Louisiana Mid-Am: Christovich Wins by 6
SHREVEPORT, LA (August 8, 2010)--Patrick Christovich of New Orleans started the day four strokes up on the field and quickly put the Championship out of reach over the first few holes, reaching the par five first hole in two for an easy two-putt birdie to stretch the lead to five over eventual runner-up Robby McWilliams of Bossier City. Birdies on the long par four seventh and the par five eighth got him to three-under on the day. A finishing par on #9 brought him to the turn at three-under 33 and an eight-shot lead over McWilliams, who shot one-over 37 on the front, and first-round leader Burt Allen of Shreveport, who turned in one-under 35.
Playing somewhat conservatively on the back nine, Christovich made consecutive bogeys on #12 and #13, also making bogey on the long par four 15th. Birdies on the two backside par fives, the 14th and 18th, brought him in at 37 for a two-under par 70 on the day. McWilliams finished at even par 72, shooting one-under 35 on the back. This is the fourth time in the last six years that McWilliams has finished as runner-up in this Championship. Christovich ended the week at 13-under par 203 with McWilliams finishing six shots back at seven-under 209.
Bob Cooper of Monroe, Billy Gabbert of Sulphur, and Daniel Berger of New Orleans finished in a tie for third at three-under par 213.
Rounding out the Top Ten were: Sixth/Chad Bailey of Ruston at one-under 215; Tied for Seventh/Burt Allen of Shreveport and Robert Shelton of Lafayette at even par 216; and Tied for Ninth/John Talley of St. Martinville, Eddie Lyons of Shreveport, and Rod Baronet of LeCompte at one-over par 217.
Other under par rounds on Sunday were shot by: Bailey (69), Talley (69), Lyons (70), Berger (71), and Preston Smith of Monroe (71).
Playing to a par of 72 at 6,900 yards on Sunday, the Arthur Hills-designed Southern Trace 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 again conducted under extremely hot and humid conditions but without the threat of thunderstorms that plagued the Championship on Friday and Saturday.
Next year's LGA Mid-Amateur will be held at English Turn G & CC in New Orleans.
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