, Port Arthur, Texas


June 4, 2013

West golf notepad: LU ex Stefani qualifies for U.S. Open

PORT ARTHUR —     Former Lamar golfer Shawn Stefani is headed to next week’s U.S. Open at Merion after tying for second Monday in the sectional qualifier at Colonial Country Club in Memphis. At a site where nine Open spots were up for grabs among 112 players, Stefani shot rounds of 68-66 for a 134 total that was one shot off the pace of medalist Kevin Sutherland. For the Barbers Hill ex, it will be his second trip to the U.S. Open. He also qualified for the 2009 event at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale,  N.Y. Stefani, in his first year on the PGA Tour, is No. 144 on the money list with earnings of $254,701 . . . Stefani’s former LU teammate, Chris Stroud, didn’t fare as well in his U.S. Open qualifier. Stroud shot rounds of 69-72 — 141 at Brookside Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, to finish 42nd in a field of 120 players. With 15 Open spots up for grabs, it took a 136 to qualify. PGA Tour regular Charley Hoffman, who was coming off a final round 81 in Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Classic,  was the medallist at 133. Stroud, who continues to have issues with his driver, shot a closing 78 at the  Memorial and wound up tying for 53rd. A check of $14,353 boosted his 2013 winnings to $700,784. His next tournament is the June 20-23 Travelers Championship in Cromwell, CT . . . Gary “Bones” Richardson, who works at Bayou Din, scored a hole in one on the 161-yard, 2nd  on the Bayou Front with a 6-iron. The shot was witnessed by Mark Lee, Butch Strange and Hoot Gibson . . . The team of Tony Trevino, Alex Espinosa, Paul Duplantis and Gene Noble finished minus 3 in a 2 ball format to win the front nine in the Monday Babe 50 Seniors Plus game. There was a two-way tie at minus 4 on the back between the team of Roddy Weatherly, Roger Koch, Ed Hetzel and John Fong and the foursome of Gerald Huebel, Ron Theriot, Russ Gloede and Bud Auffurth . . . The team of Tony Borel, Doug English, Charles Huckaby and Paul Brown won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 20 points. Second with 18 points was the team of Jim Jordan, Troy Sedatole, Bill Fears and Roger Koch. Closest to the pin winners were Guy Barker (No. 2), David English (No. 7), Mark Petry (No. 12) and Koch (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person scramble format. Winning with a 59 was the team of Larry Padia, Joe Vanderweg, Gary Anderson and Ben Thornton. Second at 60 was the foursome of Raymond Darbonne, Cap Hollier, Joe Benoit and Ted Estes. Closest to the pin winners were Mariano Nassar (No. 2) Don MacNeil (No. 7), Stedman Tahaney (No. 12) and Larry Padia (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Taking the front in minus 4 was the team of Bill Hammond, Jim Jordan, Bryan Grant and Art Miller. On the back, the threesome of Adam Noel, Gerald Huebel and Rick Pritchett won with minus 4  . . . Norm Shannon finished plus 5 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Second at plus 2 was Ron Somerville. Jim Brown and Bill Worsham tied for third at plus 1. Barry Jackson was closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Ed Boone won with plus 10. Jimmy Jackson was second at plus 7, followed by Ralph Childress at plus 5. Jackson (No. 8) and Shannon (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . The 2013 Southern Texas PGA Junior tournament schedule kicks off Monday at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. Junior golfers have three options; 1. Little Linksters play 5 & 9 hole tournaments for beginners (ages 6-12); 2. Junior Links consists of 9 hole tournaments for golfers 13-18 needing to improve their skills; 3. Junior Tour is a series of 18 hole events for skilled golfers ages 10-18. Juniors can register online at Anyone with questions should contact Clint Martin (796-1327) or Ed Campbell at 722-8286. Tournaments are slated every Monday leading up to the STPGA Junior Championship Aug. 14-15 at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring. Two of the area tournaments  — the Bruce Lietzke Junior Classic set for June 17-18 at Idylwild and the YMBL Junior Classic July 15-16 are 36-hole events . . . Entries are being taken for the Southeast Texas Coaches Association 3-person scramble Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. at Brentwood Country Club. Entry fee is $50 per player  or $150 per team, with proceeds targeted to scholarships the SETCA is providing for area male and female student athletes.  To enter, call Richard Serna at 729-7644 (Ext. 274) or e-mail . . . The 3rd Annual Roy Esquivel Memorial Tournament is set for Saturday, June 22 at Brentwood Country Club. It’s a three-person scramble with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per player, including cart. Contacts are David Bell (840-9440), Lane and Mickie Emmett (727-7453, 718-2667), Randy and Paula Poulter (727-7004, Billy and Barbara Curl (727-5688) and Hayden White (749-4917).

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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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  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

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    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

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  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

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