, Port Arthur, Texas


May 20, 2014

West golf notepad: Tillie wins Junior Players Championship in sudden death

PORT ARTHUR — Thaine Tillie birdied the third hole of a sudden death playoff at Bayou Din to win medalist honors in Boys 16-18 in the Southeast Texas Junior Tour’s Junior Players Championship. Extra holes were needed after Tillie and Nederland teammate Hunter Huff carded 72s. Other flight winners included Reid Whaley (86 in Girls 16-18), Michael Krautz (77 in Boys 14-15), Brayden Wright in Boys 12-13, Tanner Teems (41 in Co-Ed  10-11, 9 holes) and Daigan Venable (47 in Co-Ed 7-9, 9 holes). Elsewhere on this page is the complete summer schedule of junior tournaments and a list of junior golf camps . . . Boston transplant Rocco Mastrangelo, who marshalls at Brentwood Country Club, scored his second-ever ace on Brentwood’s 170-yard, 8th hole. Nursing a bad back, he used a 22-degree hybrid while thinking “swing like an Asian girl.” Whatever works. Witnesses were Jim Nethery, Matthew Ross and Phil Veillion . . . Former Lamar golfers earned paychecks on three different tours this past week. Shawn Stefani, who seems to be building a resume as Comeback Player of the Year on the PGA Tour, fired a closing 67 in the HP Bryon Nelson Championship  to finish T11 with a 6-under 274 and add $146,290 to his bank account. Stefani, who dramatically saved his PGA Tour card for 2014 with a dramatic, fifth place finish in the Shell Houston Open, moved up from No. 135 to 117 on the money list. He’s won $451,943 in seven tournaments. Meanwhile, Dawie van der Walt finished T23 and won $6,034 after shooting a 12-under-par 274 in the BMW Charity Pro-Am and John Riegger collected $10,780 for his T40 in the Champions Tour Regions Tradition. He shot 7-over 295 . . . If you don’t think PN-G star Braden Bailey’s competition was extremely stiff in the 4A state championship, check out the scores from the Byron Nelson. Two weeks after he claimed the 4A title, Dallas Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler finished T22 in the Nelson with rounds of 71-68-69-68 for a four-under 276. It would have been worth $64,055 but Scheffler couldn’t take the money because he’s an amateur. Among the pros  Scheffler beat were Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and the previous Dallas schoolboy phenom Jordan Spieth. Scheffler is headed to the University of Texas but probably won’t be there any longer than Spieth was . . . Local favorite Chris Stroud skipped the Byron Nelson but will play in this week’s Colonial. Stroud, who has struggled of late, finished T7 and pocketed $192,800 in the 2013 Colonial. He’ll be going in on an upbeat note after becoming the first golfer inducted in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor Tuesday night in Frisco . . . Jim Brown finished plus 7 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Rufus Mier was second at plus 4, with David Vorpahl third at plus 2. Vorpahl won closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Jim Silvernail won with plus 7. Vorpahl was second at plus 5 and Bill Taylor third at  plus 2. Brown was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The USA Mobile Drug Testing Team of Dale Dugas, Jerrod Dugas, Landon Womack and Bryan Croaker shot 56 to win the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Four Person Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Second at 58 was the Ritter Forest Products team of Johnny Montagne, Johnny Montagne Jr., Jerry Nathan and Jason Montagne. Closest to the pin winners were Mark Osborne (No. 2), Garrett Thomas (No. 7), Allen Davis (No. 12) and Chris Backos (No. 15). Ron Carlin claimed the long drive prize on No. 18. Other specialty contest winners were Patrick Jones for longest putt on No. 1, Carlin for longest putt on No. 9 and Kirk Roccaforte for closest second shot on No. 11, a chip-in . . . There was a sweep in the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, which as always was played in a best 2-ball format. The foursome of Adam Noel, Larry Johnson, Jerry May and Gary Anderson won the front with minus 8 and the back with minus 7 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 3-ball format. Winning the front in minus 12 was the team of Mark Petry, Dillard Darbonne, Bob Moore, Robert Lynch and Dwain Morrison. The back went to the foursome of Dennis Frazier, Gene Hardy, Gene Noble and Stedman Tahaney. They came in at minus 10. Closest to the pin winners were Rodney Christman (No. 2, No. 15), Petry (No. 7) and Jim Cooper (No. 12)  . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Larry Morris, Larry Johnson, Lee Bertrand and Robert Lynch winning the front in minus 6 and the back in minus 3 . . . Entries are now being taken for the June 28-29 Southeast Texas Championship. The medal play event features 18 holes at Babe Zaharias on June 28 and 18 more at Bayou Din on June 29. Entry fee is $50, which does not include greens fee or cart. All entry money goes to the prize fund. Players will be flighted by handicap except for an open flight by the choice. Call 722-8286 or 796-1327 . . . If you want a shot at a million dollars that doesn’t involve buying a lottery ticket, register for the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes at The new sponsor of Tiger Woods’ June 26-29 tournament at Congressional Country Club in Washington D.C. will select the name of one entrant and pay that person $1 million if any player in the event makes a hole-in-one on Congressional’s par 3, 10th hole .

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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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