MONROE, LA (August 14, 2005) -- Tommy Brennan capped off a final round comeback on Sunday by birdieing the first two holes in a sudden death playoff to best second round leader Robby McWilliams in the 14th annual Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship. Brennan, a resident of Covington, claimed this championship three previous times in 1995, 1996, and 1997.
Brennan entered the day at five-under par for the championship and trailed McWilliams, who led after the first two rounds, by two shots. After four holes, Brennan was still two shots back of McWilliams, a resident of Bossier City, as both players made two early birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. After a McWilliams bogey and a Brennan par on the par-4 fifth hole, only one shot separated the two. However, a birdie by McWilliams (No. 6) and two bogeys by Brennan (Nos. 6 and 7) created a four-shot gap after the outward nine. Each made an early bogey on the back nine before Brennan rolled in birdies on Nos. 13, 15, and 16. McWilliams made a bogey on the par-5 fourteenth, but countered Brennan’s birdie on No. 16. He then missed a par putt on No. 17 which put the pair in a tie heading into the final hole. Brennan was able to get up and down for par after hitting a tee shot that ended in the trees right of the fairway. McWilliams’ 25-foot birdie putt narrowly missed the hole setting up the sudden death playoff. Both players finished the championship at seven-under par 209.
After Brennan hit it close on the first playoff hole, McWilliams was forced to make a 20-foot birdie putt to have a chance at extending the playoff. The putt curled in and Brennan calmly knocked in his putt to head to the next hole. Both players hit their approach shots close, but only Brennan made his birdie putt on the second extra hole and was able to capture his fourth LGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
Rounding out the top-ten for this event are Billy Gabbert of Sulphur (215); Jeff Calloway of Baker and Will Daigle of Baton Rouge (216); Scott Sills of West Monroe, Scotty Free of Monroe, and Bart Dornier of Metairie (217); Steven Vogel of Madisonville (218); and Hal Wright of Shreveport, Johnny Futch of Monroe, and David Hebert of Lafayette (219).
Bayou DeSiard Country Club, a Ron Pritchard design located in Monroe, hosted this year’s event. Bayou DeSiard, which is always rated as one of the best layouts in the state, has gotten wonderful reviews from this field of the best players over age 25 in the state. The course played to a par of 72 and approximately 6,800 yards. Like the rest of the week, Sunday’s play was conducted under hot and humid conditions with few clouds, little breeze, and lots of sun.
The field was cut to the low 60 and ties after Saturday’s round with 63 players shooting 159 or better for 36 holes. The top-40 finishers from this year’s event will be exempt into the 2006 LGA Mid-Amateur Championship to be played at The University Club of Baton Rouge.
For complete scores and results, click on the tournament link above (amateurgolf.com membership requested).