, Port Arthur, Texas

February 5, 2013

West golf notepad: Shelbi Vincent wins second straight tourney

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

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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