Monroe, LA — June 29, 2021
Sarah Meral of Abita Springs and Brooke Tyree are set to play in the Final Match of the 93rd Louisiana Women’s Amateur Championship at Bayou DeSiard Country Club. Meral and Tyree have outlasted the best female amateur golfers in the state over three days, and their stellar play has set them up for an exciting finish. The Final is set to begin at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, and live scoring will be available at LGAgolf.org. Meral defeated Sophia Macias of Denham Springs 3 & 2 in their semifinal match Tuesday morning. Tyree secured her spot in the Final with a tough 1 up victory over Kaitlyn Montoya of Shreveport.
Meral’s semifinal match against Macias took only 3 ½ hours to complete. The front nine was a back-and-forth battle. Both competitors made a routine par at the par 4 1st hole. Macias won the 2nd hole with a par, and Meral won the 3rd hole with a par. Meral took the lead after making a par at the par 3 3rd hole, and Macias tied the match again with a par at the 5th hole. Both competitors made a par at the par 5 6th hole. Meral regained the lead with a par at the 7th hole. The next two holes were tied with pars, and Meral was 1 up at the turn. Macias tied the match with a par at the par 4 10th hole, but Meral quickly went 1 up again with a par at the 11th hole. Meral would never relinquish the lead. She won holes 13 and 16 to punch her ticket to the Final.
Tyree and Montoya tied the first three holes of their match before Tyree took a 1 up lead after a birdie at the par 3 4th hole. Both competitors made four consecutive pars, and then Montoya tied the match with a par at the 9th hole. Tyree birdied the first two holes to start the back nine, and took a 2 up lead. Montoya won the par 4 12th hole with a birdie. Both players made a bogey at the par 4 13th hole. Tyree birdied the par 5 14th hole to go 2 up, and Montoya responded again with a birdie at the par 3 15th hole to cut the deficit to 1 hole. The match would end with three straight pars from Montoya and Tyree.
Tyree, a rising senior at Texas A & M, is looking to capture her first Louisiana Women’s Amateur Championship. She finished runner-up last year at Tchefuncta Country Club. If Tyree wins on Wednesday, she would earn her fourth LGA Championship, having also won the Louisiana Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship (2016 & 2017) and the Louisiana Women’s Four-Ball Championship in 2017. Meral is a rising high school senior, and she’s no stranger to the winner’s circle either. Meral won the 2020 Louisiana Women’s Four-Ball Championship with Liza Lapeyre, and she’s won five Louisiana Junior Golf Tour events since 2019.
Marge Richter of Monroe is the First Flight Champion. She won the Final 3 & 2 over Carla Thompson of Woodworth. Second Flight Champion is Debbie Magee of Bossier City. She won the Final 3 & 2 over Sandy Renner of Winnsboro.
First Flight Consolation Bracket winner is Pam Fossett of Lake Charles.
Second Flight Consolation Bracket winner is Cheryl Boutte of Alexandria.
Lauren Aillet of Lafayette and Cassidy Lambert of Greta will square off in the Championship Flight Consolation Final on Wednesday.
Click here to see the scoring for the Championship and subsequent Flighted Championships.
It was a hot, humid north Louisiana summer day with temperatures approaching the upper-80’s by mid-morning. The Perry Maxell designed Bayou DeSiard Country Club course was in excellent condition and played to a par 72 at approximately 6,200 yards for the Championship.