Metairie, LA. – The Louisiana PGA Team squeaked by the Mississippi PGA Team in this year’s Mackel Cup. Team Louisiana won the Mackel Cup for the fourth year in a row. The late Frank Mackel who was known as the “godfather of golf” in New Orleans inspired the event. The tournament was co-hosted by the new Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course and New Orleans Country Club on January 7-8.
The Gulf States PGA Louisiana and Mississippi Chapter Player of the Year Points Standings determined players on each team.
The teams participated in Four-ball matches during the first day, followed by singles matches on the final day of competition. One point was awarded for winning each nine as well as the top overall score, with a possible total of three points per day per match.
Day one, at Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course, was fought in gusty winds and ended with a Team Louisiana 11-10 lead. Day two, at New Orleans Country Club, was canceled due to inclement weather.
Jake Narro served as the Captain of the Louisiana Team, which consisted of Dustin Baker, Reg Adams, Emlyn Aubrey, Obie Agbasi, Drew Goff, Allan Martel, J.T. Crawford, Marshall Saxon, Blake Thomas, Bobby Jacks, Gavin Vegas, Justin Mann and Bobby Flanagan.
Olly Thomson served as the Captain of the Mississippi Team, which consisted of Blake Hatfield, David Lee, Leigh Brannan, Anthony Price, Reed Hughes, Kevin Kelly, Matt Brunetz, Joseph Hanko, Theo Reshew, Nick Ellison, Rick Gehr, Nathan Kitson and Tim Basel.
The Gulf States Section PGA would like to thank Brian Long and Alex Abbruzza and Bayou Oaks at City Park as well as J.T. Crawford and New Orleans Country Club for hosting this year’s event. The Section also thanks, Jeff Morici of Under Armour, Eddie Welch and Cameron Duff of Titleist for their continued support of the event. In addition, the Section thanks, Mike Rodrigue and the ACME Oyster House for hosting the players’ party. The Section offers a special thank you to Ronnie and Peggy Benandi, longtime associates of Frank Mackel, for serving as the honorary starters.
About the Gulf States PGA Section
The Gulf States Section (formed in 1969), Professional Golfers’ Association of America (formed in 1916), is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well being of golf professionals.