The Louisiana Open is the oldest professional golf tournament in the state of Louisiana dating back to the 1920s. However, it was not until 1957 that the tournament began maturing into the organized event that it is today. In 1978, a successful effort was made to move the Louisiana Open to Les Vieux Chenes de Lafayette Golf Course.
1986 brought more change for the Louisiana Open. Herbert E. Schilling II, President of the Schilling Distributing Company, incorporated the event into a 501 C-3 non-profit organization, created a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, and officially renamed the event, the Louisiana Open Golf Tournament.
Harry Patin, Jr.