Louisiana Senior Amateur: Davis claims first senior title
LAFAYETTE, LA (August 19, 2006) -- Playing in the final group of the day with the second round leader, Eddie Lyons of Shreveport, and Monroe's Doug Farr, Davis played his first nine holes in one-over par 37. He started his round with five straight pars before a bogey at the par-4 6th. He then rebounded on the next hole with a birdie at the par-5 7th, but gave it back at the eighth. Davis was able to convert a long putt for bogey on the tenth to drop to even-par for the tournament, and then drained an eagle putt on the par-5 11th to get back to two-under. After pars on #12-17, Davis came into the last hole with a two-shot cushion. His drive went through the fairway on the left side and he had to negotiate a tree on his backswing to advance the ball towards the green. His shot finished left of the putting surface and from there he was able to knock it on the green and two-putt for his victory.
Two groups in front of Davis was Lafayette's Dennis Smith who posted the low round of the day with a one-under par 71. Like Davis, Smith also played his first nine holes in one-over par after bogeys at #1 and 6 and a birdie at the par-5 seventh. Smith then rolled in birdies on #11 and 17 before lipping out on a fifteen-foot putt for birdie on the eighteenth. Smith finished the tournament at even-par 216.
Lyons, the 2003 LGA Senior Amateur Champion, struggled with his round on Saturday and finished two-shots back of Davis after a 76. That put him at one-over par 217 for the tournament. Lafayette's Robert Shelton was in the hunt at one-under par for the tournament through 14 holes, but a bogey, double-bogey run on #14 and 15 prevented him from making a run at his first senior crown. He finished three back of Davis at two-over par 218.
Rounding out the top-ten for the championship were: Ben Hargis, Alexandria (T-5, 75--220); Doug Farr, Monroe (T-5, 78--220); Darell Benoit, Belle Chasse (7th, 75--221); Mark Tolson, Lafayette (8th, 74--224); Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge (T-9, 74--224); Frank Brame, Alexandria (T-9, 75--224); and Sid Harp, Donaldsonville (T-9, 81--224).
This year's event was held in Lafayette at Oakbourne Country Club. The course was designed by Dick Wilson in the early 1950's and played to a par of 72 at 6,700 yards for the championship. This field is the largest in the history of this event and the course was in immaculate shape for the best senior players in the state.
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