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June 3, 2014

West golf notepad: Summer tourney schedule awaits juniors

PORT ARTHUR —     CHIP SHOTS: The First Tee of the Golden Triangle Executive Director Jerry Honza wants to remind all junior players that the summer Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour starts heating up in June. Upcoming are a June 9 tourney at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange and the Bruce Lietzke Classic June 16-17 at Idylwild Golf Club. Lietzke will once again return for the event and, as usual, stage clinics for junior players. To register for any of the summer tournaments, go to Honza is also interested in starting a junior golf league for kids ages 8-13. For more information on a relatively new concept in junior golf, go to, call Honza at 543-6364 or e-mail him at . . . It was a bad week for area PGA Tour favorite Chris Stroud in Columbus, Ohio. After shooting 74-68-74-76 to   finish near the bottom of those who made the cut in Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, Stroud carded a 73 in his opening round of U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at nearby Scioto Country Club, played a few holes in the afternoon round at Brookside Country Club, then withdrew. Dating back to a two-over 72 on the final day at Colonial in Fort Worth, five of Chris’ last six competitive rounds have been over par. He’ll next play in the Traveler’s Championship June 19-22 at Cromwell, Conn. The Traveler’s, of course, is where he finished second last year, after losing a playoff to Ken Duke . . . Another Lamar ex, Shawn Stefani,  came up short in U.S. Open Sectional qualifying at Colonial Country Club in Memphis. A year after finishing second in the qualfier in Memphis, and earning at Open slot at Merion with a 36-hole score of 134, Stefani was well back in the pack with rounds of 75-67 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was played in a two-ball format, with the team of Bill Hanley, Mark Petry and Tommy Duhon winning the front at plus one and tying the back at plus 1 with the threesome of Ron Mistrot, Rick Pritchett and Richard Sibley . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 9/9, two-man, best ball, flighted competition. Earl Richard-Mark Petry shot 67 to win First Flight by a stroke over Adam Noel-Raymond Darbonne. In Second Flight, Cap Hollier-Gary Fontenot carded a 69 to edge E.T. Robicheaux-Bill Jones by a shot. Ron Overstreet-John Overland won Third Flight with a 78, beating Robert Lynch-Dwain Morrison by two strokes. Closest to the pin winners were Robicheaux (No. 2), Larry Morris (No. 7), Richard (No. 12) and Pat Waiter (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Winning the front in minus 9 was the team of Larry Stansbury, Gerald Huebel, Jerry May and Dan Flood. On the back, the foursome of Paul Flores, Gene Rountree, Cap Holier and Pete Reobroi won win minus 2 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. The front went to the team of Steve Picou, Butch Pittman, Larry Foster and Arvie Young at minus 7. Finishing first on the back at minus 4 was the foursome of Dennis Walsh, Ron Theriot, Walker Colvin and Charles Perez . . . Twyman Ash and Major Rising tied at plus 2 in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Norm Shannon was closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Barry Jackson won at plus 3. Jim Slivernail and Rufus Mier tied for second at minus 5, with Silvernail winning close to the pin on No. 15. The Monday, May 26 Seniors at Belle Oaks was won by Rising at plus 2. Mier was second at minus 4. Bill Taylor won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . A few spots are still open in the 47th annual Silsbee Men’s Golf Association Invitational which is highlighted by a Pro Flight offering a $15,000 purse and a $4,000 winner’s check. Several Adams Tour players are entered in the Pro Flight, including Brian Rowel, M.J. Daffue, Tye Grissom and Justin Bates. Also gunning for the money will be Beaumont Country Club pro Rob Lietzke, Joran Meeks, Everett Nini, Russell Helson and Heath McGallion. Entry fee for the Pro and Championship Flights, both of which are 54 holes of medal play, are $300. Entry for the seven match play flights are $150. Included is a Thursday practice round, three tournament rounds, a Thursday night shrimp boil and entertainment, a Friday night dance and a Saturday night Texas Holdem tourney. Meals and drinks will be served each day. Call Mike Sanchez at 409 429-8348 to enter.

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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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