Louisiana State Am: Loupe Wins in Playoff
NEW ORLEANS, LA (June 7, 2009)--Seventy-two holes couldn’t decide a Champion, so Andrew Loupe and Ken Looper played a little longer. After finishing Sunday’s final round tied at eleven-under par 277, they headed back to the 16th tee at English Turn Golf & Country Club to determine a winner in the 2009 Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Looper’s tee shot found the waste area right of the fairway and nestled up against the edge, giving him an extremely difficult stance, facing the huge bunker fronting the green on the 430-yard par-four hole. Loupe’s drive was also right but found the first cut of rough with a decent lie. Looper elected to pitch out and give himself a chance at an up-and-down par, while Loupe hit his second 18 feet behind the hole. Looper’s third ended 12 feet out, with a realistic chance to save par. With Looper lining up his par putt, Loupe rolled his 18 footer for birdie in the back of the hole, ending a battle royale that played out over the final 36 holes of this, the 90th edition of this Championship.
Mandeville’s Looper, who had won two collegiate tournaments this spring representing the University of New Orleans, entered the day with a two shot lead over LSU golfer Loupe, of Baton Rouge, and Louisiana Tech golfer Matthew Harvey of Ruston. Loupe started out like a house afire, making birdies on #2, #4, and #5 to catch Looper, who had also birdied #4, almost before the round had begun. A bogey on the par five 6th temporarily gave the lead back to Looper, but Loupe followed that bogey with another birdie on #7 to vault back into a tie. Harvey, who had also birdied the 2nd hole to close within one of the lead, double bogeyed the short par four 4th to create an uphill climb for himself the rest of the day.
Loupe and Looper made the turn tied for the lead at ten-under par, with Harvey three shots back. A birdie on #11 by Loupe gave him his first lead of the day, but when Looper stuck his second shot within a foot and a half on #13 to make birdie, they were again tied. Four consecutive pars on #14 through #17 set the stage for the long par four finishing hole. Looper hit a great second to 12 feet, with Loupe finding the back bunker with his second. Blasting out to 15 feet, Loupe faced a must make for par which he drained, forcing Looper to make his 12 footer for birdie to secure the title. His putt slid by setting the stage for the extra hole. Loupe finished the day with a four-under par 68, while Looper shot a two-under 70.
Harvey finished alone in third, shooting a one-under par 71 on Sunday for a 72-hole total of eight-under par 280.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were: Marc Noel of Abbeville (T4/286), Patrick Christovich of New Orleans (T4/286), defending champion Jarrod Barsamian of Baton Rouge (T6/288), Cody Santone of Haughton (T6/288), Eddie Brescher of Pontchatoula (T6/288), and Robby McWilliams of Bossier City (T6/288).
Other under par rounds on Sunday were turned in by Barsamian (68), Brescher (69), McWilliams (70), and Cory Vincent of Sulphur (71).
English Turn G & CC, the Jack Nicklaus design on New Orleans’ West Bank that hosted the New Orleans PGA Tour event for many years, played to a par of 72 at just over 7,050 yards on Sunday. The final round was played under gorgeous conditions, with clear skies and a mild breeze, the course again drawing rave reviews from this field of the top amateur players in Louisiana.
English Turn will also host the 2010 LGA Four-Ball Championship and the 2011 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
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