, Port Arthur, Texas


October 30, 2012

West golf notepad: Jim Arisco bags ace at Rayburn


    Dr. Jim Arisco made the most of a trip to Rayburn Country last week by scoring a hole-in-one on the 186-yard, 4th hole on the Blue Course. Arisco swung a 6-iron to record what was his second ace. The shot was witnessed by Mark Eddingston, David Brandom and Buddy Reynolds . . . The Port Neches-Groves boys golf program came away a big winner Friday at The Patch, as a result of its second annual fund-raising scramble. Thanks to some 60 hole sponsors and 23 participating teams, over $13,000 was netted for travel expenses for coach Rick Keyes’ team that is the defending district and regional champion, and is expected to make a strong run at the 2013 4A state championship. Winning team in the scramble, with a score of 53, was the foursome of Lance Bradley, Brad Bailey, Itchy Greig and Chris Weber. Finishing a shot back in second place was the foursome of Josh Crum, Jordan Havard, Tyler Rawson and Jacob Lefort . . . A final round 78 kept PN-G ex Andrew Landry from advancing through the PGA Tour School First Stage Qualifier at Deerwood Golf Club outside Houston. Landry finished T35 with a 72-hole score of 290. It took a 284 to finish in the top 18 and advance to the second stage. One familiar name who made it at Deerwood was Lamar ex M.J. Daffue. He tied for 9th with a 279. Another Lamar ex, Casey Clendenon, tied for 38th with a 291. Another area player who came close was former Beaumonter Anthony Broussard. The Kelly ex shot 291 at Lantana, tied for 21st and missed by two shots . . . The team of Aaron Aguilard, Tony Cacioppo, Don McDonald and Sterling McDonald carded a 57 to win the Richard Design Scramble at Belle Oaks. Tied for second at 58 was the team of Cody Guy, Mike Johnson, Adam Brown and Clint Dubec and the foursome of Byron Korry, Brandon Spell, Travis Watson and Jeremy Grant. Closest to the pin winners were Guy on No. 8 and Chris Nelson on No. 15. Long drive prizes went to Steve Nelson (No. 4) and Don McDonald on No. 14 . . . The team of Greg Parker, Mike Parker, Mark Hanlon and Terry Sonnier shot a 65 to win the inaugural Port Arthur Founders Lions Club Charity Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Second with a 68 was the team of Reggie Garner, Mark Smith, Jon Garner and Chester Garner . . . The Senior Game at the Babe featured two-man teams playing best ball on the front and scramble on the back. Larry Morris-Harrell Guidry won 1st Flight at minus 7, edging Bill Hanley-Bill Fears by a stroke. In 2nd Flight the duo of Ron Scirilla-Mark Petry posted 1 under to clip Bill Jones-Bob Byerly by a shot. Jim Cooper-Harry Green were minus 5 in 3rd Flight to finish four shots clear of E.T. Robicheaux-Paul Duplantis. Art Miller-Mr. Overland won 4th Flight by two shots over Dwayne Morris-Gene Noble with plus 1. Closest to the pin winners were Bernie Johnson (No. 1, Guidry (No. 7), Larry Rodgers (No. 12) and Pat Waite (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was won at 17&5 by the team of Steve Picou, Butch Cross, Bill Fears and Steve Childree. There was a tie for second between the foursome of Bill Hanley, Jack Pittman, Rodney Christman and Charles Huckaby (16&4) and the team of Bill Hammond, Jim Cooper, Joe Pal and Gary Anderson (16&2). Closest to the pin winners were Craig Fontenot (No. 2), Cody Metts (No. 7), Butch Cross (No. 12) and Earl Richard (No. 15) . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Patch was played in a two-ball format, with the team of Jimmy Fetters, R.J. Simon, Walter Colvin, Joe Castleman and Bob Barnes winning the front with minus 8. On the back the Fetters team tied at minus 9 with the team of Charles Cooksey, Charles Heider, M. Melancon and David Guarnere . . . Rufus Mier finished plus 2 to win the Monday Senior points game at Belle Oaks. Mike Hebert was second at plus 1. Hebert was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The Genesis Abundant Life Church is hosting a blind draw fund-raising tournament Saturday at Belle Oaks, with proceeds targeted for its Building Fund. Entry fee is $75 for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Call 540-4134 or 540-9026 . . . The first ever Southeast Texas Senior Championship is set for next Tuesday and Wednesday, with the opening round at Babe Zaharias and the second day at Bayou Din. Open to players ages 60 and over, the tourney is targeting the entire $25 entry fee to the prize fund. Carts and greens fee are not included in the entry. Players will be flighted by handicap and a 9 a.m. start is planned for both days. Call Ed Campbell at 722-8286 or Clint Martin at 796-1327.

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    (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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