Edward Loar wins Louisiana Open golf title

BROUSSARD — The high wind gusts blowing steadily across Le Triomphe Country Club didn’t bother Edward Loar on Sunday as he breezed his way through the final round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open Golf Tournament.

“I’m from west Texas, where it really blows out there, so I’m used to playing in the wind,” said Loar, who shot a final round 2-under-par 69 to finish with a 17-under 267 for the tournament.

It seems as though both the wind and the other competitors weren’t much of a factor, for Loar, who just missed qualifying for the PGA Tour earlier this year.

Loar, who won his second Web.com Tour event in as many years, earned the $99,000 first-place prize money by expanding the one stroke lead he established following Saturday’s third round.

Morgan Hoffmann, who like Loar, played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State, also ended the final round with a 69, but finished second overall, two strokes behind Loar.

Two-time Louisiana Open champion Brett Wetterich (2003 and 2011) shot a 6-under 65 for Sunday’s low individual round and finished in third, three strokes back.

Former LSU golfer John Peterson earned $13,750 after finishing his 72 holes tied for 10th with D.J. Trahan and Gary Christian.

Peterson created a raucous finish to his Sunday round when his 142-foot approach bounced onto the green just inches from the hole on 18 in front of the grandstand.

“I thought I had it in the hole, but it rolled to within two inches and I was able to tap it in. It was really nice to finish like that and hear all those people chanting, LSU, LSU. It was really a tough shot, to the left pin,” said Peterson.

Although he started the day with a slender lead, Loar said he never really felt out of control.

“I knew that coming out today it was really going to be a battle. I think I missed only two greens the whole day. I did make a few bogeys, but I was always able to come back with a birdie real quick,” he said.

Several weeks ago, Loar finished in second place at the Web.com Chile Open, giving him $164,684 in tour prize money after four 2013 events.

Loar said he never felt pressured, trailing by no less than two strokes following the first four holes.

“I’ve gotten off to a great start. Right now I’m playing some of the best golf of my life. In the last two weeks, I’ve been 37-under for those tournaments,” said Loar, a Dallas native.

Loar shot a 33 on the front nine after beginning his round with a birdie on No. 2. Loar sank three other birdies before ending his round with three bogeys on the backside.

A birdie on No. 17 proved to be the climax that Loard said “shut the door” on Hoffman’s attempt to catch him.

Hoffmann experienced what he called “and up and down day” throughout his final round.

Hoffman said he wasn’t surprised at Loar’s ability to hold his distance from any challengers.

“I told my caddy on the back nine that Loar wasn’t going to make any bogeys, because he’s a great player. He knows his golf and knows how to handle it,” said Hoffman.

Wetterich said he was pleased with his final round after falling seven strokes behind on Saturday.

“I had to make up a lot of ground (Sunday) and obviously I came a long way. I was fortunate to shoot six under. I putted well the whole tournament.

“With the exception of one bad hole (a triple bogey on 18 Saturday) that put me in a bad spot, I thought I played well,” Wetterich said.

Peterson didn’t record a birdie until the par-5 No.12. That score was sandwiched between a par and two bogeys.

Improved consistency is something Peterson said he is trying to achieve.

“I just need to put four rounds together. I can’t go out and shoot a 65 like I did in the first round and then come back with a 72,” Peterson said.