, Port Arthur, Texas


December 31, 2013

West golf notepad: Jackson resolves issues with Renaissance Group

PORT ARTHUR — Storm clouds that were gathering over the project to restore The Palms at Pleasure Island golf course appear to have blown away.

    Bryan Jackson, hired by the Port Arthur Renaissance Group as superintendent of the restoration last July, said Tuesday that he and Kevin Johnson of Renaissance have resolved issues that had Jackson thinking about walking away. Jackson said he and Johnson talked things out Monday afternoon, are going to meet on Friday and that he expects to see the project through to a hoped for re-opening in the spring.

    Johnson, meanwhile, said there was never any doubt in his mind that he and Jackson were going to be able to work things out.

    “We started bumping heads on some things about four months ago,” he said. “Things needed to come to a head and they did. We’re going to meet again on Friday and move on. Bryan is the guy we’ve wanted and needed to head up this project. There were some issues but we never stopped talking.

    “We share a common goal and that’s to give this community a really special golf course on Pleasure Island. I know that means a lot to Bryan. He got frustrated over some things. So did I. But we’re ready to move forward and complete the job.”

    Major tasks remaining at The Palms are to get control heads up and running for irrigation and the sprigging of new greens. Best news of late for Jackson and Johnson is that the wild hog problems which  had impeded progress for several months seem to be under control.

     CHIP SHOTS: The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 9/9 best ball, scramble format. Adam Noel-Gerald Huebel won First Flight was a 67, edging Larry Stansbury-Harry Green by one stroke. In Second Flight, Larry Foster-Bob Barnes shot 69 to edge Cap Hollier-Gene Hardy by a shot. Third Flight wound up in a tie at 77 between Harold Wilkinson-Tibbets and Dan Flood-Joe Benoit. Closest to the pin winners were Gary Fontenot (No. 2), Rick Pritchett (No. 7), Barnes (No. 12) and Hardy (No. 15) .  . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a best two-ball format. On the front, the team of Richard Briggs, B. Bryson and Paul Kimball won with minus 4. On the back, the threesome of Gerald Huebel, Adam Noel and Walter Colvin finished on top with minus 1 . . . In last week’s Senior 50 Plus Game, the team of Steve Picou, Jeff Rinehart, Richard Sibley and Arvie Young won the front in minus 1. The Picou team tied the back at even par . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. There was a two-way tie on the front at minus 4 between the team of Joe Gongora, Pritchett, Thad Borne and Dan Flood and the foursome of Craig Fontenot, Bill Hammond, Wes McDonald and Richard Sibley. The back was won at minus 3 by the team of Larry Stansbury, Tom Lawton, Ryan Thompson and Charlie Huckaby . . . Bill Taylor finished plus 7 to win the Friday Seniors points game at Belle Oaks with plus 7.  Major Rising was second at plus 5 and Jim Brown took third at minus 1.

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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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