Louisiana Four-Ball: Patin, Lekvold win title
From the Louisiana Golf Association

ALEXANDRIA, Louis. (July 20, 2014) -- Four teams entered the final round of the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship Sunday at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria tied for first place at seven-under par 65, but Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs and of Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge emerged victorious. Patin and Lakvold saved their best golf for the final round and fired the low round of the tournament, a nine-under par 63 to finish at fifteen-under par 129 for the Championship and win by two strokes over Chuck Spears of Pineville and Frank Brame of Alexandria.

Patin and Lakvold played excellent team golf, each contributing their share of birdies on Sunday. Lakvold jumpstarted the Champions’ round with consecutive birdies on the par 4 1st hole and the par 5 2nd hole. Patin added a par at the par 4 3rd and Lakvold made par at the par 3 4th. Patin made a strong contribution on the next 4 holes, going birdie-birdie-par-birdie, and Lakvold would cap off their front 9 with a par on the par 5 9th, and they made the turn at five-under par 31. Patin started the back 9 in blazing fashion with a birdie at the par 3 10th and another birdie at the par 4 11th. After Patin made par at the par 4 12th hole, Lakvold picked up a crucial birdie at the par 4 13th, which was playing approximately 440 yards, and was the second most difficult hole on Sunday. Patin would add a birdie at the par 4 15th hole and make par on all the others coming in, bringing their team total on Sunday to nine-under par 63. This win was especially sweet for the duo from the Baton Rouge area who finished 4th in last year’s LGA Four-Ball Championship.

The team of Chuck Spears and Frank Brame, both of whom are members at OakWing, gave a valiant effort in their final round by shooting a 64, but came up two strokes short. Rounding out the top 5 are: T3. Billy Gabbert of Sulphur & Shane Fontenot of Lake Charles (65-67 / 132), T3. 2012 LGA 4-Ball Champions John Humphries of Woodworth and Jason Humphries of St. Amant (65-67 / 132), 5. KP Miles of Pineville and Justin Lowe of Pineville (65-68 / 133).

Conditions were ideal for scoring in Sunday’s final round. The OakWing course was playing firmer than it did the previous day, and the greens were still soft after the substantial rain that hit the Alexandria area a few days prior, but they were rolling incredibly smooth, and Sunday’s weather was overcast and cool in the morning, with little to no wind, and temperatures reaching the low 80’s by the afternoon. The Jim Lipe designed OakWing track drew rave reviews from this field of the top Amateur players in the state. The golf course was in wonderful condition and played to a par 72 at approximately 6,845 yards.

ABOUT THE Louisiana Four-Ball

Field/Format: Limited to the first 80 team entries. All teams will play 36 holes of Four-Ball stroke play (scratch/no handicaps) over two days.

Eligibility: Entries are open to any Louisiana resident (as of at least 90 days prior to the Championship) who is an amateur golfer (as defined by the USGA) holding membership in a LGA Member Club in good standing.

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