ST. FRANCIS, La. (Aug. 4, 2013) -- Sunday’s final round at the 2013 Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship was one for the record books. Patrick Christovich of New Orleans fired a 68 at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville to win his fourth consecutive LGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Christovich, no stranger to the winner’s circle at LGA Championships, won this Championship in 2010 at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, in 2011 at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, and in 2012 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant. He is also the 2012 LGA Amateur Champion, a title he captured at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. Christovich joins Tommy Brennan (2005-2008) as the only other competitor to achieve the “four-peat” as LGA Mid-Amateur champion. Christovich’s win again solidifies his place as the best Amateur golfer over the age of 25 in Louisiana.
Christovich started the final round at three-under par, 141, one shot ahead of Colin Richwine of Marrero and Daniel Burger of New Orleans. The final pairing of the day teed off at 10:30 AM, and Christovich did not get off to an excellent start by his standards, but he played consistent golf and used his experience and shot-making abilities to separate himself from his fellow competitors. He never relinquished his lead Sunday. He made two pars to begin his round, on the par 4 1st hole and the par 5 2nd hole. Christovich bogied the par 4 3rd hole and made par at the par 3 4th hole. His first birdie came at the par 4 5th hole. He strung together three consecutive pars, then tacked on a birdie at the par 5 9th hole, which was playing 536 yards on Sunday. Christovich made the turn at one-under par 35, and four-under par for the championship, giving him a three shot lead over the rest of the field at that point.
There’s a reason Christovich has so many accolades as an Amateur golfer, and he showed his resolve again on Sunday when it mattered most. He made par on the par 4 10th and bogey on the par 4 11th. Christovich birdied the next two holes, the par 5 12th and the par 3 13th, jump starting his impressive back nine. He made par on the next two holes, the par 4 14th and 15th. He birdied the par 4 16th and made par on the par 3 17th. Christovich finished strong with a birdie on the par 5 18th, bringing his back nine total to 33 and his final round total to four-under par 68. Christovich finished at seven-under par 209 for the championship, besting runner-up and 2011 LGA Senior Amateur Champion Rod Baronet of Lecompte by five shots. Baronet shot a two-under par 70 on Sunday to finish at two-under par 214 for the Championship.
Rounding out the Top Ten are: T3. Cade Hebert of Rayne (71/215), T3. B.C. Thibeaux of Lafayette (72/215), 5. Brandon Aydlett of Metairie (74/218), 6. Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles (74/219), T7. Dustin Mire of Baton Rouge (69/220), T7. Bart Dornier of Metairie (75/220), T7. Chris Salter of Baton Rouge (71/220), and T7. Kenny Buchan of Monroe (73/220).
As the final round scores attest, The Bluffs Golf Resort course provided a fair and challenging test Sunday. It is a track that demands a premium on accuracy from competitors. Under par scores on Sunday were shot by: Christovich (68), Mire (69), Baronet (70), Hebert (71), Salter (71), Clay Blackburn of Shreveport (70), Thomas Goeke of Prairieville (70), and Jose Maruri of Metairie (71).
The Arnold Palmer designed Bluffs Golf Resort course is a wonderful layout with beautiful terrain, and LGA competitors always enjoy playing this fun track. The Bluffs Golf Resort course played to a par of 72 at approximately 6,803 yards. The 2014 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship will be at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant. Squire Creek hosted this championship in 2012, and it is also the site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
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