13 March 2010 - Lake Charles, LA - March 13, 2010: The Louisiana Open was a gumbo of numbers that will surely prove to be a winner in the next Power Ball jackpot of $20 million so jot down these numbers; 2 6 7 17 47 and Power Ball # 13; Now grab you a dollar and geaux out and purchase your lotto ticket today. Here is the inside scoop to your numbers. This event starts with a 3 round stroke play event that seeds the players and awards the low medal with a qualifying spot in the year ending championship. The rounds played are also used to help the players with their run at the Year-end Stroke Average Award, which is worth $100.
Now the bracketology begins and your chance for $20 million will present itself. Lake Charles course # 2 was the site of this years Louisiana Purchase were 47-year-old Professional Joe Lea
who was player # 7 won his 17th career event on the western putting tour by beating four great players. Joe started with local professional Byron Kirby
and beat him in a closely contested 18-hole match 2 up with one to play. His second match was a test that was just as tough as he had to beat all time WPT win leader Rainey Statum
2 up with 1 to play as well. Just when Joe thought his task would get easier it did not as he had to face Jeffrey Smith
who had not lost a match since he was a pup. Well Joe proved up to the task with a 4 with 3 win over the 2009 WPT Champion. The finals had him matched against one of the hottest players on Tour; Lee Messinger
. The 36 hole final was exciting capping off Joe's 17th victory with a 4 with 3 win.
The fireworks from the junior circuit had a 4-match winner as well as 47-year-old amateur, Danny Tatum
; won his 1st event of the season and improved his match play record to 7 and 1. Many thought Tatum's 6th win in ten months was a result of the belly putter but Tatum said it was the pressure that he felt when his wife won earlier in the day in the Novice division. Tatum's first match was a family affair as he beat Mickey DeLucca
3 up with 2 to play. In match two Tatum faced another Lake Charles legend, Tom Robertson
who was the number one seed with an 82 earlier in the day that also won him a spot in the year end championship; the two battled to a one up match that went to The 18th hole. Next Danny had a rematch of the 2009 semi-finals at the WPT championship with Pat Simpson
; Pat had beaten Danny in Waco last August. Tatum won this time with the same 4 with 3 margin Pat had beaten him with last year. The finals was a classic showdown with Mike Huckaby
as the 36 hole match had both Huckaby and Tatum shooting 24 the 1st 18 and the second 18 was a dogfight as it went to the 38th hole as Huckaby's putt lipped out and Tatum won with an ace to seal the victory and also awarded Tatum with his third qualifying spot of the season. Tatum stated "I new it would be a great day when I drew player number 13 in the stroke play, my lucky number on the 13th of March"!
Congratulations to the Novice winner Saturday. Emma Tatum, as she started her 1st event of the 2010 season with a 14 on the front nine with a bogie on the 1st hole in round one and went wire to wire for her first win of the 2010 season!