Bob Cooper and Stan Humphries
LAKE CHARLES, LA (September 25, 2016) -- Like the Tour Championship at East Lake, the 2016 Louisiana Senior Four-Ball Championship at Lake Charles Country Club needed a playoff on Sunday to determine a winner. Bob Cooper and Stan Humphries of Monroe started the day with a three shot lead over Bill Stevens and Doug Quienalty of Lake Charles.
Both teams teed off in the final pairing of the day at 11:30 a.m. Cooper and Humphries shot a 7-under 65 while Stevens and Quienalty fired a blistering 10-under 62, the low round of the Championship, and both teams were tied for the lead at 16-under par 128 at the end of regulation.
A sudden death playoff commenced on the par-4 15th hole (425 yards), which was statistically the toughest hole of the championship, boasting a scoring average of 4.63. Stevens made a 15-foot putt for par and Cooper and Humphries both missed birdie putts inside 20 feet.
The par-3 16th hole was next, and it was playing 156 yards over water to a back right hole location. Humphries hit a 9-iron to about eight-feet, and drained to putt for birdie to win.
Cooper and Humphries both hail from Monroe, Louisiana and are members of Bayou DeSiard Country Club. This is Cooper’s fourth Louisiana Golf Association championship. He won the Senior Amateur in 2007 and 2010, and he captured the 2013 Louisiana Senior Four-Ball with partner Eddie Lyons of Shreveport.
This is Humphries first Louisiana Golf Association championship, but he is no stranger to competition, and he thrived under the pressure this weekend. Humphries is a former NFL quarterback, having played for the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers from 1988-1997. His golf game has really developed in the last five years, and he has been a mainstay in the top-20 at the Louisiana Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur Championships.
This wire-to-wire victory was a true team effort. In the first round, Humphries contributed six birdies and Cooper contributed three birdies en route to their 9-under par 63, and in Sunday’s final round, Humphries carded two birdies and Cooper had four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 7th. There was a brief rain shower from 1:10 to 1:25 p.m., but the storm cell blew over and play was never suspended. When the sun reappeared, it was a perfect afternoon for golf with temperatures in mid-80's and a slight breeze.
The Louisiana Golf Association also conducted a concurrent Super Senior 4-Ball Championship for competitors who are 65-years of age and older. The Super Seniors played from a forward set of tees at approximately 6,000 yards.
Frank Brame of Alexandria and Corky Yates of Pineville won the Super Senior division after firing bookend 66's and finishing at 12-under par 132. Brame and Yates are both former Louisiana Golf Association Board of Directors and members at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria.
Glenn Granger and Ben Holcombe, both of Sulphur finished runner-up in the Super Senior division. They shot a final round 8-under 64, the low in the Super Seniors, to finish at 11-under par 133.
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