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Louisiana State Amateur: Wells emerges

AVONDALE, La. (June 10, 2007)-– Heading into the final round of the Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship, many were in contention to win it all. At the end of the day, Chris Wells of Baton Rouge took home the crown by shooting a two-over par 74 and finishing with a total of two-over par 290.

The final holes saw a large group of players bunched together at the top, but it was the play of Wells, an LSU senior, in the final five holes that separated him from the pack. Wells put together birdies on holes 14 and 16 with mixed in.

Chasing him in the final holes was a contingent of the three players who tied for second. This included third round leader Tommy Brennan of Covington, B.C. Thibeaux of Lafayette, and defending champion Jason Kuperman of Shreveport. This was the second year in a row Brennan was runner-up in the tournament. His double bogey on the 9th set him back a bit and it was too much to overcome on the back nine. He still had a 10 foot putt for birdie on 18 to tie Wells, but it just slid by the hole to relegate him to still another runner-up finish.

Kuperman put on a valiant effort to defend his title, but missed a 20 foot putt on 18 to force a playoff also.

Thibeaux made the turn at two-under in good position, but lost a few shots on the back nine that kept him from the lead.

Robby Going of Lake Charles, who also played in the final group with Brennan and Wells on Sunday as well as in the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, shot a three-over par 75 on Sunday to finish alone in 5th.

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--Story courtesy LGA

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