McCusker holds four-shot lead at Louisiana Senior Amateur
-Story courtesy of the Louisiana Golf Association
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (August 22, 2014) — Robert McCusker of Baton Rouge fired a three-under par 68 Friday in the second round of the 2014 Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville.
McCusker started the second round two shots off the lead, and after the stellar 68, he takes a four shot lead into Saturday’s final round. Tied for second at one-over par are Page Breaux of St. Gabriel and Bill Land of Lafayette.
McCusker started at 12:36 PM, and his round included five birdies and one bogey. He made par on the par 4 1st hole, and then followed that with a birdie on the par 5 2nd hole. McCusker made 4 consecutive pars then another birdie at the par 3 7th hole. Two more pars, and he made the turn at two-under par 34. McCusker made par at the par 4 10th hole, then his lone bogey of the day at the par 4 11th. He responded well with back-to-back birdies at the par 5 12th hole and the par 3 14th. McCusker tacked on hree straight pars at holes 14-16, then added another birdie at the par 3 17th. He made a par on the par 5 18th hole to finish at 68 on the day.
As previously mentioned, this year’s Championship is being held at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville. The Arnold Palmer designed course drew rave reviews from this field of the top Senior players in Louisiana. The Bluffs played to a par of 72 at approximately 6,505 yards on Thursday. Saturday’s play will begin at 7:30 AM off the first tee, with the leaders teeing off last at 10:30 AM.
The field was cut to the low 60 and ties after second round play on Friday. The LGA also conducted a Super Senior Championship (65 years of age and older) over 36 holes, and Les O’Neal of Denham Springs won the Super Senior Championship. O’Neal shot 73-71 to finish at even par 144 for the Championship. O’Neal won a playoff over Russ Gaudin of Baton Rouge who also finished at even par 144. The playoff was decided on the par 4 first hole; O’Neal made par and Gaudin made a bogey. Frank Brame of Alexandria shot the low round of Super Senior division on Friday, a three-under par 69, and finished in third place. Super Senior competitors played from a forward set of tees.
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