, Port Arthur, Texas


July 15, 2014

West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

PORT ARTHUR — No matter what the scores say, 11-year-old Makenna Henry of Sour Lake was the big winner in Tuesday’s YMBL Junior Classic at Bayou Din. Henry teed up her 17-degree hybrid on the 125-yard, 11th hole, made solid contact and seconds later watched her orange golf ball roll into the cup for her first ever hole-in-one. The shot was witnessed by Elizabeth Townsend, who beat Henry by one stroke in a playoff after both shot 53 in Girls 10-12 . . . Henry wasn’t the only area golfer to celebrate an ace in the past week. Matt Hendon of Groves and Bill Hammond of Lumberton, both scored holes in one on No. 2 at Babe Zaharias, although from different distances. Hammond sank his tee shot from 119 yards with a pitching wedge. It was his first ace. Witnesses were Richard Sibley, Ed Holley and Robert Lynch. Hendon’s ace came from 171-yards with a 7-iron. He was playing in a foursome that included Jordan Leger, Steven Havard and Cody Mire . . . Hunter Huff of Nederland and Blake Stock of Hewitt were declared co-champions in Boys 16-18, after threatening weather Tuesday shortened the Southern Texas PGA’s YMBL Junior Classic to 27 holes. Huff and Stock both shot 72-37 for a 109 total. Other winners were Karlei Hemler of Groves (77-37-114 in Girls 16-18), Jason Bryant of Mont Belvieu (82-38-120 in Boys 13-15), Leah Alberto of Kingwood (81-42-123 in Girls 13-15) and Jacob Borow of Lake Jackson (81-39-120 in Boys 10-12) . . . Shelbi Vincent of Nederland, a sophomore-to-be at the University of Houston-Victoria, had a strong showing last week at the Collegiate Players Tour Santa Maria Open in Baton Rouge. Vincent finished outright fifth with rounds of 80-79-76 for a 54-hole score of 230 . . . PN-G star Braden Bailey continues to earn opportunities to play in some of the nation’s top junior events. Latest elite invitation for Bailey is to the inaugural Shell Houston Open Junior Championship Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Redstone Golf Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open. It’s a limited field of the state’s top players, with 54 boys and 30 girls competing in the 54-hole event . . . There was a two-way tie in the Babe Zaharias DogFight, with the team of Adam Noel, Don MacNeil, Ivory Hatch and Allen Suire and the foursome of Butch Landry, Bob Byerly, Malcolm Tiller and Lovell Sullivan accumulating 17 points. Closest to the pin winners were Bill Draughon (No. 2), Butch Landry (No. 7), Ed Hetzel (No. 12) and Gene Hardy (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 3-best ball format. On the front, the team of Larry Johnson, MacNeil, Larry Rogers and John Overland winning the front in plus 2. The back was won in plus 6 by the team of Rick Pritchett, Cap Hollier, Boy Byerly and Dwain Morrison. Closest to the hole winners were Hollier (No. 2) and Dwain Morgan (No. 12) . . . The Super Saturday Game at the Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Winning the front in minus 8 was the team of Cody Metts, Thad Borne, Dan Flood and Charles Huckaby. On the back, the foursome of Larry Morris, Tom Lawton, John Jessen and Malcolm Tiller prevailed with minus 6 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Zaharias was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Tommy Prejean, Ron Mistrot, Jerry May and Gene Hardy winning the front in minus 4. The back went to the team of Tom Prejean, Walter Colvin, Richard Sibley and Pete Reobroi with minus 2 . . . Jim Brown won the Monday Seniors points game at Belle Oaks with plus 5. David Vorpahl was second at zero and Raymond Rice third at minus 2. Rice won closest to the pin on No. 15. The Friday Senior Game at Belle Oaks was won by Rufus Mier at plus 8. Ralph Childress was second at zero and Vorpahl third at minus 6. Vorpahl claimed closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . Area golfers in growing numbers seem to be thoroughly disgusted with the condition of Belle Oaks. Don’t think I’ve ever heard as much criticism of an area course as the feedback that’s been coming in on the Taylor Landing layout, starting with the roughs not being mowed and the sand traps in deplorable condition. I’ve been in and out of town the past four weeks and have not played at Belle Oaks since mid June, but plan to get a first hand look at it this weekend, then see what Kevin Johnson of the Port Arthur Renaissance Group has to say. From what I’m being told, the amount of play has dropped way off. I’d welcome e-mails from anyone with thoughts on their recent experiences at Belle Oaks.

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    The Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team lost 9-0 Friday to Bryant.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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

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  • 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.

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