LOUISIANA IS FIRST U.S. STOP OF 2013 – The Chitimacha Louisiana Open is the first Web.com Tour event of 2013 to be played on U.S. soil. There will be 20 events played in 16 different states this year, in addition to five in Latin America. The Tour returns to Lafayette and host Le Triomphe Country Club for the 22nd year in a row.
WEBSITE WORK IN FULL GEAR – One of the benefits of the Web.com sponsorship affiliation with the TOUR for all Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour players and tournaments is access to free website services. Since January, Web.com has created 35 websites for both groups, with 25 more scheduled to launch in March. Websites were recently launched for Charles Howell (charleshowell3), Tyrone Van Aswegen (tyronevanaswegen) and the Nationwide Children’s Championship (ncc-golf). Click on the links to check them out.
WEB.COM LAUNCHES 2013 "SMALL BUSINESS FORUM" SERIES IN LAFAYETTE – Web.com will initiate its 2013 "Web.com Small Business Forum" series on Thursday morning, March 21st, in Lafayette. The Forum, which is free to pre-registered individuals, is designed to help small businesses learn how to be successful on the Internet and understand the challenges and new opportunities it presents. City Parish president Joey Durel will provide opening remarks. The launch in Louisiana is part of Web.com's plan to conduct 27 Forums across the U.S. in 2013 on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. Interested individuals/companies can learn more at: http://smallbusinessforum.web.com/
NO. 1 PATRICK CANTLAY RETURNS – After turning 21 on Sunday, Web.com Tour leading money winner Patrick Cantlay returns to action on the Web.com Tour. Cantlay played the PGA TOUR on sponsor exemptions the last two weeks, finishing T30 in Puerto Rico and missing the cut in Tampa.
HOMECOMING FOR HEATH SLOCUM – Four-time PGA TOUR winner Heath Slocum returns to his native Louisiana this week. Born in Baton Rouge, Slocum is the son of a golf professional and spent his formative years in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Monroe and tiny Bunkie (pop. 4,500), which is located about 40 miles north of Lafayette. His extended family is still based in the Ponchatoula/Hammond area, east of Baton Rouge. The 39-year old graduated from the Web.com Tour in 2001, when he finished third on the money list. His career earnings are almost $15.5 million. Slocum, who now lives near Atlanta, played in two of the first three Web.com Tour events this year, his first since 2001. Success in his home state has not come easy, however. In six PGA TOUR starts in New Orleans, his best finish is T47 in 2006. A T26 at Le Triomphe in 2001 is his best as a professional. His college experience in Louisiana was better, as evidenced by a University of South Alabama team win in the 1996 Sun Belt Conference championship at Le Triomphe, in which Slocum was co-medalist by 11 shots.
LSU’S JOHN PETERSON RETURNS, TOO– John Peterson, a three-time All-American and 2011 NCAA Division I individual champion at nearby LSU, has received a sponsor exemption to play in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. It will be his first Web.com Tour start in Louisiana. In five Tour starts all together (two in 2011 and three in 2013), the Fort Worth, Texas native has not finished worse than T36. As an amateur, he finished runner-up to Harris English, along with Kyle Reifers, at the 2011 Nationwide Children’s Championship in Ohio. Peterson won the NCAA title by one shot over Patrick Cantlay, then a UCLA student. Peterson’s mother is a graduate of LSU and two of his siblings attended the school.
JORDAN SPIETH EARNS "STM" ON PGA TOUR - The Web.com Tour extends congratulations to 19-year old Jordan Spieth upon earning Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR after only four starts this year. STM means Spieth is eligible for unlimited TOUR exemptions this year. The Texan got off to a strong 2013 start on the Web.com Tour with a T7 in the Panama Claro Championship and a T4 in the Colombia Championship to put him 10th on the current money list.
STEP BY STEP – Benjamin Alvarado is in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open field on the strength of his T4 finish in the recent Chile Classic. Crowds swelled on the final day of the recent Chile Classic when the Chilean native and former Arizona State University All-American was tied for the lead. Playing with co-leader Kevin Kisner, Alvarado came up short when he shot 71 to Kisner’s 68. Last year, the 27-year old finished T9 in the same event to earn a spot in Louisiana. A WD after the first round derailed his hopes of earning additional starts on the Web.com Tour to earn his PGA TOUR card. He comes to Louisiana fresh off another strong finish, a T3 on Sunday in the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s 2013 season opener in Mexico.
NEXT WEEK – The Web.com Tour is off next week before returning to South America for the inaugural Brasil Classic presented by HSBC in São Paulo, Apr. 1-7.