Busby rallies to win Louisiana Mid-Amateur on first playoff hole
Derek Busby (LGA photo)
It was an exciting final round of the 28th Louisiana Mid-Amateur Championship at Squire Creek Country Club. Derek Busby of Ruston won a sudden death playoff over Greg Berthelot of Baton Rouge to take the title in dramatic fashion.
Busby, a member at Squire Creek Country Club, carded rounds of 68-69-71 to finish the championship at 8-under 208. Berthelot saved his best for last and fired a 5-under par 67 in Sunday’s final round to force the playoff. The playoff commenced on the par 4 18th hole (456 yards) where Busby had missed an eight-foot birdie putt to win in regulation.
Busby was undeterred, however, and crushed his drive down the center of the fairway and then hit his approach to 15 feet below the hole. There was no doubt about the championship-clinching birdie putt the second time around, and Busby sank it with authority to win the first playoff hole.
Busby, the 2017 LGA Amateur Champion, becomes the sixth player all time to win both the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships.
“There are different ways to win,” said Busby. “When I won the State Am, I got really hot with the putter and kind of ran away with it. To win this championship, it tested a different part of me. That was being patient, something I obviously learned as I have gotten older. Today was just a battle of patience for me.”
It was truly special for Busby to win on his home track Squire Creek.
Douglas Dupont of Monroe finished in third place at seven-under par 209 (73-68-68). Nine total competitors finished under par through 54 holes
ABOUT THE Louisiana Mid-Amateur
The Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur
Championship is a 54 hole event for Louisiana
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
Entrants must possess a certified USGA Handicap
of 8.0 or less.
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