MONROE, LA (Aug. 16, 2013) — Darell Benoit of Belle Chasse fired a two-under par 70 on Friday to take the lead at the Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship. Benoit, who captured this title in 2005 at The Bluffs Golf Resort, is seeking to become the seventh player to win the LGA Senior Amateur Championship multiple times. The golf course played tough for the top Senior golfers in the state, with only four scores under par shot all day. Benoit takes a two shot lead over Sandy Brasher of Covington into Saturday’s final round.
Benoit began the day tied for the lead with Page Breaux of St. Gabriel at two-under par. They started their round at 12;36 off hole #1. Benoit, who finished his first round with 5 consecutive birdies, took that momentum into his 2nd round. He bogied the par 4 1st hole but did not let that deter him. He responded with 5 straight pars followed by back-to-back birdies at the par 5 6th hole and the par 4 7th hole. Benoit made par at the par 4 8th hole and a birdie at the par 3 9th and made the turn at two-under par 34. He even par golf on the back nine with a bogies at the par 4 12th hole and the par 3 17th. He cancelled those bogies out with birdies at the par 3 15th and the par 4 18th where he had chipped in for birdie the day before.
Rounding out the Top 5 are: 2. Brasher (71/142), T3. Ben Hargis of Alexandria (72/145), T3. Pete Theo of Covington (72/145), and T3. Johnny Futch of Monroe (71/145).
Under par scores were shot by: Benoit (70/140), Brasher (71/142), Futch (71/145), and Kyle Dejean of Opelousas (71/153).
The shot of the day goes to Ben Thibeaux of Lafayette who made a 2 on the par 4 5th hole, which was playing 385 yards. Thibeaux hit a 117 yard wedge for the eagle.
As previously mentioned, this year’s Championship is being held at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe. The Bayou DeSiard golf course drew rave reviews from this field of the top Senior players in Louisiana. The Perry Maxwell designed course played to a par of 72 at approximately 6,799 yards on Friday. The field was cut to the top 60 and ties following the conclusion of the 2nd round. Saturday’s final round will begin at 7:30 AM with the leaders going off the first tee at 10:30 AM.
The LGA also conducted a Super Seniors Championship the first two days over 36 holes. Mike Rasco, a member of Bayou DeSiard Country Club, shot bookend rounds of 73 to win the Super Seniors Championship by seven strokes on his home track.
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