, Port Arthur, Texas


November 26, 2013

West golf notepad: Black, Dodds miss out on Champions Tour cards

PORT ARTHUR — Over-par opening rounds cost former Lamar golfers Ronnie Black and Trevor Dodds in their bids to secure playing cards on the 2014 Champions Tour. Black, after opening with a two-over 73, came back with rounds of 66-68-69, but his 72-hole total of 276 missed by four shots. Dodds, followed a first-day 74 with 67-66-68 for a 277, which missed by five. Wes Short Jr., posted the low score of 266 on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale . . .  Lonnie LaBove, who was a major factor in the PN-G golf team reaching the 4A state tournament last spring, picked up his first check in seven pro starts last weekend in the San Antonio Open. LaBove, with a three-over par 75, finished T5 in an event shorted from 36 holes to 18 due to rain. Encouraged to play in San Antonio by Dennis Walsh, LaBove pocketed $660 . . . PN-G’s Braden Bailey, though he came up short in all three of his matches, was part of the winning South Team in the Legends Junior Tour’s Jackie Burke Cup in College Station. Playing in raw, rainy conditions last weekend, Bailey and Scott Williams of Cedar Park lost 3-and-2 in fourball matches and 1 up in alternate shot. Bailey was defeated 5-and-3 by Brandon Smith of Frisco in singles play . . .  D.A. Points, who won last year’s Shell Houston Open thanks in no small part to putting lessons from Lamar University golf coach Brian White, will have the distinction of being the last SHO champion at Redstone Golf Club. No, the tournament is not moving to another location. Escalante Golf, purchased all of Redstone’s Golf Properties this past summer, has opted for a name change. The new course name will be revealed at a media outing on Friday, Dec. 6 . . .  The City of Port Arthur has announced that Aquila Golf, which has operated Babe Zaharias Golf Club for the past 20 years, has been extended for five more years. Aquila officials plan to meet with the city’s golf committee in the near future to discuss course improvements . . . The team of Darrell Dugas, Andrew Sigur, Bill Hernandez and Steve Childree finished with 19 points to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second with 18 points was the team of Rick Pritchett, Gene Noble, Don Duplan and Ron Overstreet. Closest to the pin winners were Ray Trahan (No. 2), Roger Koch (No. 7), Mark Petry (No. 12) and Andrew Sigur (No. 15) . . . The Bayou Din DogFight was won with 15 points by the team of Kenneth Belaire, Bill Hanley, Jimmy Smith and  Don Smith. Second with 13 points was the team of Steve Picou, David English, Alan Louviere and Don Smith. Closest to the pin winners were Craig Fontenot (No. 2), Belaire (No. 7), Butch Cross (No. 11) and Hanley (No. 17). Shot of the day was authored by Charles McNeil of Nederland. McNeil holed a sand wedge from 80 yards for an eagle 3 on the 13th hole on the Bayou Back . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a best 3-ball format. Winning the front nine at plus 2 was the team of Harry Green, Bob Barnes, Joe Cormier, Joe Benoit and Dwayne Morrison. On the back there was a three-way tie at plus 8 between the Green team, the foursome of Larry Johnson, Ed Hetzel, Larry Rogers and Paul Brown and the team of Bill Hanley, Bill Fears, Charlie Huckaby and Paul Bourgeois. Closest to the pin winners were Joe Cormier (No. 2), Rick Pritchett (No. 7), Hetzel (No. 12) and Tommy Prejean (No. 15) . . . If you’ve never played the National Golf Club of Louisiana, or if you want to go back, I’ve got a certificate for four rounds of golf to sell. The certificate is good Monday through Friday and expires Dec. 31. Call me at 721-2432 and we’ll discuss a price.

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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

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    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.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

    July 19, 2014

  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

  • West column: Pacers hiring Pat Knight didn't help Lamar

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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.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

    July 15, 2014

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