The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) has announced a continued partnership with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Fore!Kids Foundation. This partnership between the governing body of amateur golf in Louisiana and the state’s only PGA TOUR event will serve to strengthen the game of golf in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
The Zurich Classic will be played April 26-29 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, a collaborative design between Pete Dye, Steve Elkington and New Orleans native Kelly Gibson about 15 minutes from the French Quarter. This year’s tourney will once again feature a two-man team format that consists of two days of foursome and two days of four-ball competition to determine the winning team. The format is exclusively played at the Zurich Classic and it was a huge hit for competitors and fans alike last year. The event continues to garner widespread interest among PGA TOUR members and resulted in several high-profile commitments. 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia is partnering with Rafael Cabrera-Bello for an all Spanish team. Bubba Watson, who contributed $100,000 to the Katrina recovery with caddie Ted Scott, from Lafayette, La. and Matt Kuchar will represent Georgia and Ga.Tech as a couple. Neighbors, 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson and Olympic Gold medalist Justin Rose, who won the 2015 Zurich, will partner up.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a first-class event that raises a tremendous amount of money for children’s charities. It is a tournament that embodies the spirit of the game in our state: historic, competitive and fun,” said LGA Executive Director Logan Ray. “Both the LGA and the Zurich Classic strive to grow the game and to give back to it as well, so it makes sense for us to work together. We are also pleased to be able to offer LGA members additional value-added benefits as a result of this partnership.”
The LGA strongly encourages its members to volunteer for the Zurich Classic as there is a tremendous volunteer package full of perks. PGA TOUR events cannot be successful without the assistance of volunteers. The link to get information on the volunteer program is ZurichGolfClassic.com/volunteer-info.
The LGA will be on site at TPC Louisiana for the April 25 practice round all the way through the end of the tournament. The organization will be manning a booth at FanFest, located to the left of the 18th fairway. At that booth there will be numerous prize giveaway contests so golfers are encouraged to visit. The LGA would like to thank Fore!Kids Foundation CEO and Zurich Classic Tournament Director Steve Worthy, Chris Kenyon, Megan Carroll and the rest of the Foundation staff for their vision and efforts in helping to create this partnership. TPC Louisiana, an Audubon Golf Trail member, has hosted a handful of Louisiana Golf Association championships over the years. For more info on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, log onto www.ZurichGolfClassic.com.
In other news, the Web.com Tour just completed their Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER at the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard. Argentina’s 29 year old Julian Etelain won for the first time in the USA after 73 starts. The Chitimacha has contributed over $4.65 million to charities in Acadiana in the southwest of the Bayou State over the 26 years it has been played. Congratulations Julian.