Walking Home a Champion: Todd Doss Wins 35th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship

May 10, 2024 | Maili Bartz

A look into the final round of the 35th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship at Ellendale Country Club in Houma, Louisiana on Friday, May 10, 2024.

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61 players competed in the final round of the Louisiana Golf Association’s 35th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship. This morning’s tee times begin at 7:30 AM off the 1st tee. The course played to a par 72 at approximately 6,626 yards for the championship.

Houma, LA – It was a rainy start to the final round of the 35th Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship this morning, but as the skies cleared up, the sun came out and the humidity was not playing around. Todd Doss of Mandeville claimed his very first Louisiana Senior Amateur Championship title at Ellendale Country Club on Friday. Even though this player is originally from California and started the day tied at the top of the leaderboard with 2019 and 2020 Senior Amateur Champion, Robby McWilliams of Benton, he was able to pull through and shoot a final round of 71, putting him at five under for the championship.

It was an eventful round for this pair also playing with Eric Lavespere of Monroe. Doss and McWilliams stayed neck and neck the entire time, trading off being in the lead or tied up. As the pair left the 17th green tied up going into 18, McWilliams had an unfortunate tee shot resulting in a ball in the water, earning him a penalty stroke. After taking a drop and then hitting his next shot, he met Doss on the green. With a stellar finish, Doss sank his putt on 18 to win himself the championship title by one stroke over McWilliams.

All players in the final group had phenomenal three rounds, but someone that cannot be ignored is third place finisher Jeff Calloway of Baton Rouge. Calloway worked his way up towards the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 68 in his final round, earning himself a trophy. Calloway had a phenomenal back nine, making 5 birdies and going bogey-free.

As for the Hole-In-One contest sponsored by Acadiana Cars, nobody went home with a new set of wheels. While there were a few players that came relatively close, nobody was able to hit a shot quite lucky enough. The Louisiana Golf Association would like to send its gratitude to the staff of Ellendale Country Club and, more importantly, the General Manager, Devin Thomas. It was a beautiful three days down in Houma, and the LGA is already excited for the anticipation of next year’s event.

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA), a cornerstone of the state’s golfing community since 1920, remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting amateur golf. With a robust offering of championships, USGA qualifiers, and comprehensive services, the LGA proudly serves over 200 member clubs and 17,000 individual members statewide.

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