, Port Arthur, Texas


September 24, 2013

West golf notepad: Stroud set to collect first Fed Ex dividend

PORT ARTHUR — Chris Stroud’s first tangible bonus from making it to the third round of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs is a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Oct. 21-27 CIMB Classic. It’s a high dollar event ($7.1 million pursue) that awards Fed Ex Cup points for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season and offers a $50,000 guarantee to each contestant. Phil Mickelson heads the United States contingent in a limited field of 78 players. Stroud’s tentative fall schedule also includes playing in three of the four events that kick off the PGA Tour’s 2013-14 season. His plans are to play in the Fry’ Oct. 10-13 in San Martin, Calif., the McGladrey’s Nov. 7-10 at Sea Island, Ga., and the OHL Classic Nov. 14-17 at the Mayakoba Resort in Mexico. The Lamar ex wound up No. 55 on the 2013 money list with $1,602,122 in official earnings . . . The Palms at Pleasure Island took a massive hit from a hog attack Monday night. “A lot of hard work just went down the drain,” said distraught course superintendent Bryan Jackson. “They made a mess all over the front nine. Some of the places they dug are almost three feet deep.” The hog devastation was doubly disappointing because Jackson had an armed army of eight hog hunters at The Palms for an all-night session on Saturday. “It was almost like they knew we were there,” Jackson said. “We were all over the course until 4:30 a.m. and didn’t see a single hog.” Jackson is so concerned about the hog devastation that he’s postponed work on the greens that was supposed to begin this week . . . The Palms wasn’t the only area course under siege from hogs in the last few days. Belle Oaks was also ravaged in several places Saturday night, although none of the damage took place on fairways or greens. But it’s probably just a matter of time . . . Noel Byars of Beaumont used a 9-iron to score a hole-in-one on the 125-yard, second hole at Babe Zaharias. It was his second ace. The shot was witnessed by Roy Martinez, Ted Johnson and Lester Landgraf . . . Jimmy Flowers Jr. of Beaumont pulled off the rarity of shooting his age last Tuesday at The Babe. Flowers, playing in a foursome that included Ronnie Pfleider, Monroe Scurloch and Jim Fitzgerald, fired an 84 . . . The Groves Fire Volunteer Fire Department’s 18th annual tournament, played at Belle Oaks, was won by the team of Rob Long, Jeff Landry, Mike Johnson and Trevor Juarez. Using a unique format that called for a blind draw and the two best balls of each foursome, the Long team finished minus 3. Tying for second at plus 10 was the team of Lance Matthews, Stewart Brown, Jay Spikes and Trent Whitehead. Also finishing plus 10 was the team of Aaron Gibson, Mark Osbourne, Stran Saunders and a blind partner. Long claimed the first place individual medal, while David Allen won the putting competition. Closest to the pin winners were Taylor  Reese (No. 3, No. 8), Long No. 12 and  Paul Szuch (No. 15). Long (No. 6) and Jake Monceaux (No. 14) were long drive winners . . . Recent PN-G graduate Jarrod Brown is off to a good start for Mary Hardin-Baylor’s golf team. Brown claimed the No. 1 spot for the opening fall tourney by winning a 72-hole qualifying competition. He shot 80-77 in MHB’s first tournament in Tunica, Miss., as MHB finished  10 out of 21 teams . . . The team of Don MacNeil, Cody Metts, John Bass and Jobie Irvine won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 20 points. Second with 19 points was the foursome of Jim Jordan, Larry Johnson, Ed Hetzel and Malcolm Tiller. Closest to the hole winners were Steve Picou (No. 2), Cody Metts (No. 7), Rick Pritchett (No. 12) and Cricket Owen (No. 15)  . . . The East Texas Senior Tour Pro-Am played at Babe Zaharias was won by the team of Roy Martinez, Ken Watson, Monroe Scurlock and Lester Landgaf. They finished with 26 points. Second with 19 points was the team of Robert Marino, Dick Gillet, Bob Hood and C.B. Shanan . . . Bill Taylor and Major Rising both finished plus 3 to tie for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Twyman Ash was third at zero. Rufus Mier won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . There were three-way ties for first place on both the front and back nine of the Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias. In the deadlock at minus 3 on the front was the team of Jim Jordan, R.Darbonne, Walter Colvin and Pete Reobroi, the foursome of Larry Thompson, Keith Rochau, Ed Hetzel and Jim Cooper and the team of Richard Briggs, Mimi Rose, Tommy Lemire and Gene Hardy. The Jordan team was also in the three-way tie on the back, along with the team or Earl Richard, Jeff Rinehart, Roland Burris and Charles Perez and the foursome of Benny Sharpe, Larry Johnson, Bud Auffurth and Larry Rogers . . .  Entries are being taken for the 18th annual Joe Williamson Memorial Tournament Oct. 5 at Babe Zaharias. It’s a two-person scramble, with teams flighted by the low handicap. Entry fee is $50 per player, which includes greens fee and cart. Each player will be allowed two $5 mulligans. All proceeds go toward scholarship and Nederland and Port Neches-Groves. Anyone with questions should call the Zaharias golf shop (722-8286) or Wendell Meaux (790-8873).

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    (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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