Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thompson Returns to Louisiana for the Louisiana Open

by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson, the 2005 Louisiana Male Golfer of the Year, is set to return to the state to play at the Nationwide Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard.  It's just a three hour drive west from Tulane University in New Orleans, where Thompson received a scholarship to play for the Green Wave. Thompson enjoyed his time playing for Tulane, but all that came to an end when Hurricane Katrina hit and the golf team was disbanded in it's wake.  Thompson then went on to play for the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama, and the rest as we say, is history.

The Chitimacha Lousiana Open has many of the PGA rookies playing this week, due to the limited number of spots available at the PGA's Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Like the PGA Tour events, the Nationwide Tour is televised on The Golf Channel.  often televised on the Golf Channel, but not this week.

This week also marks a milestone for Michael and his wife Rachel because she is now traveling with him to the various tournaments.  Michael's mom, Beth said that at the last tournament he was playing with a stiff shoulder the final round.  Considering Rachel has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (she met Michael as a freshman at Tulane), her professional talents will come in handy as well as her spiritual, moral, and logistical support as Michael travels across the country.

Michael is scheduled to tee off at 12:30 local time on Thursday.


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