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Before the final round of the 105th Louisiana Amateur golf championship, third-round leader Greg Berthelot said the key to winning was remembering that par was your friend. On Sunday, he found out that triple bogey can be a friendly score, as well.

For 17 holes, Berthelot played so well that he led by four shots when he got to the tee box at the Country Club of Louisiana’s par-4 18th hole.

He needed every one of them to win the tournament.

Including an errant tee shot, Berthelot’s first two shots still had him 80 yards short of the green. His third caught a tree branch and found water left of the green, and he eventually found himself with an uphill four-footer for triple bogey to prevent a playoff.

Berthelot holed the putt to finish off a four-round total of 6-under par 272. It was just enough to edge Jarrod Johnson, who shot 66 on Sunday and finished at 5 under.

“The third shot (on 18) I was trying to hit the center of the green, and it clipped the tree and went in the water,” said Berthelot, who then chipped up leaving a downhill 15-footer for double bogey. “I blew it by but I made the come-backer. Luckily, I had a four-shot lead so triple didn’t matter.”

The win was Berthelot’s third LGA amateur championship. He also won in 2011 and 2022, but this year’s win was the first that included an exemption to the U.S. Amateur, which will be Aug. 12-18.

“I didn’t even register for the U.S. Amateur. I was going to take my chances,” Berthelot said.

Former Dunham golfer Ryan Dupuy finished tied for third at 3 under, and was Berthelot’s closest pursuer for much of the final round. He birdied holes 5 and 10 to move to 6 under, one shot behind Berthelot.

A par at the par-5 11th hole added pressure on Dupuy, who had four bogeys in his final seven holes before finishing with a round of 73.

“I knew I was going to need a great round. Tee to green I gave myself a chance, but nothing (putting) was really going in,” Dupuy said. “I knew I would probably lose a stroke when I parred 11. I needed three or four birdies coming in.”

Also tied for third was Ryan Fulton, who closed with a 68. Three golfers tied for fourth at 2 under, a group that included former champions Jake Marler and John Humphries.