Marcus Byrd claims first title on APGA Tour at TPC Louisiana


Marcus Byrd claimed his first professional title on Tuesday at the APGA event at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. Byrd closed out a final-round 69 with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole and wrapped up a single-stroke victory over Rafa Guerrero Lauria.

Byrd finished the 36-hole event with an 11-under 133 total. The 23-year-old from Nashville managed to hold off Lauria despite making double-bogey on the 10th hole and Laura throwing out seven consecutive birdies mid-round.

This is only the sixth APGA Tour start for Byrd, who played collegiately for Middle Tennessee State and qualified for the 2020 U.S. Amateur.

“I’m happy with the way I kept my composure.  When a guy makes seven birdies in a row, it gets disconcerting,” said Byrd, who took home the winner’s purse of $7,500.  “I was able to play the best golf I could to get it done, so that’s good.”

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Marcus Byrd competes Tuesday at TPC Louisiana.

Willie Mack took third with a 6-under 141 and now heads to the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina on June 10-13 as a sponsor exemption.

Behind Mack, five players tied for fourth: Patrick Newcomb, Trey Valentine, Landon Lyons, Michael Herrera and Wyatt Worthington. Kevin Hall finished ninth and Tommy Schaff of Ridgeland tied with Ryan Alford for 10th.

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