From The Louisiana Golf Association
ALEXANDRIA, Louis. (July 19, 2014) -- Four teams fired a seven-under par 65 Saturday at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria and lead the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke heading into Sunday’s final round. Those four teams are: KP Miles of Pineville and Justin Lowe of Pineville, Billy Gabbert of Sulphur and Shane Fontenot of Lake Charles, Rod Baronet of Lecompte and Jay Branham of Alexandria, John Humphries of Woodworth and Jason Humphries of St. Amant. Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs and Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge are currently in sole possession of fifth place at five-under par 67.
Miles and Lowe were the first team in clubhouse to fire a 65. They shot 33 on the front 9 and 32 on the back 9. Gabbert and Fontenot were the next team to card a 65, and they shot 32/33. 2012 LGA 4-Ball Champions, the Humphries brothers who both hail from the Alexandria area fired a 31 on the front 9 and a 34 on the back 9. The Humphries brothers have won other LGA accolades individually; John won the LGA Amateur in 2003 at Southern Trace, and Jason won the 1995 LGA Junior Amateur Championship at Alexandria G & CC. Rod Baronet, a member at OakWing and 2011 LGA Senior Amateur Champion, and his partner Jay Branham, shot a 35 on the front 9 and a 30 on the back 9 that included 5 straight birdies on holes 13-17.
The OakWing course absorbed 4 and half inches of rain in less than 24 hours between Thursday night and Friday afternoon, and the tournament committee decided that the solution in the best interest of the field was to play under the lift, clean, and place condition of competition for the first round. Saturday was an overcast day, and especially cool for this time of year. Players took advantage of the softer conditions brought on by the rain, and there were 19 total scores under par in the first round.
12 teams are within 5 shots of the leaders, and Sunday’s final round sets up for an exciting finish. The Jim Lipe designed OakWing track drew rave reviews from this field of the top Amateur players in the state. The greens were rolling nicely, and the golf course was well conditioned. OakWing played to a par 72 at approximately 6,845 yards.
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