Baton Rouge Amateur qualifying wraps up

The qualifying tournament for the Baton Rouge Amateur golf tournament came to a completion Sunday morning after weather stretched it far past its anticipated finishing time.

Rain and lightning brought multiple delays Saturday before play was stopped for good with more than 40 golfers still on the back nine at Webb Park golf course.

Most returned Sunday to complete their rounds and were hoping to earn one of 34 spots in the Baton Rouge Amateur, a tournament that features a 64-man field.

When all the scores were tallied on Sunday, there were 37 golfers who shot 77 or better. Among that number were 11 who scored a 77, a number that will be reduced by three using the USGA recommended scorecard playoff procedure.

Jeff Daze, David Mata and Nick Dartez were the last three golfers to record scores of 77 on Sunday.

David Mahaffey turned in a 71 on Sunday, joining Robert Stuart (67) and Can Le (71) as the only golfers to shoot under par. Dennis Brown finished off a 1-over par round of 73, matching the Saturday rounds of Drew Patin and Matt Decell.

Blaine Patin and Randall Little carded rounds of 72 on Saturday.

The Baton Rouge Amateur, held annually at Santa Maria golf course, is a two-day event that features four rounds of golf.

The 64-man field is pared down to eight golfers through three rounds of match play before an 18-hole stroke play final will determine the winner.

Wade Gautreau defeated Blaine Patin on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to win the 2012 Baton Rouge Amateur title.