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Louisiana Senior Am: Baronet wins by three

BATON ROUGE, L.A. (August 20, 2011) -- Rod Baronet of LeCompte captured the 2011 Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship on Saturday, fending off the hard-charging Tommy Brennan of Covington by three shots with a final round one-over par 73. He finished at four-under 212, with Brennan’s final round four-under par 68 bringing him in at one-under 215.

Heading into the day eight shots clear of the field, he increased his lead to nine with a birdie on the first hole but by the end of the front nine Brennan had closed the lead to five, having made birdies on holes #2, #8, and #9. Baronet birdied the sixth, but bogeys on #7 and #9 set the stage for an interesting back nine.

Brennan birdied the short par four 12th to get within four, but Baronet got that shot back with a birdie of his own on #13. After exchanging bogeys on #14 and pars on #15, Brennan went par/birdie on #16 and #17 to pick up two more shots as Baronet went bogey/par. That cut the lead to three and when they both parred the par four 18th, Baronet had his first Senior Amateur title.

Finishing alone in third after consecutive rounds of 71 the last two days was Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge (220). Fourth place went to defending Champion Bob Cooper of Monroe (221), with Jim Adams of Baton Rouge and Frank Maxwell of Delhi tying for fifth at 222.

Scores of par or better on Saturday were turned in by Brennan (68), Sanchez (71), Adams (71), 2009 Champion Doug Farr of Monroe (71), Maxwell (72), Hal Wright of Shreveport (72), Grady Brame of Hammond (72), and Will Dees of Baton Rouge (72).

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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