, Port Arthur, Texas


March 5, 2013

West golf notepad; Mireles, Vincent top junior points winners

PORT ARTHUR — Congratulations are in order for seven area junior golfers who led their age divisions in points during the six-event First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Southeast Texas PGA Junior Winter Tour. The overall champions were Ryan Mireles of Sour Lake, Boys 16-18; Shelbi Vincent of Nederland, Girls 16-18; Josh Elmore of Port Arthur, Boys 14-15; Kacie Nichols of Orange, Girls 14-15; Peyton Weems of Lumberton, Boys 12-13; Jack Burke of Orange, Boys 10-11, 9 holes; and Micah DePew of Kountze, Boys 7-9, 6 hole modified tees . . . Golfers looking to check out new equipment that’s on the market need to think about dropping by Games People Play in Beaumont for the  first of three Demo Days it’s hosting in 2013. Among the enticements for the noon to 6 p.m. event are free custom club fittings and the opportunity to demo equipment from TaylorMade, Callaway, Adams, Mizuno, PNG, Nike, Wilson, TourEdge and Titleist. There will be drawings for the TaylorMade RocketBallz (RBZ) stage 2 fairway wood ($279.99 value) and a pair of Adidas’ smoking hot adizero golf shoes ($179.99 value). Free refreshments in the form of sausage links, boudin and crawfish grilled up by Zummos will be provided, along with soft drinks and water . . . Two more of the world’s top ranked players — No. 13 Steve Stricker and No. 20 Dustin Johnson have committed for the March 28-31 Shell Houston Open. They join No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 5 Louis Oosthuizen, No. 9 Lee Westwood, No. 12 Phil Mickelson, No. 18 Keegan Bradley and No. 21 Hunter Mahan, the defending champ. Rumors persist that there may be a last-minute commitment from Tiger Woods, who has never played the SHO . . . Major Rising and Barry Jackson tied for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks with plus 2. Jim Robinson was third at plus 1. Bill Worsham took closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Robinson won with plus 2. Ron Somerville, plus 1, and Bill Taylor at 0 finished second and third, respectively. Norm Shannon won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight finished in a two-way tie between the team of Mark Stogner, Gary Whitfill, Maurice Ross and Richard Sibley (17&4) and the foursome of Earl Richard, Butch Landry, Don Duplan and Charles Perez (17&1). Closest to the pin winners were Steve Picou (No. 20, Kenneth Belaire (No. 7), Richard (No. 12) and Ross (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 ball, 2-man handicapped format. The team of Earl Richard, Dusty Abshire, Mike Hess, Harold Wilkinson and John Overland won the front at minus 14. On the back, the Richard team tied with the foursome of Rick Pritchett, Bob Moore, Charlie Huckaby and Jim Thompson at minus 9. Closest to the pin winners were Richard (No. 2, No. 15), Don MacNeil (No. 7) and Guy VanCleve (No. 12) . . . In the Tuesday Senior 50 Plus game at The Babe, played in a 2 ball format, the team of Bill Hammond, Cap Hollier, Larry Johnson and Pete Reobroi won the front in minus 3. On the back, the Hammond team tied with the foursome of Jack Calhoun, Tony Trevino, David Arnaud and Don MacNeil at plus 2 . . . What is being called a Junior Golf Boot Camp is being hosted by Jerry Honza of The First Tee of The Golden Triangle. Juniors looking to sharpen their skills for spring high school tryouts or tournaments, or looking to get started in golf, will have an opportunity for intensive instructional sessions at both Babe Zaharias and Henry Homberg Golf Clubs. The camps are open to current 6th, 7th and 8th grades, as well as high school age boys and girls. Cost is $90. The sessions at Babe Zaharias run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11 and 13 and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 12 and 14. Instruction at Homberg goes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 11 and 13 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12 and 14. To register or to get more information, call or text 543-6364 or e-mail Registration will be conducted at both locations this Saturday . . . Adults looking for advanced instruction can get it at a former Port Arthuran Marty Fleckman’s upcoming Weekend Golf School at BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress. The school is set for Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. On Friday, golfers have orientation from 9 a.m. to 9:30, full swing with video analysis from 9:30 to 11, short game from 11 to noon, lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. and then play 9 holes with school instructors. On Saturday, it’s full swing from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., pre-shot routine from 9:30 to 11:15, short game review from 10:15 to 11:15, lunch form 11:30 to 12:30, 9 holes with instructors from 12:30 to 3 and work on specific areas of weakness from 3 to 4. There’s a total of 13 hours of instruction, with 18 holes of golf and two lunches for $695 per person. More information can be obtained at

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    (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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