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Two-time winner and defending Lions Club Open champion Dawie Van Der Walt. (American Press)

Two-time winner and defending Lions Club Open champion Dawie Van Der Walt. (American Press)

Adams Tour stops in Lake Charles for tournament

Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:34 PM

From staff reports

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series opens its annual visit to Southwest Louisiana with the first round of play today at the National Golf Club of Louisiana in Westlake.

Seventy-four fledgling pro golfers will compete in the Lions Club Open, a four-day, 72-hole event.

Among them are two-time winner and defending champion Dawie Van Der Walt, a South African native who lives in Kingswood, Texas.

Van Der Walt, who also played several Nationwide Tour events last year, won last year’s event in a playoff over Travis Wolf of Fort Worth, Texas. He won the 2009 edition of the event when it was played at Mallard Cove.

The local contingent is led by Greg Sonnier, a veteran of the tour who is coming off his best finish of the season with a tie for 10th at the stop in Houma two weeks ago.

Also in the field are locals Billy Dressler, a former regular, along with Mike White, the head pro at The National.

Reigning Lake Charles city champion Jacob Lejeune will play as an amateur and the reigning Louisiana Amateur champion, Greg Berthelot, is playing as a professional.

Other local amateurs include Sulphur’s Clint Stewart and Lake Charles’ Neithaniel.

The field will be cut to the low 30 and ties after Thursday’s second round, with the final two rounds set for Friday and Saturday.

There is no admission for the tournament.

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