, Port Arthur, Texas


May 14, 2013

West golf notepad: Stroud's Players ace was 7th overall, first in PGA tourney

PORT ARTHUR — Chris Stroud’s hole-in-one Saturday on the 181-yard, 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the Players Championship was his seventh ace, but first in a PGA Tour event. Three of the others, however, did come in competition — one in a high school tournament at Idylwild, one in a high school event at Pebble Creek in Bryan and one on the Nationwide Tour. Two of the aces came while he was at Lamar, but not in tournaments, and the seventh was at Spyglass Hill during a practice round for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Stroud’s $52,488 in winnings boosted him from 87 to 82 on the PGA Tour money list at $493,631. After skipping this week’s Byron Nelson he’ll return to the tour next week at Colonial . . .  Two players — Murphy Demarcay of Groves and Ron Overstreet of Port Neches — holed out from the fairway for eagle 2s at Babe Zaharias. Demarcay sank a 9-iron from 100 yards on the 18th hole. Witnesses were Paul Moore, Otis Norton, Richard DeLee and Charlie Iwasko. Overstreet got his eagle by sinking a 7-iron from 135 yards on the 291-yard, 4th. Larry Thompson, Gene Hardy and Pete Reobroi were his playing companions . . . Finalists have been determined for The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Babe Zaharias Junior Golf Awards. PN-G’s Braden Bailey and Jarrod Brown, Hardin Jefferson’s Ryan Mireles and LC-M’s James Walker are the boys finalists. Girls finalists are Felicia Sauceda and Shelbi Vincent of Nederland and Allison Davis of Silsbee. Winners will be announced at a banquet Friday night, May 24. Also to be named are winners of the girls and boys leadership awards . . . Raymond Rice finished plus 7 to run away with the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Four players — Barry Jackson, Jim Brown, Major Rising and Ralph Childress  — tied for second at plus 1. Rice also won the closest to the pin award on No. 15 . . . Monday’s Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a two-ball format. The team of R.C. Russell, Ron Theriot, Pete Reobroi and Steve Wisenbacker won the front in minus 5. On the back, the foursome of Jimmy Fetters, Gary Wagner, Roger Koch and Charles Perez prevailed with minus 4 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight finished in a two-way tie between the team of Troy Touchet, Buddy Sepeda, Butch Landry and Steve Childree (17&7) and the team of Steve Picou, Bill Hanley, Randy Becker and Ray Weaver. Closest to the pin winners were Cole Lee (No. 2), Craig Fontenot (No. 7), Kenneth Belaire (No. 12) and Mariano Nassar (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person points format, with the threesome of Larry Padia, Roger Baumer and Paul Duplantis winning at plus 21. Second at plus 18 was the team of Adam Noel, Cap Hollier, Ron Mistrot and Robert Lynch. Closest to the pin winners were Padia (No. 2), Gerald Huebel (No. 7), Raymond Darbonne (No. 12) and Duplantis (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format. There was a two-way tie at minus 3 on the front between the team of Paul Flores, Wes McDonald, Ivory Hatch and Ryan Thompson and the team of Adam Noel, Don MacNeil, Rick Pritchett, Lee Bertrand and Charlie Huckaby. The Noel team won the back with minus 1 . . . The First Tee STPGA Little Linkster qualifier was played at Babe Zaharias. Top scores by age groups, in a 5-hole modified format, were: Victor Aponte 33, Kobi Chiasson 42 in Boys 11; Brady Fournier 34, Blake Jeanis 43 in Boys 10; Chase Hefner 28, Jordan Sears 45 in Boys 9; Brett Swanson 48 in Boys 8; and Jacob Longlois 38, John Van Huis 39 in Boys 7. Kensey Dukes shot 37 and Mackenzie Sears 46 in Girls 11, while McKenzie Hubacek had 45 in Girls 9 . . . Entries are being taken online for what is the second oldest continuous tournament in Southeast Texas — the 36th annual Babe Didrickson Zaharias. Set for June 1 at Brentwood Country Club, it’s a four-person scramble with a $600 per team entry fee. Included in the fee are 4 golf shirts and 8 tickets for a seated dinner at the Beaumont Plaza Holiday Inn and Suites. A sports auction, which has helped underwrite six endowed women’s scholarship at Lamar, is also on the Saturday night menu. To enter, go to

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    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.
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    • 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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