Golf Club, Nantucket, MA, September 25-30)
- U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier, The Country Club of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, August 23 (The Country Club of Birmingham, May 14-18, 2022)
LGA Championship events are open to members of LGA Member Clubs. For more information on LGA Championship events or how to become an LGA Member, please contact the LGA offices at 337-265-3938 or visit our website, www.LGAgolf.org.