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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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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