Historic Louisiana public club closes after 72 years

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Historic Louisiana public club closes after 72 years

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Historic Louisiana public club closes after 72 years

Alexandria Golf and Country Club closed its doors Tuesday after more than 70 years due to its proximity to and competition from newer courses.

Alexandria’s only private golf club opened in 1945 on U.S. Highway 165 in Woodworth and was a fixture on the local golf scene for decades.

“It was really a big piece of the community for many years, no doubt about that,” said Scott Brame, who was a member of the club from the time it opened. “It will be missed.”

Over it’s history, AGCC became a showcase for many young golfers who found fame and success later, particularly through hosting the Deep South Four-Ball. The Deep South started in 1948 and became one of the longest-running and most prestigious match play tournaments in the South.

“There was a time when people would do anything to get on the list and make sure they got in the tournament,” Brame said.

Among the notable players who won the Deep South were PGA Tour winners Mason Rudolph, Brian Bateman and Gay Brewer, whose 10 professional wins include the 1967 Masters.

Eddie Merrins, who coached UCLA to a national golf title and became known for teaching celebrity actors and athletes as the “Little Pro” at Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles, was also a former Deep South champion.

Dow Finsterwald, who won 11 PGA tournaments, including the 1958 PGA Championship, played at AGCC when he was stationed nearby in the Air Force following World War II. David Toms, whose 13 PGA Tour wins include the 2001 PGA Championship, won the state junior title at AGCC in 1983.

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