BROUSSARD — An unusual feeling led to a special occasion Sunday for Grady Brame Jr.
There was Brame’s lack of nervousness for the final round of the Louisiana Golf Association’s state amateur tournament and also the knowledge that he had a chance to create a historic moment.
The calmness helped the Southeastern Louisiana golfer shoot 9-under-par 63 to secure his tournament victory at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, prevailing in a tournament once won by his father.
Shooting 16-under in the final two days, Brame finished the 72-hole event at 20-under 268, six strokes ahead of LSU golfer Myles Lewis, who began Sunday’s round tied for the lead with 2013 champion Eric Ricard, his college teammate.
The tournament total by Brame was one stroke off the state amateur record.
“It’s weird, kind of eerie,” said Brame, who was two strokes back after 54 holes. “Usually I would have been nervous going into the final round, but I was calm and felt comfortable.”
Brame did some research Saturday and realized that he could match the achievement of his father, Grady Sr., who won the tournament in 2002 at The Bluffs in St. Francisville.
“That really means a lot to me,” he said. “He’s been there setting the bar for me all along.”
His father said he finished his final round early enough to watch his son play most of the back nine.
“I got out there in time to see him chip in for an eagle on No. 12, and then he birdied 13 and 14,” he said. “This feeling is as good as it gets.”
Brame said the turning point of Sunday’s round came on the back nine after he and Lewis finished tied on the front.
“When I chipped in for the eagle on 12, that really got me going,” he said. “Then on 13, I sank a 15-foot putt that put me at 8-under. On 14, I used a hybrid and got a good approach shot. Then I (birdied).”
Lewis, who shot a 67 on Saturday, also was in good shape as he birdied all three of the par-5s on the front nine Sunday. Then on 12, the Jesuit High product again birdied a par-5. But the problem came on No. 13, a par-4 where Lewis finished with a double bogey.
Lewis recovered on the next hole with a birdie on the par-5 14th and again at No. 17, when he birdied the 378-yard par-4.
Ricard finished a stroke behind Lewis at 275 after shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday. John Talley, a 35-year-old mid-amateur from St. Martinville, was fourth at 276. First-round leader John Sams of Coushatta, who plays at Louisiana Tech, shot a final-round 68 to finish at 278.
Ricard, a Shreveport native, said he felt pressure in attempting to win his second straight title.
“I thought I didn’t make too many mistakes the whole tournament,” he said. “I really did the best I could.”
Ricard made the turn at 34, but a bogey on No. 15 thwarted that momentum.
Talley said it was difficult competing against golfers more than a decade his younger.
“These kids are not only great golfers, but they are used to playing in tournaments like these,” he said. “To them, it’s second nature.”