Chitimacha Louisiana Open Previews 24th Year: Celebrity Hole In One Field Announced

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With the 24th Annual Chitimacha Louisiana Open coming to town, organizers previewed what to expect today at a press conference at Mr. Lester's inside Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, including the field for this year's Celebrity Hole-In-One Competition on Sunday afternoon. The event starts tournament week with 10 local celebrities, who will all take a swing for their favorite charity.

With the 24th Annual Chitimacha Louisiana Open coming to town, organizers previewed what to expect today at a press conference at Mr. Lester's inside Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, including the field for this year's Celebrity Hole-In-One Competition on Sunday afternoon. The event starts tournament week with 10 local celebrities, who will all take a swing for their favorite charity. If anyone sinks the shot, their charity will receive $10,000. If no one achieves a hole-in-one, the celebrity closest to the hole will win $1,500 for their charity. This year's field includes:

George Faust - KLFY
Allison Bourne-Vanneck - KATC
Sean Trcalek - KADN
Dave Schultz - Delta Media
Tom Poehler - KLAF TV
Zack Barker - LEDA
Ray Bourque - Broussard City Councilman
Stafford Barnett - the 705
Mark Hudspeth - UL Football Coach
Garry Brodhead - UL Women's Basketball Coach
"We've got a great field playing for charity on Sunday and then we will follow that with the Pro-Am party here at the casino on Monday. The Chitimacha Louisiana Open raises so much money for local charities and we are proud to do everything we can to support this event," said Anthony Patrone, CEO and General Manager of Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.

"The people of Acadiana have been so good to us and sponsoring this tournament is a prolific way we can give back," added John Paul Darden, Chitimacha Tribe Chairman. "We have so much success and being a part of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open for our 23rd year is a way we can share some of this success with the entire Acadiana region,"

The relationship between the Louisiana Open and the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is one of the top 5 tournament/sponsor relationships in all of the PGA sanctioned events.

In addition to its charitable component, the tournament also provides a significant boost to the local economy.

"When you consider the hotels, cars, food, gas, it quickly adds up. Add in the operating budget for the tournament of nearly a $1 million and the expected immediate impact is $2 million for one week," said Danny Jones, the tournament's executive director.

According to LCVC, the final impact over the course of the entire year is expected to be well over $7 million dollars.

Tickets for this year's Chitimacha Louisiana Open can be purchased at laopen.com.

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