Louisiana Four-Ball: Playoff Win for Luminais and Leblanc

NEW ORLEANS, LA (July 18, 2010)--Steve Luminais of Reserve and Jay Leblanc of Montz took home the Louisiana Golf Association 4-Ball Championship on Sunday at English Turn G & CC, besting 2008 Champions Tommy Brennan of Covington and Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.

The first playoff hole (#18) was halved with pars. Brennan then hit his second shot to the par four 16th hole to seven feet and Luminais followed by hitting his second inside of Brennan, to five feet. Brennan’s putt slid by the hole, setting the stage for Luminais to end the suspense by knocking his squarely into the hole.

Playing one group ahead of Luminais and Leblanc, the Brennan/Sanchez team struggled on the front side Sunday. After Sanchez birdied the first two holes, they played the last seven holes on the front one-over par, turning in 35. After a par on #10, Brennan eagled the par-five 11th and birdied the short par-three 12th. Sanchez then birdied #13 and after a team bogey on #14, he also birdied #15 and #17. A finishing par brought them in with a five-under 31 on the back for their second consecutive 66.

Luminais and Leblanc put together bookend 33s, their day beginning with a birdie/eagle start on #1 and #2. All pars to finish the front allowed them to turn at 3-under par. Birdies on #10 (Luminais) and #11 (Leblanc) and #16 and #17 (Luminais) were sandwiched around their only bogey of the day at #15. A closing par on the difficult 471-yard par four 18th brought them in at 66.

Rounding out the Top Five teams, and ending in a tie for third place were: Eddie Seabaugh and Tim Wilhite of Bossier City 68/65-133, Tyler Ledet of Alexandria and Jason Noto of Luling 67/66-133, and Justin Sevier of Shreveport and Brandon Aydlett of River Ridge 67/66-133, all finishing one shot out of the playoff.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed track was in great condition for this field of the top players in the state. It played to a par of 72 on Sunday at just over 6,850 yards and continued to draw rave reviews from the field. The field dodged the thunderstorms that plague south Louisiana this time of year, most of Sunday’s weather staying just west of English Turn.

English Turn G & CC hosted last year’s LGA Amateur Championship and will also serve as host to the LGA Mid-Amateur in August of 2011.

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