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.

ABOUT THE Louisiana Senior Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to any Louisiana resident (as of at least 90 days prior to the Championship) who is an amateur golfer (as defined by the USGA) holding membership in a LGA member club in good standing (2017 club and individual dues must be paid). Entrants must be 50 years of age and possess a certified USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or less.

Format: Overall Championship will be conducted over 54 holes. In addition to the Overall Championship, there is a Super Senior division for those participants who are 65 years of age and older. Super Seniors will play from a forward set of tees and compete only in the Super Senior division. Any Senior over 65 may elect to play in the Overall competition but, in doing so, is precluded from participation in the Super Seniors division. For the Senior Amateur, the Super Senior division is a 36 hole event with a discounted entry fee.

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