NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (Aug. 7, 2011) -- Patrick Christovich of New Orleans started the day three strokes up on the field and methodically pulled away to take his second consecutive Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship by nine shots over runner-up Brent Struthers of Baton Rouge.
T.C. Ford of Mandeville and Harlan Bush of New Orleans, tied for second entering final round play and paired with Christovich, simply couldn’t keep up as Christovich shot a one-under par 35 on the front nine with birdies on #5 and #9 sandwiched around a bogey five on #7. Struthers, playing in the group just ahead of Christovich tried to mount an early charge with birdies on #1 and #4 but Christovich started the day just too far ahead and wasn’t about to come back to the pack. He put the Championship out of reach with birdies on #11 and #12, then finished off his day with a birdie on #16 and two closing pars to shoot four-under par 68 on Sunday for a 54-hole total of eleven-under par 205.
Struthers finished with an even par 72 on Sunday to shoot two-under 214, with Ford ending up in third place alone at one-under par 215 after a 75 Sunday.
Rounding out the Top Ten were: Tied for Fourth, Todd McPherson of New Orleans, Cade Hebert of Rayne, and 2009 Champion Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles at even par 216; Seventh, Grady Brame of Hammond at +1/217; Tied for Eighth, Brad Landry of Scott and Robbie Rhodes of Slidell at +3/219, and Tied for Tenth, Jeremy Guilbeau of Port Sulphur and Chris Donaldson of Metairie at +4/220.
Playing to a par of 72 at 6,900 yards on Sunday, the Jack Nicklaus-designed English Turn G & CC track continued to play longer than its measured length due to the inordinate amount of rainfall in the New Orleans area over the last month. Sunday’s play was again conducted under extremely hot and humid conditions but without the threat of thunderstorms that plagued the Championship on Friday.
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