, Port Arthur, Texas


May 27, 2014

West golf notepad: First Tee salutes top high school players, leaders

PORT ARTHUR — PN-G’s Braden Bailey (Boys Player of Year), LC-M’s Lauren Cox (Girls POY), Memorial’s Ralf Barbaso (Boys Leadership) and Nederland’s Reagan Bodin (Girls Leader) were the winners at Friday night’s Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golfer of the Year Banquet co-hosted by The First Tee of the Golden Triangle and the Babe Zaharias Foundation. Special recognition also went to Silsbee’s Allison Davis for qualifing for the state tournament four consecutive years and to Legacy Christian’s James Garret for winning his state championship. Finalists in the four award categories heard Zaharias Foundation president W.L. Pate Sr., talk about the Babe, then listened to guest speak Terry Garth Jr., discuss his father — Terry Garth Sr. — qualifying for the 1941 U.S. Open at 15 years of age. Garth also talked about his favorite aspects of golf and the overall greatness of the game. First Tee head honcho Jerry Honza, as he always does, delivered a memorable event for those involved . . . Chris Stroud was unable to score his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in Fort Worth, but a former PN-G golfer did win a professional tournament. Adam Landry, who played at Lamar, then transferred to Arkansas, birdied the 72nd hole to win the Adams Tour’s Bay Oaks Open by one stroke over Michael Smith, Brian Rowell and David Lee. Landry, whose best finish in five previous Adams Tour events this year was T26, pocketed $15,000 after rounds of 69-68-66-69. His 36-hole total of 272 was 16-under-par at Houston’s Bay Oaks Country Club. Beaumonter Anthony Broussard finished 6th at 275 and West Orange-Stark ex Michael Arnaud finished T16 . . . Stroud, meanwhile, after riding a sizzling putter to a tie for the 54-hole lead, closed with a two-over-par 72 and had to settle for a T14. His downfall during a final round that saw him play much better tee to green than he had all week, ironically, was the flat stick that got him in contention. Following rounds when his totals were 23, 24 and 29, he took 33 putts on Sunday. Included were three missed par putts inside 9 feet and four missed birdies from 8 to 13 feet. Stroud was tied for the lead through eight holes of the final round, but a three-putt bogey on nine started him sliding down the crowded leaderboard. He did receive a nice consolation prize with a check for $102,400 that boosted his season winnings to $1,324,082, but at this stage of his career it’s as much or more about Fed Ex points and moving up in the world ratings than money. Chris will be back in action Thursday at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, then will play in a Monday sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open in Columbus . . . CBS’ Jim Nantz was well armed with material on Stroud for Sunday’s telecast but didn’t get to use much of it because he wasn’t in contention coming down the stretch. Nantz, provided Lamar golf coach Brian White’s phone number by a certain golf writer in Southeast Texas, had a lengthy conversation about Stroud with White after Saturday’s round. While a network guy like Nantz always hopes for a finish with name players like Adam Scott and Jason Dufner that will boost ratings, I’m convinced he was silently rooting for Stroud. “Wish he had played better today. Good guy. He will win soon!,” Jim e-mailed me Sunday night . . . Josh LaBove of Port Neches and Harrell Guidry of Groves both scored aces last week at Babe Zaharias. LaBove’s second hole in one came with a 5-iron from 175 yards on No. 12. Witnesses were Lonnie LaBove, Brandon LaBove and Scott Meents. Guidry, playing in the Babe Zaharias DogFight, recorded his hole in one from 118-yards on No. 15, using an 8-iron. It was also his second ace. The shot  was witnessed by Bill Hanley, Richard Sibley and Carl Certa . . . The foursome  of Roddy Richards, Brad Gilmore, Darrell Latiolais and Marr Magnuson teamed for a 52 to win the Bridge City Strutters Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Second with a 57 was the team of Kirk Roccaforte, Andy Meshwere, Kevin Mott and Mike Johnson. Closest to the pin winners were Richards on No. 2 and Tray Tate on No. 12 . . . The team of Craig Fontenot, Raymond Darbonne, Roger Koch and Bud Auffurth, playing a 2-ball format, won the front nine of the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe with minus 6. On the back, minus 5 won for Adam Noel, Larry Johnson, A. Sterling and B. Hernandez . . . The Babe Zaharias Dogfight was won with 18 points by the team of Jay Hampson, Bill Hanley, Ron Overstreet and David Strugal. There was a three-way tied for second. Closest to the pin winners were Richard Sibley (No. 2), Bryan Grant (No. 7), Harrell Guidry (ace on 12) and Adam Noel (15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a points format, with the team of Larry Johnson, Robert Lynch, John Overland, Tommy Linder and Larry Rogers winning with 21 points. Second with 11 points was the team of Larry Thompson, Bill Avery, Paul Duplantis and Ben Thornton. Closest to the pin winners were Duplantis (No. 2), Thompson (No. 7), Joe Vanderweg (No. 12) and Ron Overstreet (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Adam Noel, Raymond Darbonne and Dillard Darbonne tying the foursome of Paul Flores, Cap Hillier, Ryan Thompson and Dwain Sibley on the front at minus 3. On the back, the Flores team with minus 5 . . . Entries are being taken for the 4th Annual Roy Esquivel Three-Person Scramble Saturday, June 7 at Brentwood Country Club. The fee is $60 per person and covers all costs. Entry forms are available by calling Brentwood CC (840-9440), Billy or Barbara Curl (727-5688), Randy or Paul Poulter (727-7004, Lane or Mickie Emmett (727-7453) or Hayden White (749-4917).

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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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