Winners Aydlett and McPherson (LGA photo)
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Brandon Aydlett of Metairie and Todd McPherson of New Orleans pulled off a comeback for the ages Sunday at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. They started the final round four shots back of the 18 hole leaders, and they fired a blistering nine-under par 63, the low round of the tournament, to win the 2015 Louisiana Golf Association Four-Ball Championship by one stroke over Billy Gabbert of Sulphur and Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles. Both members of the Championship team are members at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.
Aydlett was the 2014 USGA State Team low medalist and McPherson is always a mainstay atop the leaderboard at LGA events. They were able to stave off the talented field of competitors in the popular 4-Ball format through their determination and teamwork. Their final total for the Championship was thirteen-under par 131.
Aydlett and McPherson started their round at 11:00 AM, an hour ahead of the final group of the day. McPherson got the team off to a solid start with a par at the par 4 1st hole. Aydlett, known for his ability to drive the ball far, took advantage of the par 5s all weekend at English Turn. He made his first birdie of the day at the par 5 2nd hole, which was playing 539 yards on Sunday. Aydlett made a par at the par 3 3rd hole, and both competitors made a par at the par 4 4th hole. McPherson made a birdie at the par 4 5th hole, and they both made par at the par 5 6th hole. The par 4 7th hole was where Aydlett and McPherson garnered momentum. Both team members made a birdie on #7, and McPherson followed that up with a birdie at the par 3 8th hole. Aydlett then added a birdie at the par 4 9th hole, and the hometown team made the turn at five-under par 31.
Aydlett continued the birdie streak by making two consecutive birdies at the par 4 10th hole and the par 5 11th hole. McPherson then added another birdie at the par 3 12th hole. They finally made a par on the par 4 13th hole. When it was all said and done, the “birdie fest” shaped out like this: six birdies in a row on holes 7 through 12. Since they both birdied the 7th hole, McPherson had three birdies and Aydlett had four birdies in that incredible stretch in the middle of their round. Aydlett would go on to make another birdie on the par 4 16th hole and four pars on the remaining holes, including the toughest hole of the day, the par 4 18th.
The victory was especially sweet for Aydlett and McPherson who missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Qualifier by one stroke in March. When asked about the epic final round performance, Aydlett said, “It was a true team effort today.”
Gabbert and Nicholas gave a valiant effort but it was just a little too late. The duo from Lake Charles CC finished runner up after shooting a 37 on the front nine and a 30 on their back nine Sunday. Rounding out the top 5 are: T3. Darrell Lakvold of Baton Rouge and Blaine Patin of Greenwell Springs (133), T3. Chris Donaldson and Robert Emmett of New Orleans (133), and 5. Scott Gottsche and Price Butcher of New Orleans (134).
The Jack Nicklaus designed English Turn track drew rave reviews from this field of the top Amateur players in the state. The greens were rolling nicely at just over 11 on the stimpmeter, and the golf course was well conditioned. English Turn played to a par 72 at approximately 6,800 yards.
The weather was gorgeous again Sunday in New Orleans, with temperatures in the low to mid-90s and a Heat Index of over 100. There was a slight breeze throughout the day at English Turn.
Next year’s Championship will be conducted at The National GC of Louisiana in Lake Charles.
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