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July 16, 2013

West golf notepad: Dramatic shot earns Class A PGA card for Chris Lasiter

PORT ARTHUR —     Jordan Speith wasn’t the only pro golfer with a dramatic hole out in the past few days. Chris Lasiter, who went to  work for Ed Campbell at Babe Zaharias as a cart boy in 2002, then worked up to assistant professional, sank a pitching wedge Monday at Eagle Pointe that he’ll never forget. Currently working as an assistant at Raven’s Nest Golf Club in Houston, Lasiter was taking his playing ability test for certification as a Class A PGA professional. He came to his 36th and final hole needing a birdie to shoot the required score of 156 on the number.  Playing the ball down despite soggy conditions from day-long rain, his drive found the fairway some 130 yards from the 18th green. Lasister promptly holed a wedge for an eagle two and secured his card with a shot to spare . . . PN-G junior to be Braden Bailey added to his ever-growing list of accomplishments when he was named to the University Interscholastic League 4A All-State first team. Bailey’s strong showing in recent AJGA and Legends Tour events have helped him climb from No. 14 to No. 3 in Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings for the Texas Class of 2015. Nationally, he’s currently ranked No. 301 among players in all classes. Bailey’s next big event is the AJGA David Toms Open July 22-25 in Shreveport. Lamar golf coach Brian White has already offered him a scholarship to follow in the footsteps of one of his mentors, Chris Stroud, and he’s on the radar of schools like Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Rice and Arizona State  . . . Dr. John Schmidt of Nederland experienced the thrill of a first hole-in-one on Sunday at Babe Zaharias. Schmidt sank a 7-iron on the 137-yard, 15th hole. The shot was witnessed by Brad Williams and David Semple . . . Also getting in on the hole-in-one action was Karl Huckaby of Nederland. Huckaby used an 8-iron to get his ace on the 165-yard, No. 2 hole at Beaumont  Country Club. Witnesses were Buddy Reynolds, Jay Baklick and Hans Jorgenson . . .  Dennis Walsh of Groves, who has a United States Amateur Public Links championship on his lengthy golf resume, turned back the clock to the glory days recently when he tied the Murphy DeMarcay’s senior course record at Babe Zaharias with sizzling 62. Walsh’s round included an eagle and eight birdies . . . PN-G’s Brandon Soileau eagled the par 5, No. 1 hole at Bayou Din to prevail in a sudden-death playoff over former Indian Jarrod Brown and Beaumonter William Miller for the Boys 16-18 championship in the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour’s YMBL Junior Classic. Soileau (74-73), Brown (74-73) and Miller (75-72) all shot 147. Other winners included Seth Morgan of Lumberton in Boys 13-15 (78-74—152), Courtney Shaw of Baytown in Girls 16-18 (89-85—174) and Lauren Cox of Orange in Girls 13-15 (79-89—168) . . . The team of Tom Lawton, Cap Hollier, Ron Theriot, Paul Brown and Harold Wilkinson rolled up 27 points to win the Babe Zaharais DogFight. Second with 23 points was the fivesome of Dwayne Morvant, Paul Alleman, Bryan Grant, Roger Koch and Wilkinson. Closest to the pin winners were Cricket Owen (No. 2), Begeman (No. 7), Cap Hollier (No. 12) and Boddy Shelton (No. 15) . . . The aforementioned Walsh led his team that included Keith Rochau, Bud Auffurth and Tommy Lemire to a front nine win at minus 6 in the Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias. The back nine was won at minus 6 by the foursome of Tony Trevino, Don MacNeil, Ron Theriot and Roger Baumer . . . Jimmy Jackson, Twyman Ash and Bill Worsham all finished at plus 7 to tie for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Worsham was the closest to the pin winner on No. 8 . . . In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Barry Jackson and Glen LeBlanc tied for first at plus 4. Worsham was third at plus 1. Norm Shannon was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-person points format, with the team of Jim Jordan, Malcolm Tiller, Larry Rogers, John Fong and Bob Byerly winning with plus 17. Rick Pritchett, Jim Cooper, L.J. Hardy and Clous Harris placed second at plus 14. Closest to the pin winners were Bob Byerly (No. 2), David English (No. 7), Bob Moore (No. 12) and Cap Hollier (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a two-ball format. On the front, the team of Gene Jones, Wes McDonald, Mark Petry and Larry Vicknair won with minus six. On the back, there was a tie at minus five between the team of John Williams, Ryan Thompson, John Fong and Dennis Dubious and the foursome of Dwaine Ander, Jeff Huffman, Gene Hardy and Charles Leard . . . Upcoming summer junior golf camps hosted by The First Tee of The Golden Triangle are set for July 22-25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Henry Homberg Golf Course, July 22 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Games People Play and July 29 through Aug. 1 at Games People Play. The Homberg camp is for boys and girls ages 12-17, has a  registration fee of $75 and a July 19 deadline. The first Games People Play camp is for boys and girls 6-11k has a registration fee of $125 and a deadline of July 19. The second Games People Play camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-18, has a registration fee of $125 and has a sign-up deadline of July 26.

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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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