, Port Arthur, Texas


February 5, 2013

West golf notepad: Shelbi Vincent wins second straight tourney

PORT ARTHUR — Shelbi Vincent of Nederland is on a bit of a roll in girls 16-18 on The First Tee of the Golden Triangle’s Southeast Texas Junior Winter Tour. Vincent fired an 81 Saturday at Belle Oaks to win for the second consecutive week. It had been incorrectly reported last week that Karlei Hemler won girls 16-18 at Idylwild, but the winner was Vincent. PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey won again in Boys 16-18, rolling in eight birdies enroute to a 67 and a six-shot victory over Indian teammate Lonnie LaBove. Other flight winners were Josh Elmore of Port Arthur (90 in Boys 14-15, Jack Burke of Orange (43 in Boys 10-11, 9 hole) and Micah Depew of Kountze (34 in Boys 7-9, 6 hole) . . . This week’s tour stop is at Henry Homberg in Beaumont . . .  Mel Pascua of Beaumont earned himself a place on the 2013 hole-in-one club after sinking his tee shot on the 130-yard 17th on the Bayou Back at Bayou Din. Pascua used a 27-degree hybrid. Witnesses were Jim Powell, Tom May and Bryan Grant . . . Chris Stroud used an interesting putter switch as a springboard to making his first cut of 2013 last week in Scottsdale. Stroud, whose opening round was suspended  after 14 holes, went to an all-night indoor putting-green shop with a friend named Mark Gauthier, starting holing putts with Gauthier’s regulation-length putter and decided to buy an identical model. Under PGA Tour rules, he had to use his long putter for the final four holes of his first round when play resumed Friday morning and signed off a 71. He then switched to the new putter, made two bombs over 30 feet, holed several critical par putts and shot 66 to make a four-under-par cut by one stroke. Chris didn’t putt as well on the weekend, but he at least headed for this week’s stop at Pebble Beach with some positive vibes . . .  Speaking of Pebble Beach, the usual complement of big-name celebs will be on hand to team with the pros at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club and to soak up TV time. Included are Cowboys QB Tony Romo, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, pitching aces Justin Verlander of Detroit and Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants, New England coach Bill Belichick, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and, of course, actor Bill Murray. Romo will have a new partner after his 2012 partner, Tiger Woods, opted not to play this week . . . The foursome of Hilario Padia, Charlie Scott, Charlie Huckaby and Jim Thompson finished 13&2 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Placing second at 11&3 was the tam of Mark Stogner, Allen Davis, Greg Theriot and Ron Overstreet. Closest to the hole winners were Butch Landry (No. 2), Don MacNeil (No. 7), Cody Metts and Gary Anderson (No. 12) and Adam Noel (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball, handicapped format. The team of David English, Harry Green, Charlie Huckaby and Jim Thompson won the front in minus 15. On the back there was a three-way tie at minus 11 between the English team, the foursome of Earl Richard, Gene Hardy, L.J. Hardy and Paul Brown and the foursome of Ron Sciarrilla, Jim Cooper, Mark Petry and Jack Wilson. Closest to the pin winners were Raymond Darbonne (No. 2), Ted Estes (No. 7), Huckaby (No. 12) and Hardy (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format without handicap. The team of Bill Hanley, David Arnaud, Jim Cooper and Cody Almand won the front in minus four. On the back, the foursome of Larry Padia, Raymond Darbonne, Mark Petry and Roger Baumer won with minus 6 . . . Bill Worsham finished plus 4 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Bill Taylor and Ron Somerville tied for second at plus 3. Taylor was closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Mike Hebert won with plus 7. Norm Shannon was second at plus 4 and Twyman Ash third at plus 2. Hebert won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . The spring and summer portion of the Southeast Texas Senior Pro-Am kicks off Tuesday, March 19 at Idylwild, with tournaments to follow April 16 at Bayou Din, May 14 at Babe Zaharias and June 11 at Wildwood. Fall events are set for Sept. 17 at Zaharias, Oct. 15 at Idylwild, Nov. 12 at Wildwood and Dec. 10 at Bayou Din. The pro-ams are open to all seniors 60 and older, with membership dues priced at $10. Tournament entry fees are $35 per event, with the money covering greens fees, cart and merchandise prizes. All tournaments start at 8 a.m., with each event featuring a blind draw ABCD points competition. Membership forms can be obtained from Ronnie Pfleider at Idylwild Golf Club (409 753-2521) . . . The 2013 area tournament schedule will be published in next Wednesday’s Golf Plus. Anyone wishing to make sure an event is listed should call Ed Campbell 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 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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  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

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  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

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  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

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  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

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  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

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