Lousiana Mid-Am: Seth Dufrene wins playoff for title
2017 Louisiana Mid-Am Champion Seth Dufrene
2017 Louisiana Mid-Am Champion Seth Dufrene

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 6, 2017) - Patrick Christovich finishing at the top of the field in medal play at the Louisiana Mid-Amateur should come as no surprise to anyone following golf in the Bayou State. He won it four times in a row after all (from 2010-2013) and excelled on the national level as well.

That Seth Dufrene would finish tied at the top isn't surprising either, as he is one of the state's top Mid-Am players, and just two weeks removed from a victory with Justin Lowe at the Lousiana Four-Ball.

That win, at English Turn, included a rain delay that resulted in it taking over 23 hours to complete the first round of play. The experience of waiting it out would serve Dufrene well.

The Luling resident finished his second round on Saturday (before a huge storm hit the area) in dramatic fashion. He started on No. 10, grabbed his first birdie on the par-5 11th, then suffered a triple bogey on the 213-yard par 3 14th. Coming off a 1-under 71 in the first round, Dufrene was now 1-over par for the tournament.

What happened next was the kind of run that wins golf tournaments.

First, Dufrene bounced back immediately with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. And when he made the turn to the front nine, the red numbers kept coming -- 5 more of them for a 31 and total score of 5-under 67. That's seven birdies in a 13-hole span.

And then play was delayed. A torrential rainstorm hit New Orleans so hard that a total of 9 inches of rain soaked New Orleans on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. It's a miracle anymore golf was played, and no surprise that the tournament was forced to be shortened from 54 to 36 holes.

According to a Louisiana G.A. story:

"It is a testament to the well-constructed golf course and especially to the grounds crew, led by Superintendent Ryan McCavitt, that play was able to resume at 12:00 PM on Sunday with playable conditions."

When the scores were tallied, it was Christovich, the four-time champ, and Dufrene at the top, and it took four extra holes to settle the score. This one went to Dufrene, who is having a fine season in Lousiana. If there is another rain delay, look out for him, he's two-for-two.

Dufrene, 29, played college golf for The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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ABOUT THE Louisiana Mid-Amateur

The Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship is a 54 hole event for Louisiana residents 25 years of age or older. Entries are open to any Louisiana resident (as of at least 90 days prior to August 4, 2017) who is an amateur golfer holding membership in a LGA member club in good standing. Entrants must possess a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.0 or less.

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