On fifth hole of sudden death playoff, 16-year old Morse defeats defending champion Ford to win The Mackel

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. Dave Lagarde tournament Founder with 2018 Champion Trey Morse 70-71, next Mikey Landry 73-69 (69 lowest round in tournament) with Judy and Travers Mackel.
L to R — Dave Lagarde, tournament founder, with 2018 Champion Trey Morse, third place finisher Mikey Landry, Judy Mackel and Travers Mackel.


NEW ORLEANS – Youth was served Sunday at Bayou Oaks Golf Course.

Talented 16-year old Trey Morse earned victory in The Mackel presented by Cox in a sudden death playoff against defending champion TC Ford.

No playoff in tournament history had made it to the fifth hole until the climax of this thrilling amateur championship of metro New Orleans. The first four holes were tied with pars by both competitors. Morse made birdie on hole 18 to become one of the youngest champions in The Mackel’s history

Ford was narrowly thwarted in his quest to become the first to defend his overall champion title. He came close, making birdies on 17 and 18 to force playoff only to lose when he could not get up and down from green-side bunker to match Morse on the final playoff hole.

“I did not lose today. I got beat. I am so proud for Trey. He played tough, very talented,” explained Ford.

Morse joined 2015 Mackel winner Jacob Bergeron as the only junior golfers to win the overall crown.

“I was nervous, especially in the playoff. I used my bigger muscles and not hands in my putting, and that made the difference under pressure,” said Morse, a student at Lusher Charter.

The youth movement at this year’s event was also represented by recent St. Charles Catholic graduate Mikey Landry, who missed making the playoff by one shot Sunday after shooting the low round of the two-day tournament with a 69.

The Mackel’s return to Bayou Oaks at City Park where it all started in 1993 was a championship will not soon be forgotten.

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