, Port Arthur, Texas


April 23, 2013

West golf notepad: Pritchett, Leblanc score holes in one

PORT ARTHUR — Steve Wisenbaker of Nederland didn’t pull off any memorable shots at Babe Zaharais in the past week, but he did manage to be in the right place at the right time to witness two aces. With Wisenbaker, Dillard Darbonne and Larry Thompson as playing partners in the DogFight, Rick Pritchett of Groves drilled a 21 degree rescue club through a stiff wind and into cup from 165 yards on the 12th hole. It was Pritchett’s fourth hole in one and won him $200.  The team also finished tied for first in the DogFight at 18&12. Four days later, Wisenbaker, Chad Adaway and Chris  Dejean were looking on as Doug Leblanc of Groves recorded his first ever hole in one on the 155-yard, 7th at Babe Zaharias. Leblanc  used a 7-iron for a shot then went into the cup on the first bounce . . . According to Zaharias pro Ed Campbell, a couple of his regulars — Ivory Hatch and Murphy Demarcay — have been battling it out in a long running grudge match, with Hatch having little success. But that all changed last week at Brentwood Country Club when Hatch finally won with an 84 to DeMarcay’s 87. The pair was so serious they even played the ball down . . .  Area juniors are reminded that the entry deadline for the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, with the finals to be conducted April 6, 2014 at Augusta National Golf Club, is April 30 at 5 p.m. Closest local qualifiers for Southeast Texans are June 13 at Bear Creek in Houston, June 21 at Augusta Pines in Spring and July 18 at Gleannloch Farms in Spring. Drive, Chip and Putt, which is modeled along the lines of Punt, Pass and Kick, is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Age-division breakdowns are 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. For more information, go to . . . Ralf Barbaso, who became the first Memorial golfer to advance out of district into regional, shot a 172 at last week’s Region III, 5A tournament at Eagle Pointe. Congratulations to Barbaso for being the first Titan golfer to participate in a regional . . . The team of Jonathan Wolfe, Jack Wiggins, Ben Wolfe and Matt Wolfe shot a 58 Monday to win the Sabine Neches Chiefs Scramble at Belle Oaks. Jarret Flowers won closest to the pin on No. 15 and Jeremy Holland launched the long drive on No. 14 . . . The 6th Annual Fetters Center Benefit Scramble was held Saturday at Belle Oaks, with the foursome of Wayne Darcey, Bobby LeBlanc, Kyle Landry and Aron Landry taking first place with a 59. Second with a 60 was the team of  Randy Vincent, Chris Guidry, Frank Jackson, and John Doucet . . . Mike Simon won the senior closest to the pin on No. 15, while Kyle Landry walked off with the regular closest to the pin prize on No. 8. Doug Becker blasted the long drive on No. 14. With 31 teams participating, it was the most successful Fetters Center event to date . . . The team of Jerry Honza, Trey Tate, Timothy Feemster and Oxy Benites shot a 12-under-par 60 to win the Memorial High School PTSA Scramble at Belle Oaks. A stroke back in second was the foursome of Darin Printy, John Burton, Chris Weber and Scott Terry. Closest to the pin winners were Fred Whitaker (No. 2), Honza (No. 7), Tate (No. 12) and Verrill Young (No. 15). Tate also won the long drive on No. 14 . . . Tying the aforementioned Pritchett team in the Babe Zaharias DogFight were the foursomes of Mark Stogner, Ron Whitfill, Butch Landry and Bobby Shelton (18&8) and Jim Jordan, Cole Lee, Ivy Hatch and Ray Weaver (18&6). Closest to the pin winners were Wisenbaker (No. 2), Lee (No 7), Pritchett, with his ace on No. 12) and Don MacNeil (No. 15 . . . In the Monday Senior 50 Plus Game at Zaharias, played in a two best ball format, the team of Harrell Guidry, Charles Scott, Ed Hetzel and M. Lansford won the front with minus 7. The back ended in a two-way tie for first at minus 5 between the team of Larry Morris, David Arnaud, Gary Wagner and Gary Anderson and the foursome of Benny Sharpe, Cap Hollier, Keith Rochau and Pete Reobroi . . . The Thursday Senior Game at the Babe was played in a 2 person, 9/9 Best Ball/Scramble format. In 1st Flight, the team of Tony Trevino-Don MacNeil won with minus 5, beating Lowell Benoit and Adam Noel by three strokes. Gene Hardy-Mark Petry took 2nd Flight with minus 2, nudging Harry Green-Pete Reobroi by a stroke. In 3rd Flight, Dickie Robinson-Paul Bourgeois won with plus 6. Gene Noble-Harold Wilkinson took second with plus 6. Closest to the pin winners were Tom Terrell (No. 2), Ron Mistrot (No. 7), Mark Petry (No. 12) and Noel (No. 15) . . . In the Super Saturday Game at The Babe, the team of Trevino, Thad Borne, Harrell Guidry and Larry Vicknair won the front nine with minus 6 and tied the back nine at minus 4 with the foursome of Paul Flores, Wes McDonald, Pete Reobroi and Art Miller . . . Ron Somerville finished 2 to win The Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Twyman Ash and Jim Brown tied for second at 0.

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