Christovich wins 4th straight LGA Mid-Amateur tourney

Patrick Christovich of New Orleans fired a 68 at The Bluffs Golf Resort in St. Francisville to win his fourth consecutive Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship on Sunday.

Christovich joined Tommy Brennan (2005-2008) as the only other competitor to achieve the “four-peat” as LGA Mid-Amateur champion.

Christovich finished at 7-under par 209 for the championship, besting runner-up and 2011 LGA Senior Amateur champion Rod Baronet of Lecompte by five shots. Baronet shot a 2 under 70 on Sunday to finish at 214.

Cade Hebert of Rayne (72-72-71—215) and B.C. Thibeaux of Lafayette (70-73-72—215) tied for third, while Brandon Aydlett of Metairie (75-69-74—218) finished fifth. Matt Nicholas of Lake Charles (72-73-74—219) was sixth, and Dustin Mire of Baton Rouge (77-74-69—220), Bart Dornier of Metairie (73-72-75—220), Chris Salter of Baton Rouge (74-75-71—220) and Kenny Buchan of Monroe (74-73-73—220) tied for seventh.

HARRISON, McNABB DEFEND LWGA FOUR-BALL TITLE: Julie Harrison of Baton Rouge and Kie McNabb of DeRidder defended their title in the Louisiana Women’s Golf Association Four-Ball Championship last week at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles.

Harrison and McNabb fired a two-day 66-67—133 to edge Lana Hodge of Monroe and Haley Harrington of St. Francisville by a shot. Hodge and Harrington fired a 67-67—134.

The final LWGA championship event of the year is the Senior Amateur on Oct. 7-8 at Bayou DiSard Country Club in Monroe.

Baseball

CABRERA HELPS TEAM USA TO GOLD: Team USA’s 15U baseball team wrapped up the gold medal in the COPABE Pan American Games on Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia, with a 6-1 win over Cuba.

Daniel Cabrera, who will be a freshman at John Curtis this fall, helped the American team reach the championship contest as the winning pitcher in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Panama in the semifinals.

In six innings of relief, Cabrera allowed no runs on two hits. He struck out nine. Team USA rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win with two runs in the final inning.

Cabrera is one of the few 14-year olds on the 20-player Team USA roster.

Pickleball

LEWIS, LeBLANC WIN TITLE: Sisters Nannette Lewis of Lafayette and Brenda LeBlanc of Baton Rouge won the gold medal in the Women’s 50-plus Pickleball competition at the National Senior Games in Cleveland on July 28.

Wheelchair tennis

SAPORITO PARTICIPATES IN CAMP: Alex Saporito of Prairieville was one of 32 wheelchair athletes from 10 states and six countries to participate in the USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp held last week at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The camp consisted of a tennis clinic and in-depth instruction in morning sessions and more instruction and an ITF ranking wheelchair tennis tournament in the afternoon sessions.

Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, was scheduled to speak to campers during their stay.