, Port Arthur, Texas


April 2, 2013

West golf notepad: PN-G finishes second in Huntsville tourney

PORT ARTHUR — Port Neches-Groves was a bit off its normal form in last week’s Huntsville Boys’ Spring Classic, played at the Raven’s Nest Golf Club which hosts the upcoming 4A regional. The Indians, paced by a 151(76-75) from Lonnie LaBove finished 20 shots off the pace of 4A winner Huntsville with a 627. Other Indian scores includes a 154 (81-73) by Braden Bailey, a 160 (78-82) from Jarrod Brown and Brandon Soileau’s 162  (80-82).  Nederland, led by Thaine Tillie’s 160 (78-82) was seventh at 662. Other Nederland scores included Hunter Huff’s 163 (78-85), Cole Trevino’s 169 (82-87) and Michael Glover’s 170 (82-88). Huntsville’s Chandler Phillips was the medalist with a 138 (71-67). PN-G will be out to defend its District 20-4A championship next Monday and Tuesday at Wildwood Golf Club . . . Former Lamar quarterback Glen Hill made his second hole in one of 2013 last week in Brownwood. Hill sank a 6-iron on the 164-yard, 5th hole at Hideout Golf Club on Lake Brownwood.  Witnesses were Eddie Thompson, Mike Bailey, Delmer Magrady and Steve Williams . . . After making his fifth consecutive cut last week in Houston, Chris Stroud went on to finish T38 and win $25,420. He’s now No. 111 on the 2013 money list at $234,917. Stroud, by the way, topped the $5 million mark in official PGA Tour earnings the previous week at Bay Hill. He has now won $5,077,948 on the PGA Tour . . . Raymond Rice finished plus 3 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Mike Hebert and Bill Worsham tied for second at plus 1. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Bill Taylor won with plus 4. Ralph Childress and Barry Jackson tied for second at plus 2. Rice won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . The team of Dillard Darbonne, Raymond Darbonne, Charles Leard and Mark Petry finished minus 2 to win the front 9 in the Babe Zaharias Senior 50 Plus Game. On the back, the foursome of Craig Fontenot, Larry Johnson, Gary Anderson and Paul Brown won with minus 4 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was won at 19&5 by the team of Roy Martinez, Cole Lee, Roger Koch and Richard Sibley. There was a tie for second at 16&3 between the team of Adam Noel, Gary Whitfill, Don MacNeil and Larry Rogers and the team of Dwayne Morvant, Bill Fears, Lee Bertrand, Don Duplan and Harold Wilkinson. Closest OT the hole winners were Whitfill (No. 2), Joe Pal (No. 7), Bob Moore (No. 12) and Jack Anderson (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format. The team of Rick Brunner, Dennis Rountree, Ivory Hatch and Robert Lynch won the front in minus 7. On the back, the foursome of Roddy Weatherly, Rick Pritchett, Richard Sibley and Harold Wilkinson won with minus 2 . . . The Senior Game at the Babe was played in a 4 person, 2 ball handicap format. The front nine ended in a tie at minus 15 between the team of Bill Hanley, Gene Hardy and Bob Moore and the team of Raymond Darbonne, Charles Leard, Gene Noble and Paul Bourgeois. On the back, the team of Hilario Padia, Bob Frazier and Charles Huckaby won with minus 12. Closest to the pin winners were Jack Wilson (No. 2), Paul Duplantis (No. 7), Padia (No. 12) and Don MacNeil (No. 15) . . . Upcoming tournaments include the 24th annual Port Arthur Sertoma Club Scramble April 12 at Belle Oaks, the Nederland Heritage Festival (2 person best ball, scramble) April 13 at Babe Zaharias and April 14 at Bayou Din, the Estelle and Allen Fetters Center Scramble April 20 at Belle Oaks and the Memorial High School PTSA Scramble April 20 at Babe Zaharias . . . Contact person for the Sertoma Tournament is Holly Hinds at 728-6206 or Proceeds go to Southeast Texans with speech and hearing difficulties and to college scholarships for Audiologists . . . Golfers wanting to enter the Nederland Heritage Festival  should contact Ed Campbell at 722-8286 or Clint Martin at 796-1327. Entry fee is $100 per player over and above cart and greens fees. All of the entry fee money goes to the prize fund. Teams will be flighted by the low handicap . . . The Estelle and Allen Fetters Center event, with proceeds going to benefit its center for Specially Challenged Adults, has a $50 per person or $200 per team entry that includes greens fee, cart, food and cold drinks. Call Leroy Falcon at 962-5047 or 960-2475 or Mike Melancon (962-4755) or 289-1781 for more information . . . The Memorial PTSA tourney carries a $60 per person entry, with revenues benefiting Memorial students. Players are asked to consider sponsoring a high school golfer to be part of their team. Contact Emanuel Preston (363-1979) or  Cheryl Harkless at 365-8305 . . . The biggest tournament on tap this weekend is The BASF and Total Miracle Match for Life Scramble Friday at Bayou Din, benefiting the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program and the LifeShare Bloodcenters. It will have morning and afternoon shotguns. Also on tap are  the St. Catherine School fundraiser Saturday at Belle Oaks and the Tyrrell Garth Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Beaumont Country Club.

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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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