Beau Pré will host professional golf tourney next month

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NATCHEZ — Beau Pré Country Club will host a 60-player field of professional golfers in the 2014 Magnolia Bluffs Casino Beau Pré Bayou Bash from Nov. 4-7.

The professional golfers will be playing for an estimated purse of $45,000 after paying an $800 entry fee.

“This developmental tour will feature quality players, who will attempt to qualify for the PGA tour the following week in Jackson,” tournament director Lee Moore said. “A large number of players that qualify will be the same players that came and played in our event.

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Ryan Blaum won the event in 2013 with a course record of 63. Moore said the tournament victory helped launch Blaum’s career, and he is now on the Tour.

“He’s headed to the PGA tour,” Moore said. “No doubt about it.”

The only difference in this year’s event from last year’s is the tournament will be played under a new umbrella organization — president Robin Waters was happy to bring the tournament back to Natchez.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such a special event hosted as Magnolia Bluffs at Beau Pré Country Club,” Waters said.

The tour was previously an NGA Tour, and though it’s a tour in 2014, Moore said the tournament would still present the same format.

The tournament will be a 36-hole-no-cut professional event with the top 33 percent taking home money.

On Nov. 3, the professional practice rounds will begin, before an informal welcoming party at Beau Pré at 5:30.

The check presentation will be awarded to the tournament champion Nov. 7.