New Orleans native Lapeyre battles final round wind to claim Future Tour Championship

By DAVID W. HEALY,

The windy conditions did nothing to slow down Liza Lapeyre’s golf game Sunday.

After shooting a 75 on Saturday, Lapeyre fired a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to claim the top prize in the Girls 13-18 year-old division at the Future Tour Championship at Greenville Golf and Country Club.

“I think with it being so windy out there, it definitely made me focus even more,” said the 16-year-old Lapeyre who resides in uptown New Orleans.

This was Lapeyre’s first ever appearance at the Future Tour Championship, and she left not just with her first-place trophy but also with an appreciation for both the golf course and the community.

“I absolutely loved my visit here,” Lapeyre said. “I ate at both the Downtown Grille and at Sherman’s and they were both fantastic.”

Lapeyre was not alone in her comments. Tournament director Bill Brozovich said he and his volunteer staff received nothing but praise on how the event went off this year.

“Everything went absolutely fantastic,” Brozovich said. “The weather was perfect and the play on the course from every age group was outstanding.”

The tournament has now been held for 25 straight years. For a while it looked like it may not happen this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, three weeks ago Brozovich realized that the tournament could sill be played and meet all heath safety guidelines. Players, family and volunteers social distanced throughout the weekend, and the tournament’s annual banquet and greeting committee did not occur this weekend.

In all, 187 youngsters teed it up at the tournament, in increase of more than 20 golfers from last year.

“The golfers and their families stayed and had a great time in Greenville,” Brozovich said. “All the restaurant owners and hotel owners I talked with told me how much great business they had done this weekend.”

The boys overall championship was won by Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge, La.

Dupuy, who is committed to Southern Miss, backed up his 71 on Saturday with a 68 on Sunday for a two-day total of 5-under-par and a four shot victory.

Perhaps, no family was more happy about their trip to Greenville than the Yelvertons from West Point, Miss. Not only did Bryant Yelverton win the boys 8-9 division, but his sister, Eliza Yelverton captured the girls 10-12 year old division.

See page 9 for complete scores.