, Port Arthur, Texas


December 8, 2012

Patti Gay column: Three cheers for Sami Jo Williams

PORT ARTHUR —  I don't get the pleasure very often, but anytime Sami Jo is competing there is always the chance that the top bowler will be a woman.  

   Yes, I am saying that Sami Jo Williams rolled the high series for the week at Max Bowl Port Arthur. Starting the night with an awesome 280 game she followed up with a 217 and a 257. This gave her a really sweet 754 series in the Monday Night Valero league.  

   The following are all of the runner-up scores: Robert Duke-300-248-201-749, Roger Hartwig-233-233-258-724, Derek Williams-300-211-211-722, Rick Malmberg-235-279-713, and Bruce Hasch-236-231-237-704.

   MONDAY SENIORS: Rick Hermsen-257-685, Tommy Girolamo-233-677, James Pitre-229-217-632, Gloria Divello-212-583, Paul McDaniel-188-520, Earl J Duhon-182-469

   VALERO: Sami Jo Williams-280-217-257-754, Roger Hartwig-233-233-258-724, Kurt Cullums-246-243-694, Russell Hebert-226-225-226-677, Mack McPhatter-244-650, Bob Cullums-224-638, Ashley Nunez-234-221-633, Royce Robbins-210-206-204-620, Justin Sanders-209-262-619, Clinton Hancock-246-618, John Parent-213-612, Eric Kyles-207-609, Justin Cates-230-599, Murphy Burch-232-221-599, Skipper Arsenault-278, Bill White-265, Rhett Williford-259, Tommy Nguyen-255, Sean Mouchette-250, Tray Batson-248, Richard Cooper-239, John Allen-238, Mike Doyle-237, Caleb Klein-231, Carl Quinn-220, Tharen Robertson-215, Brandi Batson-214, Rusty Doucet-214, Chris Marze-195, David LeMaire-192, Patsy Ronquille-186, Robert Foret-168

  ROADRUNNERS: Rick Hermsen-264-681, Phil Rogers-202-575, VJ Willis-194-535, CJ Moity-235-234, Cotton Glidewell-211, Frank Rios-186, John Anderson-182, Brenda Normand-143

  QUEEN TUMBLERS: Jackie Schell-234-564, Connie Mathison-192-561, Donna Kelly-162-410

  GOLDEN OLDIES SRS: August Gonsoulin-235-568, VJ Willis-231-200-557, Don Edgerly-196-513, Frank Rios-187-16-498, James Pitre-236, Cliff Mosley-213, Phil Rogers-201, Hedy Zampini-193, Chuck Burns-192, Art Leon-179

  MID COUNTY MIXED: Ryan Cooper-268-241-657, Cameron Naron-162-199-516, Alberto Elefano-142-408

  FUNBOWLERS: Bruce Hasch-236-231-237-704. James Neel-242-215-637, Tammy Berg-207-600, Sidney Badon-221-597, Bob Grusecki-245-592, Rusty Crow-233-558, Melinda Badon-210-521, Bobby Abraham-171-178-497, Chris Merritt-181-459, Stuart Ellis-247, Ashley Nunez-236, Johnny Simon-208, Larry Perio-200, Ronald Leonard-200, Tony Mills-190

  MEGA MONEY: Robert Duke-300-248-201-749, Derek Williams-300-211-211-722, Rick Malmberg-235-279-713, Wayne Lavergne-269-696, George Gund-289-692, Chris Chiasson-257-242-682, Kirwin Melo-257-600, Gary Martin-257-652, Trey Fournier-235-647, Jacob Askew-214-243-644, Devin Rankin-257-623, Lewis Garza-233-603, Jim Singleton-226-596, Karen Bellow-212-595, Jacob Monceaux-223-212-582, Caleb Klein-236-564, Don Pope-203-556, CJ Moity-268, Fred Feldschau-264, Bill White-259, Erik Postula-258, Glenn Lee-246, Robert Kistner-245, Curtis Harrington-237, John Allen-235, Gina Wilson-235, David Feldschau-233, Matthew Mannino-231, Andrew Pridemore-227, Tom Roberts-224,  Chris Edwards-223, Joseph Wolfe-216, Patsy Ronquille-213, Marcus Joseph-212, Phil Rogers-210, Wayne Pratt-209, Blaine Daniel-202, Gary Biegas-201, Isaac Rollins Jr-181

  FRIDAY FUN BUNCH: Martha Mitchell-140-346

  STARS OF TOMORROW: Matthew Maxwell-254-245-675, Shane Foreman-182-421, Jarred Maxwell-186, Angel Simon-178


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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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