Bertha Hebert of Nederland drove all the way to San Antonio to record the second hole in one of her golfing life. Hebert sank a 5-wood into a stiff wind on the uphill 147-yard, No. 3 hole at the Republic Golf Course. The shot was witnessed by Iris Marquardt . . . Regulars at Babe Zaharias were saddened at the passing of 70-year-old Vernon Drummond. Drummond, a deacon at St. Charles Church, was one of the most avid golfers in Southeast Texas. “Vernon loved the game as much as anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Zaharias pro Ed Campbell, “and he was a darn good player. Everybody out here knew him and liked him. He was so crazy about the game he’d slip over here between masses and work on his putting.” . . . Chris Stroud tied for 45th and won $15,444 in his first start of the 2009 PGA Tour season at the Sony Open. He probably walked away, however, lamenting a still balky putter. Stroud was third in the field in greens hit in regulalation, but 73rd in putting with an average of 31.0 per round. The former Lamar All-America was also 16th in driving distance and tied for 19th in driving accuracy. He’ll back in action today at the Bob Hope Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif. The 90-hole event is played over four courses . . . The team of David Arnaud, Brian Sanchez, David Arnuad Jr. and Mariano Nasser won the Babe Zaharias DogFight at 19&9. Placing second at 17&5 was the team of Jack Pittman, Rick Pritchett, Jim Cooper and Jim Thompson. Third at 16&4 went to the team of Darrell Dugas, Teddy Davis, Ray Trahan, Don Richard and Harold Wilkinson. Closest to the hole winners were Harry Green (No. 2), Davis (No. 7), Billy Hatfield (no. 12) and Cooper (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias Senior game was won at plus nine by the team of Charlie Huckaby, Ronie Sciarrilla and Harold Wilkinson. Second at plus three was the team of Robert Lynch, Dootsy Abshire and Dwayne Morrison. Closest to the hole winners were Ingraham (No. 2) and Lynch (No. 15) . . . Kelly sophomore Tyler Thomas returned from a two-month layoff with a back injury to place second in Boys 15&Under; at the Upland Entergy Open. Thomas shot 78-78 for a 36-hole score of 156 in the Texas Junior Golf Tour event at BlackHorse Golf Club . . . Area junior players are reminded that the first stop on the STPGA Junior Winter Tour is Saturday at Bayou Din. Anyone who wants to play but hasn’t entered should call Ed Campbell at 722-8286 or Clint Martin at 796-1327 The April 2-5 Shell Houston Open got a shot in the arm this week when Greg Norman accepted a sponsor’s exemption. Norman, who led last year’s British Open after 54 holes, will be playing in the SHO for the first time since 2002. He tied for first in the 1988 SHO but lost in a playoff to Curtis Strange at The Woodlands TPC course.
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