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Senior Baton Rouge Open 2020 – Tournament Results

It took a 2-under par 70 for a 3-under 141 total, and two playoff holes for Jeff Calloway to win the 2020 Senior Baton Rouge Open. Calloway and Johnny Hernandez tied at 3-under par. They both made par on the first playoff hole and Jeff won with a birdie 4 at the par 5 second hole. Scott Haynie finished one shot back at 2-under par 142. Lindsay Spiller, Jamie Lavigne, Randy Goff, and Paul Castro all tied for 4th at even par 144. Congratulations to Jeff Calloway, the 2020 Senior Baton Rouge Open champion.

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Baton Rouge Open 2020 – Tournament Results

Brady Bennett came out hot firing a 5 under par 31 on the front nine at Beaver Creek to cruise to a 2 shot victory in the 2020 Baton Rouge Open. Brady finished at 6 under par 138, two strokes ahead of Cody Weber who shot 4-under 140. Greg Berthelot and Brayden Seguin tied for 3rd at 2 under par 142. Cody Maxwell, Jeremy Gautreaux, and Garret Westbrook finished at even par 144. Congratulations to Brady Bennett, the 2020 Baton Rouge Open Champion.Read More

Baton Rouge Amateur Championship 2020 – Tournament Results

Two-seed Greg Berthelot played three-seed Jeremy Gautreaux today in the final match of the 2020 Baton Rouge Amateur. This match was a heavy weight slugfest with birdies flying as they made their way around Santa Maria golf course. By the time they reached the 18th tee Berthelot had made seven birdies, Gautreaux had made four birdies, and Berthelot had a 1-up lead in the match. Berthelot just needed to tie the hole to win, while Gautreaux needed to win hole 18 to extend the match. True to form for the day, they both made birdie on 18 and Greg Berthelot became the 2020 Baton Rouge amateur Champion. Congratulations to both players on a well-played match and to Greg Berthelot for capturing the 2020 Baton Rouge Amateur Championship.Read More

Webb Memorial Championship 2020 – Tournament Results

Greg Berthelot and Tommy Garitty had a sudden death play off to decide the winner of this year’s Course Championship.
Hole # 1 – Sudden death play of hole
Greg made his putt for a birdie, and Tommy made par. We  wish both gentlemen continued success.
Closest to Pin Saturday winners:
Hole # 3 – Aaron Anderson
Hole # 5 – Daniel Steele
Hole # 15 – Danny Nelson
Hole # 17 – Josh Rogers
Closest to Pin Sunday winners:
Hole # 3 – Jeremy Gautreaux
Hole # 5  – Kelvin Price
Hole # 15  – Mike Stakus
Hole # 17 – Stewart Perrilloux

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2020 Hole in One

Made a hole in one at a BREC Golf course? Let the course staff know! You could have yours posted below. We’ll need your name, the date of your hole in one, which golf course you were at, hole #, club used, your hometown, and the name of at least 1 person who can verify your achievement.Read More

Phased Reopening of Golf Courses Beginning April 30

Since announcing the closure of its six golf courses on March 23, BREC staff has implemented additional operational safety measures and created a three-phase plan to safely reopen the courses while complying with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards  most recent Stay at Home Order and other federal, state, and local guidelines. Each phase and the associated safety measures were determined by recommendations made from health and government authorities on social movement and interaction.

Phase one will begin Thursday, April 30 when three of BREC’s six golf courses will reopen for play. The golf courses to reopen first are: Santa Maria, Beaver Creek and Webb Memorial golf courses. Woody Dumas, J.S. Clark and Historic City Park golf courses will reopen on Friday, May 1 allowing staff to make any necessary adjustments to the plan after observing Thursday’s operations.

Additional safety measures put in place to further protect the public and BREC staff include the following:

  • No cash transactions will be accepted, credit cards or gift cards only accepted.
  • A discounted rate will be provided to customers who pre-pay their green fees online for less interaction with staff at the golf courses using this link: http://golf.brec.org/prepay/.
  • Limited or no access to the clubhouse – Sales transactions will occur at a door or window.
  • Limited access to clubhouse bathrooms, where access is available through a separate entrance.
  • Tee times will be extended to every 12-minutes in order to keep safe distances between groups.
  • “Walk-on” (non-tee time) play may be unavailable or very limited at busier facilities.
  • Cart rentals are for single riders only and carts will be sanitized after each use.
  • Cart rentals will be limited, as some course may be ‘walking only’ for some portion of the day.
  • Multiple signs will be displayed on courses to remind golfers to maintain safe distances.
  • No outing groups, tournaments or organized play of more than 10 people will be allowed.
  • Employees will complete a daily health screening questionnaire.
  • Masks and gloves will be provided to staff and frequent disinfecting schedules will be mandated.

Before BREC closed golf courses, the following safety measures had been put in place and will continue for the foreseeable future:

  • Golfers who feel sick are asked to remain at home.
  • Golfers are not allowed to touch the flagstick.
  • Hole liners are upside down so the ball can’t fully fall into the hole.
  • No bunker rakes on the course, golfers are asked to do their best to smooth the sand.
  • Water coolers are removed from the course.
  • Ball-washers are removed or covered.

For more information please visit: brec.org/COVID19 and golf.brec.org.

“In accordance with the Governor and Mayor’s order, our primary recommendation to the public remains to stay home and only go out for essential activities.  However, like the CDC, we realize one of those essential activities includes getting active outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and reaping the many positive physical and mental benefits provided by parks and golf courses with green spaces and trails for walking, jogging, biking and hiking,” said Superintendent Corey Wilson. “We know that BREC parks are part of the solution to the underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity that plague our community. As such, our goal is to have the entire system reopened as soon as it is possible to do so safely,” Wilson said.

Superintendent Wilson is serving on the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission, advising the state in his role on the Restaurant and Entertainment Task Force. 

Additional information regarding the phased reopening of the remainder of BREC’s system including the Baton Rouge Zoo, Liberty Lagoon, summer camps, playgrounds, athletic programs and venues, and other amenities is expected soon following additional guidance from industry professionals, and state and local public health and government officials.

BREC staff will continue providing content on the virtual portal it created to give people access to the park system through videos, activity sheets and links to other partners offering virtual services to the public sheltering at home. The portal can be accessed at brec.org/refresh.

BREC Golf Courses to Remain Closed in Support of Governor’s Stay at Home Order

Out of an abundance of caution, and to further support Governor John Bel Edwards’ effort to make an impact on reducing the spread of COVID-19 virus in the next two weeks, BREC has decided not to reopen golf courses until further notice. 

“While we have taken more than a dozen steps to further encourage social distancing and other CDC recommendations to ensure the safety of our staff and the public while providing a safe outdoor activity for the community  to engage in, the most significant step we can take to help reduce the spread of the virus is the complete closure of these facilities at this time,” said BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson.  “We will continue to monitor this unprecedented and evolving situation, and follow guidance from our federal, state, and local officials, and will announce the reopening of these facilities at the appropriate time,” Wilson said.

The closure of BREC’s six golf facilities follows previous closures of the Zoo, all indoor facilities including recreation centers and special facilities such as the Highland Road Observatory, all playgrounds, dog parks and outdoor restrooms. 

Parks, trails, and conservation areas remain open for the public to engage in safe recreational outdoor activities such as walking, biking and hiking as they are deemed essential in the Governor’s order. BREC leadership strongly encourages the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to follow the Stay at Home order and only leave their homes for essential activities. 

Our parks remain open as a safe option to engage in these activities so patrons should follow the CDC recommendations of staying 6-feet away from anyone in the park and not gathering in groups of larger than 10.  

“We will continue to maintain the courses to ensure they remain in excellent condition,” said BREC Golf Director Mike Raby. “While the courses are closed, we will focus on customer service-oriented improvements to implement for our customers when we reopen,” Raby said.

BREC will continue adding to the online “Refresh Your Mind” portal, housing videos which allow residents to experience BREC facilities and activities from the safety of their homes. The portal is housed at www.brec.org/refresh.

Twenty-five BREC parks are also being utilized to provide thousands of meals for at-risk children through a partnership with Three O’clock Project. Routes and schedules for meal deliveries can be found here: www.threeoclockproject/COVID.

Please monitor BREC’s website and social media pages for further updates.