Louisiana Senior: Baronet leads by eight

BATON ROUGE, Louis. (Aug. 19, 2011) -- Rod Baronet of LeCompte could have taken a huge ten-shot lead into the final round at the 22nd edition of the Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship but bogeyed the last two holes on Friday. Don’t feel too bad for Baronet however, even with the two aforementioned bogeys, he still shot a six-under par 66 and leads Tommy Brennan of Covington by eight shots with 18 holes left to play. Baronet stands at five-under par 139 through 36 holes; Brennan is at three-over 147 after his one-over par 73 on Friday.

First round leader and defending Champion Bob Cooper of Monroe shot five-over par 77 to share third place with Luke Scobel of Mandeville and 2005 Champion Darrel Benoit of Belle Chasse. Scobel shot 73 on Friday while Benoit fired an even-par 72. Rounding out the Top Ten through 36 holes are: T6. Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge, Randy Goff of St. Francisville, and 2003 Champion Eddie Lyons of Shreveport (five-over par 149); 9. Frank Maxwell of Delhi (six-over par 150); and T10. Mitch Sexton of Mandeville, Mark Graff of Boyce, and Jim Adams of Baton Rouge (seven-over par 151)

Baronet, playing in the last group of the day with Cooper and Lyons, got off to a blazing start with birdies on six of his first ten holes (#1, #3, #5, #7, #8, and #10). Birdies on #15 and #16 got him to eight-under on the day, before his consecutive bogey finish.

Under par scores on Friday were turned in by Baronet (66), Maxwell (71), and Sanchez (71).

The shot of the day was struck by Ron Michelli of Baton Rouge as he knocked a seven-iron into the hole on the 157-yard par three 16th.

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