PORT ARTHUR — Nederland’s Thaine Tillie carded a 75 at Belle Oaks Saturday to win his second consecutive event on the Southeast Texas PGA-First Tee of the Golden Triangle Junior Winter Tour Series. Tillie, who now has two firsts and a second in three tournaments, edged Josh Elmore of Port Arthur by one stroke. The Nederland duo of Cole Trevino and Avery LeBlanc tied for third at 80. Nederland’s Brice Perryman upstaged Tillie to an extent by winning Boys 14-15 with an impressive two-under par 70 from the white tees. Other flight winners included Houstonian Jessica Rogina (82 in Girls 14-18), LC-M’s Jack Burke (80 in Boys 12-13), Micah Depew of Kountze (48 in Co-ed 10-11, 9 holes), Mackenzie Sears of Silsbee (68 in Girls 12-13, 9 holes) and Jay Duggal of Beaumont (33 in Co-ed 7-9, 6 holes) . . . PN-G, paced by an 82 from medalist runnerup Karlei Hemler’s, won the Bridge City Girls Invitational at Belle Oaks with a 374 team total. Other PN-G scores included a 92 by Brynna Bailey, a 99 by Railie Guidry and a 100 by Oxy Benitas. Nederland, led by Reid Whaley’s 92, placed second. Other Nederland scores included 99s by Reagan Bodin and Brittany Leatherwood and Deanna Rich’s 100. Silsbee’s Allison Davis was the meet medalist with an 82 . . . Chris Stroud was part of history in the process of posting a third-round 68 on a Saturday that saw the Phoenix Open set a PGA Tour single-day attendance record of 189,722. The tournament also set a four-day attendance mark of 563,356. Stroud showed he’s adept at playing to a frenzied crowd by making a birdie 2 both Saturday and Sunday on the event’s notorious 16th hole where thousands of boozed up fans cheer or jeer, depending on the shot. With 23 new skyboxes priced at $46,000 apiece added this year, tournament officials estimated the 16th hole alone brought in $10 million in revenue. Stroud’s T19 earned $63,302 and kept him at No. 18 on the money list with $836,120 in official earnings. He did drop one spot from 19 to 20 on the Fed Ex points list. Chris, as indicated earlier, is skipping the rest of the West Coast swing and doesn’t plan to play again until the Feb. 27 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla . . . Glen Sterling of Bridge City matched his age for the first time with a 68 at Babe Zaharias. Witnesses were Bones Morrison and Tommy Linder . . . The team of Gerald Huebel, Cap Hollier, Richard Sibley and Pete Reobroi finished minus 3 to win the front nine in the Senior 50 Plus game at Babe Zaharias. The back was won in plus 1 by the foursome of Adam Noel, Harrell Guidry, John House and Carl Certa. In last week’s Senior 50 Plus game, the team of Tony Trevino, Larry Johnson, Paul Kimball and Paul Duplantis won the front in minus 3, while the back went to the team of Cole Lee, Don MacNeil, Hollier and Paul Brown. They combined for minus 2 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2 person 9/9 format. Winning 1st Flight with a 70 was the duo of Gerald Huebel-Rick Pritchett. They finished a shot clear of Harry Green-Thad Borne and Larry Thompson-Cap Hollier. In 2nd Flight, Don MacNeil-Harold Wilkinson won with a 76, edging Steve Richard-Carl Certa by two strokes. Closest to the pin winners were Harrell Guidry (No. 2) and Thad Borne (No. 12) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Winning the front in minus 4 was the team of Cody Almand, Walter Colvin, Richard Sibley and Arvie Young. On the back, the foursome of Adam Noel, David Arnaud, Charlie Huckaby and Paul Brown won with minus 3 . . . Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell, as he does every year, has put together a master schedule for all tournaments scheduled for Southeast Texas golf courses in the upcoming year. That 2014 tournament list will be published in next week’s Golf Plus. If you are involved with a tournament that you fear may not have been submitted to Campbell, please contact him at 722-8286.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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