PORT ARTHUR — A hole-in-one is not a shot which can be taught but Beaumonter Nader Bood is perhaps one of the more qualified persons to teach golfers how it’s done. Witnessed by George Shumaker and Wayne Cergnillia at Bayou Din Golf Club last Friday, the hole-in-one specialist did it again. Bood knocked in a 7 iron at the 120-yard 11th hole. It marked Bood’s ninth career hole in one and only his first one since May 20 of this year. Nader’s last ace had been recorded at Bayou Din’s second hole on May 20... A pair of Lumberton guys took the top honors on Monday at Beaumont Country Club when the Southern Texas PGA junior tour made its summer visit to the northeast corner of Beaumont. Garrett James won the 16-18 division by four strokes, shooting nines of 33 and 38 for a 71. Bryce Shaver of Lumberton was the two-shot winner in the boys 13-15 division with a round of 79. Mid-County golfers placed second in both categories — Jarrod Brown of Groves (74) in the older group and Michael Krautz of Nederland (81) in the 13-15s. Mid-County would not be denied in the girls 13-15 scoreboard, though, as Karlei Hemler of Groves fired an 87 to capture her category by three shots.... When the Little Linksters convened on Tuesday at Bayou Din, Kai Parkhurst of Orange led the way with a 62 in the 13-15 division.... A pair of famous area golf names dotted the scorecards in the 10-12 boys group — Burke and Lietzke. Little Jackie Burke had the unique distinction of being the lone double winner already this week. Burke fired a nine-hole score of 43 Monday at Beaumont Country Club and a 39 Tuesday at Bayou Din.... Ron Somerville and Barry Jackson tied for first place last Friday in the weekly seniors game at Belle Oaks. Somerville and Jackson each had two points while Doc Brown had one. Tom McFerrin won the closest to the hole honors at Belle Oaks’ eighth hole... Before we move on to Babe Zaharias, here’s a personal tip of our cap to Ed Campbell, echoing the area’s sentiments for his outstanding efforts. Ed’s influence throughout our area’s golf community simply speaks for itself. The Babe featured a hot-shooting quartet of Adam Noel, Don MacNeil, Harry Green, and Art Miller with a winning front-nine 6-under-par at the weekly Super Saturday Game. First place on the back nine belonged to the foursome of Bill Hammond, Gene Rountree, Cap Hollier and Rod Bennett at 3-under-par. Last Thursday’s Senior Game at The Babe produced a clear-cut winning team on the front nine of Cap Hollier, Ron Theriot, Mark Petry, and Ben Thornton by three strokes at 20 under par. Don MacNeil, Paul Bourgeois, Jack Wilson and Robert Lynch followed at 17-under. The back nine champs were Larry Johnson, Charlie Huckaby, Larry Rogers and Carl Hudman at 12-under followed by Ray Darbonne, Bill Jones, Bob Byerly and Stedman Tahaney at 11-under. Closest to the pin marksmen were Earl Richard (2nd), Jim Jordan (7th), Cap Hollier (12th) and L.J. Hardy (15th). Last Wednesday’s Dog Fight winning team was Earl Richard, Butch Landry and Don MacNeil with 21 points followed by a squad of Daniel Thompkins, Paul Allemand, Bill Fears and Charlie Huckaby in second with 20. The closest to the hole honorees were Clay Lewis (No. 2), Cody Metts (No. 7), Larry Rogers (on both No. 12 and No. 15).
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 email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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