, Port Arthur, Texas


February 12, 2013

West golf notepad: PN-G's Bailey celebrates sweet 16 with victory

PORT ARTHUR — PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey gave himself an early birthday present over the weekend, shooting rounds of 73-70 for a one-over-par 143 that was good for medalist honors in a strong schoolboy field Magnolia Shootout at High Meadow Ranch. Bailey, who turned 16 on Monday, won by three shots over Fernando Cruz of The Woodlands and helped the Indians to second place in the team competition with a 36-hole total of 612. Other PN-G scores were Lonnie LaBove’s 153 (74-79), Jarrod Brown’s 157 (79-78) and Tyler Rawson’s 159 (79-80).  The Woodlands, which is ranked No. 2 in 5A, won with a 591 total. Three players from The Woodlands finished in the top 4 individual scores. Bryan was third in team competition with a 620, followed by The Woodlands No. 2 at 624 . . .  James Walker of Orange took advantage of the PN-G golf team playing in Houston and won Boys 16-18 in The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Southeast Texas Junior Winter Tour stop at Henry Homberg golf club with a 73 (39-34). Walker won by six shots over Jorge Alvarado of Hamshire. Other flight winners were Josh Elmore of Port Arthur (88 in boys 14-15), Karlei Hemler of Groves (78 in Girls 16-18), Peyton Weems of Lumberton (87 in Boys 12-13), Jack Burke of Orange (41 in Boys 10-11, 9 holes) and Micah DePew of Kountze (37 in Boys 7-9, 6 hole modified). DePew needed a putt off to top Will VanPelt of Nederland, who also shot 37 . . . Orange’s Michael Arnaud ate up the Panther Trail course at The Woodlands with rounds of 66-64 to win last week’s Adams Pro Golf Tour Winter Series tournament with a 14-under-par 130. The victory paid Arnaud $4,450 and moved him to No. 5 on the winter money list at $8,116.50. PN-G ex Andrew Landry finished T7, collected $1,138.33 and is No. 6 on the money list at $7,812.91 . . . Former Lamar University quarterback Glen Hill, who now lives in Brownwood, made a Super Bowl weekend trip to Las Vegas pay off with his second hole in one. Hill aced the 183-yard, 7th hole at Spanish Trails with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Jack Bryant and Paul Sudduth . . . Biggest golf news of the past week in the Houston area was word that world No. 1 Rory McIlory has committed to play in the March 28-31 Shell Houston Open. It will be McIlroy’s third time to play in Houston but first since he became No. 1. Phil Mickelson, who won in Houston in 2011, isn’t official yet but he’s also expected to play and, because the tournament is two weeks before the Masters, there’s an outside chance Tiger Woods will enter. Looks like the SHO is not going to suffer too much from being moved off its favored  date the week before the Masters . . . Once again rain and wet conditions limited golf results from around Southeast Texas. Mike Hebert finished plus 7 to win the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Ron Somerville and Joe Vanderweg tied for second at plus 3. Vanderweg won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-person scramble format and ended in a two-way tie. The team of Earl Richard, Larry Foster, Maurice Ross and Larry Vicknair finished minus 9 as did the foursome of Dillard Darbonne, Raymond Darbonne, Bill Jones and Paul Bourgeois. Third at minus eight was the team of Bill Hanley, Butch Landry, Charles Leard and Jim Thompson. Closest to the pin winners were Harrell Guidry (No. 2), Rick Pritchett (No. 7), Raymond Darbonne (No. 12) and Richard No. 15 . . . Elsewhere on this page is the list of area tournaments for 2013. If you are aware of a tournament that is not listed, e-mail me at or phone me at 721-2432. In the final Golf Plus of each month, we’ll run the tournaments for the following month. Many thanks to Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell for getting the master schedule assembled.

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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

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

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

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • 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.

    July 21, 2014

  • 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.

    July 19, 2014

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

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

  • West column: Pacers hiring Pat Knight didn't help Lamar

    July 19, 2014

  • 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

    July 15, 2014

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