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October 9, 2012

West golf notepad: Landry wins Beaumont City Championship


Former Mid-County resident Darrell Landry came from behind Sunday to nip Hunter Cooper by one stroke to win the Beaumont City Championship at newly renovated Henry Homberg Golf Club. Landry, who was one down going to the 35th hole, took advantage of an unfortunate double bogey on the par 3, 17th by Cooper to seize the lead with a par. He posted a two-under 70 on Sunday to finish with a 145. Cooper shot 73-73 for a 146. Marc Napier claimed First Flight with a 144 (70-74), while Roddy Weatherly took the Senior Flight, which used handicaps, with a 139 (67-72). A total of 52 players participated in the first tournament held since Homberg’s refurbishing . . . The duo of Cody Morris-Ron LaFleur shot a 63 to edge Kurt Roberts-Chris Dunn by a stroke to claim First Flight in the Joe Williamson Memorial 2 Person Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Second Flight ended in a two-way tie at 67 between Frankie Leblanc-Avery Leblanc and Mike Krautz-Slate Babineaux. Darren Meaux-Wes Sanderson took Third Flight with a 71, edging the duo of Kyle Stutes-Jacob Weeren by a shot. Closest to the pin winners were Cody Metts (No. 2) and Avery Leblanc (No. 12 . . . There was a two-way tie in the Babe Zaharias DogFight between the team of Cody Metts, Bill Hanley, Paul Duplantis and Harry Green (18&8) and the foursome of Steve Picou, John Bass, Charlie Huckaby and Caylon Walker. Closest to the hole winners were Jim Cooper (No. 2), Paul Brown (No. 7), Cricket Owen (No. 12) and Earl Rich (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a two best ball format, with the team of Mike Lansford, Tom Hatcher, Robert Lynch and Art Miller winning the front nine in minus 2. On the back, the foursome of Larry Morris, Bob Byerly, Paul Duplantis and Maurice Ross won with minus 1. Closest to the pine winners were Pat Waite (No. 2), Rick Pritchett (No. 7, No. 12) and Harold Wilkinson (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias was also played in a team 2-ball format. The front nine was won in by the team of Thad Borne, Bill Hanley, Harold Guidry and Maurice Ross. The back went to the team of Jim Jordan, Earl Richard, Harry Green and Richard Sibley. No scores were reported . . . Rufus Mier finished plus 4 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Jim Brown and Bill Taylor tied for second at plus 3. Bill Worsham won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Taylor won with plus nine. Ron Somerville was second at plus 8, with Major Rising and Worsham tying for third at plus 4. Somerville was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The Patch Senior 50 Plus game was played in a 2 ball format. Winning the front with minus 7 was the team of Roddy Weatherly, Bill Draughon, R. Guarnere and Glen Frederick. The back was won in minus 9 by the foursome of Charles Cooksey, Buddy Bailey, T. Johnson and Bob Barnes.

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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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