, Port Arthur, Texas


November 6, 2012

West golf notepad: Cap Hollier latest to bag albatross

PORT ARTHUR — Cap Hollier joined the ever expanding albatross club last week when he holed his second shot with a driver on the 450-yard, par 5, 9th at The Patch. It was the second double eagle on that hole in the past six weeks — Bob Briggs made the other one — and the fifth reported to the Golf Plus in 2012. The shot was witnessed by Harville Strohm and Ryan Thompson . . . Hollier’s 2 trumped the 1 scored at Babe Zaharias by 78-year-old Adam Noel. Noel of Groves, using a 5-iron on the 148-yard, 2nd, scored his 3rd hole in one. The ace, which came during the DogFight, was witnessed by Rick Pritchett, Joby Irvine and Bob Sheldon . . . PN-G and Lamar ex Chris Stroud will be trying to reverse a troubling trend when he tees it up Thursday in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic Hospitals Classic at Disney World. It’s the final PGA Tour event of 2012. Stroud has missed four consecutive cuts and five of the last six. He’s No. 103 on the money list with $893,230, after fininshing No. 85 and winning $1,096,449 in 2011 . . . Two of the area’s rising juniors picked up victories last week in the USSSA Golf Full House Classic II at Kosati Pines in Kinder, La. Bryce Shaver fired a 36-hole score of 148 (77-71) to win boys 14-15 while Karlei Hemler played above her age group in Girls 15-18 and won with a 158 (79-79) . . . The team of Sterling McDonald, Don McDonald, James Odom and Daniel Peters combined for a 55 to win first place in the Nederland Westernaires Scramble at Belle Oaks. Closest to the pin winners were Mitch Macon (No. 3) Bill Hammon (No. 8) and Don McDonald (No. 15). Felicia Sauceda won the long dirve on No. 4 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at the Patch was played in a 2 ball format. On the front, there was a tie at minus 6 between the team of J. Tompkins, Vin Oliva, Pat Waite and Harville Strohm and the team of Charles Heider, Mike Melancon, Joe Castleman and Bud Auffurth. On the back, there was a tie at minus seven beween the Heider team and the fousome of Charles Cooksey, Bill Draughon, Charles Scott and Glen Frederick. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, the starting time for the Senior 50 Plus Game will be 9 a.m. . . . Ron Somerville finished plus 6 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Glen LeBlanc was second at plus 2, while Bill Worsham finished third at plus 1. Barry Jackson was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Jackson won with plus 6. Jim Brown placed second at plus 3, with Major Rising and Somerville tied for third at plus 2. LeBlanc was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The team of Hilario Padia, Mark Petry, Dillard Darbonne and Harold Wilkinson won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 18&2. Second at 17&2 was the team of Paul Allemand, Jack Pittman, Harry Green and Gary Anderson. Closest to the hole winners were Adam Noel (ace on No. 2), Roy Martinez (No. 7), Steve Picou (No. 12) and Billy Thillet (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four person points format and was won at plus 7 by the team of Harrell Guidry, Gerald Huebel, Dickie Robinson and Dwayne Morrison. Tying for second at plus 6 was the team of Rick Pritchett, Harry Green, Ron Sciarilla and Pete Reobroi and the foursome of Bill Hanley, Ron Overstreet, Larry Rogers and Maurice Ross. Closest to the pin winners were Eddie Delk (No. 2), Reobroi (No. 7), Gene Noble (No. 12) and Tony Trevino (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format. On the front, the team of Larry Padia, Craig Fontenot, Harry Green and Richard Sibley won with minus 8. On the back, the foursome of Adam Noel, Raymond Darbonne, Gerald Huebel and Steve Cameron prevailed at minus 5 . . . Area juniors are reminded the registration is ongoing for the second stop in The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Southeast Texas Junior Tour Fall Finish Series at Wildwood. The event is open to junors ages 7 to 18 and has an entry fee of $20. Forms can be picked up at the Babe Zaharias golf shop or downloaded from For more information, contact Ed Campbell (722-8286), Clint Martin (796-1327), Richard Cockrell (834-2940) of Jerry Honza (719-3949) . . . The Southeast Texas Senior Championship, scheduled for 36 holes over Babe Zaharias and Bayou Din last week, was postponed because of a lack of entries. Plans are to reschedule it for next spring.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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