Louisiana Mid: Nicholas Weathers Delays

LAFAYETTE, LA (August 9, 2009)--Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles survived four weather suspensions on Sunday to fire an even par 72 and take the title by four shots over Kevin Morvant of Houma. Nicholas ended the week at five-under par 211 with Morvant finishing four shots back at one-under 215.

Nicholas shot two-under par 34 on the front nine, including three consecutive birdies on #6, #7, and #8 after the second weather delay. Taking a two shot lead into the final round, he fell into a tie for the lead with Kevin Morvant of Houma after five holes on Sunday, a result of birdies on #2 and #4 sandwiched around a bogey on #3 by Morvant and a Nicholas bogey on #5. Nicholas quickly took control again with his birdie string on 6, 7, and 8. Morvant then took a quintuple-bogey eight on the par-three ninth hole, hitting two balls into the water that fronts the green. Even though Nicholas bogeyed #9 he held an eight-shot lead over Morvant with just nine holes to play.

Nicholas quickly let Morvant back in the game with a double bogey six on the short par-four 10th, and with Morvant making birdies on both #10 and #11, the Nicholas lead slipped to four heading into the final six holes. After matching pars on #12, Morvant birdied #13 and #14 and with a Nicholas bogey on #14 the lead was one with four holes left. Nicholas righted the ship by making birdie on the par three 15th. A Morvant bogey there got Nicholas back on top by three, but Morvant wasn’t done yet as he birdied the tough par-four 16th, his fifth birdie in seven holes on the backside. However, when Nicholas hit his tee shot to within a foot on #17, his birdie coupled with a Morvant bogey there sealed the deal. Bothe players parred the last and Nicholas had his first Louisiana Golf Association Championship.

Robby Going of Lake Charles, Patrick Christovich of New Orleans, Brett Guillot of Broussard, and Robert Shelton of Lafayette finished in a tie for third at one-over par 217, Going firing the day’s best round, a four-under par 68. Rounding out the Top Ten were: Tied for seventh, John Talley of St. Martinville and Garrett Theriot of Broussard at two-over 218; and Tied for ninth, John Davis of Lafayette, Bill Land of Lafayette, Rod Baronet of LeCompte, Eddie Lyons of Shreveport, and Robby McWilliams of Bossier City at three-over 219.

Others rounds of par or better on Sunday were shot by Christovich (71), Guillot (71), Talley (71), Land (71), John Thames of Bossier City (71), Charles Schilling of Lafayette (71), Daniel Berger of New Orleans (71), Scott Foreman of Mandeville (71), McWilliams (72), Lyons (72), and Dennis Smith of Lafayette (72).

Playing to a par of 72 at 6,900 yards on Sunday, the Dick Wilson-designed Oakbourne CC track continued to draw accolades from this field of the best 25 years of age and older players in Louisiana. Sunday’s play was conducted under a bit less humid conditions than earlier in the week although, as mentioned, play was suspended four separate times for a total of three and a half hours as Oakbourne CC seemed to draw the pop-up storms prevalent in south Louisiana this time of year.

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