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Frank Jackson of Nederland and Kevin Mott of Bridge City got to celebrate after making holes in one Sunday at Babe Zaharias. Jackson scored his third ace with an 8-iron on the 122-yard, 8th. Witnesses were Johnny Arenas, Mike Rodgers, Bert Miller and Ken Duhon. Mott used a 6-iron to sink his tee shot from 153-yards on No. 7. Witnesses included Archie Myers, Kirk Roccaforte, Andy Meshwert and Bubba Morgan . . . There was also a hole in one recorded at Bayou Din, with George Shumaker of Beaumont getting his first-ever ace from 130-yards on the 7th hole of the Bayou Front. Shumaker used an 8-iron for the shot witnessed by Nader Bood, Hank Harris and Wayne Cerniglia . . . PN-G senior-to-be Braden Bailey is in Dallas this week, looking to improve his national ranking among schoolboy golfers with eligibility left. A week after he came oh-so-close to winning a prestigious American Junior Golf Association tournament at The Woodlands Country Club, Bailey opened with a one-over-par 71 in the Legends Junior Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship at Northwood Country Club. With 36 holes still to play, he stands T8 in a field of 78. Co-leaders George Gardner of Southlake and Andrew Spear of Flower Mound shot 67. Last week at The Woodlands, Bailey came up one shot short in second place, after an even par total of 216 on rounds of 70-74-72 on the course that used to host the Shell Houston Open. In the final round, he’d come from behind to overtake eventual winner Charles Kim with an eagle on the par 5, 15th. Taking a one-stroke lead to the final hole the Baylor pledge got a bad break when a pushed drive hit a tree limb and went into a water hazard. That lead to a closing double bogey and Kim overtook him with a par . . . Karlei Hemler, who will be a sophomore at PN-G this fall, had the best showing among area players in the massive Starburst Junior Classic played in Waco last week. Hemler, after carding a 54-hole score of 247, tied for second in Girls 15, but had to settle for third after a scorecard playoff. There were 42 girls from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma in her flight. PN-G’s Brandon Soileau finished T50 and Nederland’s Hunter Huff was T68 in the Boys Championship Flight, while LC-M’s Lauren Cox posted a T39 in the Girls Championship Flight. Cameron Keith of PN-G came in T28 in Boys 17, PN-G’s Bryant Hardy was T37 in Boys 16 and Nederland’s Michael Krautz and Brice Perryman were T33 and 54th respectively in boys 15 . . . Chris Stroud’s T18 at the Hartford Championship was worth $78,120 and swelled his season earnings to $1,414,602. He’s now 46h on the PGA Tour money list and less than $200,000 from his all-time season-high winnings of $1,602,122 in 2013. Stroud is taking this week off. He’ll return to the tour next week at the Greenbriar Classic and is hoping to use that as a springboard into the British Open. Under a new qualifer implented for this year, the top four players at the Greenbriar, provided they finish in the top 12 and aren’t already in the field earn a spot in the British Open. . . . Adams Tour regular Brian Rowell came from five shots off the pace with a closing 65 to win the 47th Annual Silsbee MGA Invitational with a 54-hole score of 205. Rowell picked up a $3,000 first place check, after overtaking Lamar ex M.J. Daffue (207) and Dustin Morris (207). Trey Tate won the Presidential Flight with a 223, topping Danny Simon by two strokes. Other flight winners included Ross Robichau (2nd), Fred Hardy (3rd), Tim Bush (4th), Carl Stried (5th), Matthew Johnson (6th), Javier Solis (7th) and Eric Wood (8th) . . . Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell has decided to cancel the Southeast Texas Championship set for June 28 at Zaharias and June 29 at Bayou Din, based on the fact only six players had entered the stroke play event. Campbell, who has tried over and over to get a stroke-play tournament going, said he was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of interest . . . A sizzling 10 under in a best 2-ball format by the team of Gary Whitfill, Dave English, D. Benoit and Malcolm Tiller won the front in the Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias. On the back, the foursome of Russ Gloede, Larry Johnson, Calvin Landry and Pete Reobroi won with minus 3 . . . The team of Adam Noel, Ed Hetzel, Dillard Darbonne and Dwain Benoit tied for first with the team of Ray Trahan, Cody Metts, Tiller and Allen Suire in the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Closest to the hole winners were Don MacNeil (No. 2, No. 12), Rick Pritchett (No. 7) and Thad Borne (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at the Babe, played in a 2-ball format, had a three-way tie on the front at minus 4. It included the team of Brett Yellot, Harrell Guidry, Gene Rountree and Richard Sibley, the foursome of Cody Metts, Borne, Charles Leard and Jeff Rinehart and the team of Roddy Weatherly, Johnson, Carl Certa and Dennis Dubois. On the back, the team of Paul Flores, Jerry May, Mark Petry and Dillard Darbonne won with minus 4 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-man, 3-ball format, with the team of Dwayne Morvant, Paul Duplantis, Robert Lynch and Gene Noble tying for the front at plus 6 and winning the back at plus 7. Also finishing plus 6 on the front was the foursome of Roy Martinez, Gene Hardy, Tiller and Ron Overstreet. Closest to the hole winners were Bill Draughon (no. 7) and Morvant No. 12) . . . Since there was no golf column last week, here’s some of the results. In the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, there was a three-way tie on the front at minus 5 between the team of Larry Thompson, Jim Mercer, Ed Hetzel and Duplantis, the team of L. Balsano, Larry Voight, Hardy and Tiller and the team of Steve Picou, Hollier, John House and Roger Baumer. The Picou team won the back in minus 5 . . . The Bayou Din DogFight was won with 16 points by the team of Butch Cross, Hollier and John Denton. Second with 15 points was the team of Roland Burris, Jack Anderson and S. Helton. Petry won closest to the pin . . . The June 11 DogFight at The Babe saw the team of Noel, Raymond Darbonne, Robert Bonin and Suire win with 20 points. Second with 18 points was the foursome of Johnson, Petry, Sibley and Bill Jones. Closest to the pin winners were Certa (No. 2), Jones (No. 7), Hollier (No. 12) and Martinez (No. 15) . . . The June 14 Super Saturday Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, saw the team of Noel, Thompson, Jerry May and Sibley win the front with minus 5. On the back, the team of Larry Morris, Ed Holley, Hardy and Tiller won with minus 4 . . . The June 12 Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-man scramble. There was a tie for first at minus 12 between the team of Bill Hanley, Jim Flowers, Sibley and Dwain Morrison and the foursome of Gerald Huebel, Gary Fontenot, Certa and Mike Hess. Closest to the pin winners were Petry (No. 2), Hollier (No. 7), Duplantis (No. 12) and Ron Theriot (No. 15).
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Bassmaster Elites are coming back
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.
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