Marksville, Louisiana April 28, 2023
Billy Joe Tolliver of Saint Gabriel, Louisiana leads a talented group of seniors after the second round of the 34th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship at Tamahka Trails Golf Club. Tolliver sits at one-under par 141 to lead by one stroke over Eric Lavespere of Monroe. Tolliver carded a low round score of 69 including an eagle at the 17th . Tolliver drove the short par four and made a lengthy putt to separate himself from the rest of the talented field. That eagle was a momentum swing for Tolliver at the end of the second round and could be an intricate turning point in deciding this Senior Amateur Championship. Lavespere tied Tolliver for the low round of the day also shooting 69. Two-time champion Robby McWilliams of Benton sits in solo third place just two strokes back at one-over. Not far behind, Eddie Seabaugh of Bossier City, Cade Hebert of Abbeville, and Jason Lewis of Alexandria all trail by three strokes at two-over par. Saturday will be an exciting conclusion to a competitive and difficult Championship here at Tamahka Trails.
The LGA also conducted the Super Senior Championship (Ages 65+) the first two days over 36 holes. Scott Haynie of Brusly, Louisiana emerged victorious by one stroke over Henry Cole of Monroe, Louisiana. Haynie completed the wire-to-wire finish on Friday after co- leading with Cole following round one play. Haynie and Cole both shot a first round one-over 72, but Haynie was able to pull away in round
two after carding a three-over 74. The difference was Haynie’s birdies on the par three 8th and the par five 10th to win his third LGA Championship, with one of those being the 1993 Louisiana State Amateur. Mike Walpole of Choudrant, Louisiana finished the Championship in third place. Friday’s play was conducted in sunny conditions with little to no winds throughout the day. Tamahka Trails Golf Club has recently gone under major renovations under Director of Golf Kevin Michael, PGA. Michael, along with Assistant Golf Professional Ryan Linder, and Superintendent Joel Washburn, have done a tremendous job with the new renovations and getting the course in top notch shape to host the 34th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship. The course has drawn numerous compliments and overwhelmingly positive reviews from this field of the top senior players in Louisiana. The course played to a par of 71 at just under 6,600 yards on Friday for the Overall Championship and just under 6,000 yards for the Super Senior Championship.
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