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BRBVA to honor former LSU coach Dale Brown

Former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown will be recognized for his contributions to the community with the naming of a court in his honor by the Baton Rouge Basketball and Volleyball Association.

Brown, who coached the Tigers from 1972-97, will be honored during the BRBVA Community Court Honors reception and dinner to be held Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the L’Auberge Casino Ballroom.

Several members of LSU’s All-Century team and former Tigers who played for Brown during his 25-year tenure are expected to attend the event, according to a news release.

Tickets for the cocktail hour and dinner are available at $325 for an individual or $2,500 for a table of eight.

For more information, call Brock Kantrow at (225) 328-6461 or email him at brock@teamsportsplex.net.

Former LSU golfers David Toms, Andrew Loupe, John Peterson fighting to keep PGA Tour cards at Wyndham

A number of golfers with Louisiana ties go into this week’s Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour needing strong finishes to keep their playing privileges, while others are simply looking to add polish to their seasons.

The top 125 players in FedEx Cup points after this week’s tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, advance to the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin next week and keep their tour status for the coming year. Those in the top 125 on the money list after this week also keep their tour cards for 2014-15 but aren’t guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

Here’s a look:

  • PATRICK REED: The ex-University High golfer is the defending champion at the Wyndham and has already had a stellar year. He’s won twice in 2013-14, is ninth in FedEx Cup points, 11th on the money list and is a virtual lock to make it through the first three rounds at least. Reed is also locked in on the U.S. Ryder Cup team by finishing eighth on that points list, which was completed after last week’s PGA Championship.
  • MICHAEL THOMPSON: The former Tulane golfer is in solid shape at 100th on the FedEx Cup points list and 96th on the money list. At this point, Thompson is playing more to improve his points standing as the field for each FedEx Cup playoff event gets smaller each week. The top 125 players make the field for The Barclays, the top 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 for the BMW Championship and only the top 30 for the Tour Championship.
  • DAVID TOMS: The former LSU All-American and 2001 PGA champion David Toms is in the best shape of any ex-Tigers. He entered the week ranked 120th on the FedEx Cup points list, dicey for the playoffs, but 116th in money which has him relatively safe for his 2014-15 card. Toms also ranks eighth all-time in PGA Tour career earnings with over $40.2 million, and could use a career earnings exemption to keep his card if needed.
  • ANDREW LOUPE: Bolstered by a lone top-10 finish in San Antonio earlier this season (he tied for fourth), the former LSU Tiger is 140th on the money list and 145th in FedEx Cup points.  He needs to finish sixth or better this week to make the playoffs.
  • JOHN PETERSON: Peterson, the 2011 NCAA champion at LSU, is 178th in money and 177th in points. He would need to finish second or better to make the playoffs. Peterson’s had a rocky first full year on the PGA Tour, missing the cut in 16 of 24 starts (including the last five) with a tie for 19th in Memphis his best showing to date.