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Last year Robby Going lapped the field on the final day of the city championship to walk away with his second Lake Charles title. (American Press Archives)

Last year Robby Going lapped the field on the final day of the city championship to walk away with his second Lake Charles title. (American Press Archives)

Lake Charles City Championship begins Friday (with tee times)

Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:58 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

Last year, Robby Going lapped the field on the final day of the Lake Charles City Golf Championship to walk away with his second  title.

Last week, Neithan Allen lapped the Sulphur City Championship field to walk away with the crown at Frasch Park.

Those two are just a few of the known names who will tour Mallard Cove Golf Course this weekend for the 36th annual IBERIABANK Lake Charles City Golf Championship.

A total of 160 golfers will take to the course this week with the top 16 going for the big prize.

The 32 best golfers tee off starting at 12:28 p.m. Friday with the top 16 after the first round making the championship flight. The other half of the field will play for the Flight 1 crown.

“The first day is always a scramble to see what flight you are in,” said Mallard Cove golf pro Derek Smith. “We have some fresh faces out this year so it could be exciting.”

The 54-hole event will play out over the 7,015-yard, par-72 course with the threat of rain over the weekend.

“It is always like that,” Smith said.

There are 10 flights this year, with just the top two playing 54 holes. The other 124 golfers will play two rounds, one on Saturday and one Sunday.

“It is a good field,” Smith said. “Some of the names are different but the handicaps are about the same. It should be a good weekend.”

One name missing from the list of past champs is Jacob Lejeune, who finished third last year, six shots behind Going.

Lejeune, the champ the previous two years, is serving a PGA apprenticeship and is ineligible to play.

However, Going is back to defend his title after finishing last year with a 6-under 210, three strokes better than Allen in second. He was just one of two players to shot under par on the last day, rallying to capture his second title. He also won in 2008 and finished second to Lejeune in 2011.

“I think it is really hard to repeat in any tournament at any level,” Going said. “I go out there to have fun and compete against some of the best around.

“I’m not really worried about repeating or winning, I just want to enjoy the tournament.”

He does admit he enjoys being in the running for the title.

“I want to be in that last group (Sunday),” Going said. “That is fun to have a chance to compete for the title. That’s all you can really ask for.”

While admitting he hasn’t been playing much of late, Going did say he thinks the key will be on the greens, as always.

“I've always putted well at Mallard,” Going said. “You have to putt well to win. I play well at Mallard, but so do a lot of guys. It always comes down to putting.”

Allen said he wants to use his performance in Sulphur as a tune-up for this week.

Once again the weather will play a large part in the tournament.

Rain over the past two years made the course wet and slow. This week’s rains did the same thing. It also slowed down the process of fixing the course for play.

“We have not been able to mow but we hope to do that today (Thursday),” said Mallard Cove course superintendent Robert Fray. “If we can get that done we should be good. It will be wet, but the course is in good shape.”

Fray had hoped to cut the rough down earlier in the week, but the showers forced him and his crew to wait.

“There will be some wet spots, but a lot depends one how much rain we get the rest of the week,” he said. “If the greens dry out, they could become fast.”

Allen didn’t seem to mind anything last weekend, as he rolled to the win in Sulphur by 14 shots, setting a three-day tourney record at 196.

Just The Facts

What: 36th Annual Lake Charles City Golf Championship.
Where: Mallard Cove Golf Course.
When: Friday-Sunday
Par: 72.
Yardage: 7,015.
Golfers: 160.
Flights: 10.
Defending champ: Robby Going.

Friday's Tee Times

Championship Flight

12:28 p.m. — Jason Horn, Chris Gentry, Philip Hoffpauir.

12:36 — Blake Dereese, Zak Barton, Chris Vallette.

12:44 — Hank Shaheen, Kris Hollan, Kyle Collins.

12:52 — D.J. Schexnider, Doug Quienalty, John Morrissey.

1 p.m. — Chad Johnson, Byron Martin, Kevin McArthur.

1:08 — Austin Campbell, Logan Hayes, Gabe Coleman, Channing Kyle.

1:24 — Bill Stevens, Blake Derouen, Sutton Farmer.

1:32 — Matt Nicholas, Shane Fontenot, Wayne Sweeney.

1:40 — Neithan Allen, Thad Gaspard, Austin Hinton.

1:48 — Robby GOing, Connor Castille, Jack Clyde, J.D. Welsh.

Saturday's Tee Times

Second Flight

8:28 a.m. — Scott Lominac, Bryant Patin, Shane Heinen.

8:36 — Bill Perkins, Ellis Hawkins, Sean Garrido.

8:44 — Cliff Myers, Kevin Primeaux, Kevin Corcoran.

8:52 — Todd Broussard, Billy Spees, Scott Hall.

9 a.m. — Gage Primeaux, Landon Deville, Quinn Burkhalter, Patrick Victor.

Third Flight

9:16 — Jacob Hathaway, Jimmy Guidry, Jamie East.

9:24 — Terrance Hoffpauir, Rusty Montiville, Grant Larocca.

9:32 — Brian Benoit, Bryan McCullough, Josh Sargent.

9:40 — David Duzan, John Garrett, Carlos McGee.

9:48 — David Martin, David Huber, Mike Abshire, Allen Mitchell.

Fourth Flight

10:04 — Tim Town, Mike Harrell, Dwight Gerst.

10:12 — Craig Carnahan, Wil Fruge, Brandon Guillory.

10:20 — Collin Castille, Conner Thompson, Burk Walker.

10:28 — Val East, Dave Flanagan, Mason James.

10:36 — Bryan Harris, Chris Buller, Chad Smith, Chance Brown.

Fifth Flight

10:52 — Danny McGee, Ricky Norwood, Walt Dulany.

11 a.m. — Vic Montgomery, Bill Weise, Pat Comeaux.

11:08 — Scott Theriot, Charlie Buller, Mike Beglis.

11:16 — Pap Williams, Joe Underwood, Kevin Lambright.

11:24 — Kevin Broussard, Tyler Williams, Eric Eskew, Chris Fontenot.

Sixth Flight

11:40 — Andrew Hebert, Mike Rousseau, Jeff Harper.

11:48 — Wilford Carter, Gerald Carrier, Sam Baynes.

11:56 — Richard Bertrand, Harry Henry, Lindell Lambright.

12:04 p.m. — Jimmy Cady, Sandy Woods, Mike Richardson.

12:12 — Randell Williams, Chad Joe, Dan Breaux, Travis Furs.

Seventh Flight

12:28 — Carl Bertrand, Chris Meaux, Delvin Rideau.

12:36 — Paul Garafolo, Dooley Prince, Carl Cole.

12:44 — Glen Priola, Mike Carter, Doyle Carter.

12:52 — Kirk Martin, Robbert Hubbard, Scott Landreneau.

1 p.m. — Noah Hinton, Brian Sacksteder, Jonathon Courville, Mark Wilburn.

Eighth Flight

1:16 — Marcus Boutte, Kenny Brown, Time Castille.

1:24 — Peter Augustine, Brent Soileau, Mark Fontenot.

1:32 — Tony Colletta, Dale Babineaux, Vince Castille.

1:40 — Robert Carrier, Robert Crooks, Mark Taveney.

1:48 — Jerry Bonvillian, Huey Hebert, Julius Courville, Sam Morris.

Ninth Flight

2:04 — Gary Miller, Ronnie Gibbs, John Smith.

2:12 — Joey Adaway, Lance Hughes, Jim Pilgreen.

2:20 — Todd Stelly, Kenny Hedrick, Robert Barfield.

2:28 — Gary Woods, Brian Reams, Lelan Laborde.

2:36 — Scott Guillory, Chester Cormier, Tony Pitre, John Daniels.

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