, Port Arthur, Texas


May 28, 2013

West golf notepad: Bryan Jackson benefit set for Aug. 2

PORT ARTHUR — Southeast Texas golfers who want to help Belle Oaks pro Bryan Jackson in his battle against cancer should circle Friday, Aug. 2 on the calendar. That’s the date selected for what will officially be known as the Port Arthur Sertoma Club Bryan Jackson Benefit.

    The tournament features a slightly different format than the standard fund-raising scramble in Southeast Texas. It will feature three-person teams, with the entry fee $75 per player. Two teams will be paired together on each hole and there will be a maximum of 36 teams for a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

    “We know there are lots of folks in Southeast Texas who care about Bryan Jackson, and we think this will be a fun format for them,” said Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell, who is the tournament chairman. “I would encourage people to get their teams together and get their entries in early because we are not going beyond 36 teams.”

    Primary reason Aug. 2 was selected as the tournament date was that it provides the best possibility for PGA Tour player Chris Stroud to be able to participate. Stroud is committed to PGA tournaments on other dates that were considered but said he’s leaning toward skipping the Aug. 1-4 Reno-Tahoe Open.

    Whether Stroud is able to be at Belle Oaks on Aug. 2, he’ll again be donating one of his PGA Tour golf bags and possibly other items for auction. If Stroud is able to attend, the thinking is to have visit with and  hit a tee-shot on a par 3 hole for each group.

    Entry blanks for the event are expected to be available in the golf shot at Belle Oaks and at Babe Zaharias within a week. Players who take part should bring their appetite to be able to indulge in the food that will be served as part of the event.

    CHIP SHOTS: John Guidry of Port Arthur recorded his fifth hole in one last Friday at Babe Zaharias. Guidry sank a 9-iron from 118-yards on the 7th hole. The shot was witnessed by Cricket Owens, Lee Terro and Ricky Becker . . . PN-G’s Braden Bailey and Silsbee’s Allison Davis were announced as the boys and girls Player of the Year at Friday night’s 2013 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golfer of the Year Awards dinner hosted by The First Tee of the Golden Triangle and the Babe Zaharias Foundation. LC-M’s James Walker and Nederland’s Shelbi Vincent were chosen for the Leadership Award. LPGA Hall of Famer Carol Mann spoke at the dinner and told honorees about what Babe Zaharias meant to her. Also saluted at the event was Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell, who was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to junior golf . . . Chris Stroud’s T7 in the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial earned him a check for $192,800, boosted him from No. 88 to No. 70 on the PGA Tour money list ($686,431) and probably secured his PGA Tour card for 2014. Stroud, who contended at Colonial despite struggling with his driver, also jumped from No. 93 to 71 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. He’s in the field for Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament starting Thursday in Dublin, Ohio, then will be playing in a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier next Monday in Springfield, Ohio . . . The team of Mitch Priddy, Fred Young, John Solis, Tony Esqueda and Lester Landgraf finished plus 14 to win the Southeast Texas Senior Pro-Am played last week at Babe Zaharias. Placing second at plus 13 was the team of Collier Nolte, Ken Watson, Jim Campbell and Ted Johnson . . . Barry Jackson, father of Belle Oaks pro Bryan Jackson, celebrated Memorial Day by shooting a 73. That’s worth special mention because it’s three-under his age. The 73 helped Jackson finish plus 11 and win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Ralph Childress was second at plus 6, followed by Joe Vanderweg at plus 5. Childress was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . In Friday’s Seniors at Belle Oaks, Childress won with plus 6, while Jackson was second at plus 3 and Rufus Mier finished third at plus 1. Ron Somerville won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . The team of Gerald Huebel, Gary Whitfield, Gary Wagner and Richard Sibley won the Babe Zaharias DogFight at 17&6. Tied for second at 16&7 was the foursome of Troy Sedatole, Jeff Reinhart, Ray Trahan and Don MacNeil and the team of David Arnaud, Adam Noel, Lee Bertrand and Harold Wilkinson. Closest to the hole winners were Noel (No. 2, No. 15), Larry Padia (No. 7) and Price Young (No. 12) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person/2 ball handicapped format. The team of Raymond Darbonne, Mimi Rose, Bob Byerly and Dwayne Morrison won the front nine at minus 14. On the back, the team of Don MacNeil, Paul Bourgeois, Harold Wilkinson and Stedman Tahaney prevailed with minus 14. Closest to the pin winners were Gary Fontenot (No. 2), Charles Huckaby (No. 7),  Mariano Nassar (No. 12) and Charles Leard (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a two-ball format. Winning the front with minus 5 was the team of Dwain Anderson, Jeff Huffman, John Fong, Darin Hodgson and Harold Wilkinson. Minus 5 was also the winning number on the back for the team of Larry Thompson, Bryan Grant, Gene Hardy and Ryan Thompson . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a two-ball format, with the team of Hilario Padia, Wes McDonald, Paul Duplantis and Gary Anderson winning the front at minus 7. On the back, the foursome of Dennis Walsh, Gary Tompkins, J. Shipley and R. Shipley won with minus 3 . . . The Southeast Texas Coaches Association, which is hosting a series of all-star games in softball, boys and girls basketball and football in the June 13-15 time frame, is also staging a fund-raising golf tournament June 14 at Brentwood Country Club. It’s a three-person scramble with an entry fee of $50 per player and an 8 a.m. tee time. Anyone who would like to participate, and in turn contribute to a scholarship being given to a male and female athlete, should contact Richard Serna at 729-7644, extension 274. Serna can also be e-mailed at

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