, Port Arthur, Texas

October 8, 2013

West golf notepad: Craig Geoffroy gets first hole in one

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —  He had to go to La Porte to do it, but Craig Geoffroy of Port Neches bagged his first hole in one Tuesday at Bay Forest Golf Club. Playing in a foursome that included Jerry Boehm, Chris Wright and Doug Richter, Geoffroy aced the 149-yard, 7th hole with a 7-iron . . . PN-G ex Jarrod Brown continues to excel for the Mary Hardin Baylor golf team. Brown fired rounds of 73-68 for a 141 total that was good for second place in the Al Jones Memorial Tournament at Cascades Golf Club in Tyler. Charley Graves of UT-Tyler edged him by a stroke. Brown’s final-day 68 was the lowest round by any golfer in the American Southwest Conference this year. His stroke average of 73.8 is third in the conference and he’s twice been named to all-tournament teams . . . Say a prayer for former Idylwild pro Brian Lietzke. The brother of Bruce Lietzke and the father of Beaumont Country Club pro Rob Lietzke, Brian is fighting for his life in a Round Rock Hospital. He suffered a suffered a recurring bout of pancreatitis about 10 days ago, and while being treated for that suffered a mild heart attack. He’s been on life support for the past five days dealing with several issues that are keeping his body from starting to heal itself. If you ever met Brian, you’d never forget him because of his terrific sense of humor. When brother Bruce moved to the Champions Tour, Brian frequently caddied for him and was on his bag for seven wins . . . The team of Darin Printy-Barnett fired a 64 to edge Timmy Roberts-Kurt Roberts by a shot to win 1st Flight in the Joe Williamson Memorial two-person scramble at Babe Zaharias. Troy Fultz teamed with Troy Vidrine to win 2nd Flight with a 65. They finished four shots clear of Anthony Theriot-Scott Beckner. In 3rd Flight Chad Edgar-Mark Travis posted 71 to clip Reagan Meaux-Anthony Toups by a shot. Jacob Wereen (No. 7) and Nickie Matt (No. 15) were closest to the hole winners. Fultz won the long drive on No. 4 . . . The team of Darrel Dugas, Cap Hollier, Danny Peddy and Harold Wilkinson finished with 14 points to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Three teams tied for second with 13 points. Closest to the hole winners were Roger Koch (No. 2), Dillard Darbonne (No. 7), Larry Rogers (No. 12) and Rick Pritchett (No. 15) . . . The team of Don MacNeil, Paul Duplantis, Stedman Tahney and Pritchett finished plus 10 to win the Thursday Senior Game at Zaharias. Second at plus 4 was the team of David English, Joe Cormier, Paul Bourgeois and Darbonne. Closest to the pin winners were Jim Cooper (No. 2), Gene Noble (No. 7), Larry Foster (No. 12) and Ray Trahan (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front nine, the team of Jim Jordan, Thad Borne, Harrell Guidry and Gene Hardy finished minus 3 to tie with the foursome of Gene Rountree, Paul Flores, Wes McDonald and Glen Marino. On the back nine, the Jordan team finished in a tie at minus three with the fivesome of Raymond Darbonne, Adam Noel, Pete Reobroi, Harold Wilkinson and Pritchett . . . In the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, the team of Tony Trevino, Butch Pittman, Paul Duplantis and Gene Noble won the front nine with minus 3. On the back, the foursome of Benny Sharpe, Foster, Tom Letourneau and Lee Bertrand won with minus 4 . . . Dennis Neef and Bill Worsham tied for first at minus 2 in the Monday Seniors at Babe Zaharias. Barry Jackson and Rufus Mier tied for third at minus 3. There was no closest to the pin winner. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Neef finished at 0 to edge Jackson by one point. Jackson won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . . . . PN-G’s golf team will be hosting its 3rd annual fund-raising tournament Saturday,  Nov. 2 at Belle Oaks. The Indians, who are coming off a fifth place finish in last spring’s 4A state championship, will use funds raised in the event to cover travel expenses to two-day tournaments in College Station and Huntsville. Format for the tournament is a four-person scramble. Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Call Ricky Keyes at 466-1263 or Brad Bailey at 720-9151.

Golf news should be faxed to 724-6The most knowledgable inside source on the UT coaching situation — the guy who mentioned way back in Janaury that Alabama’s Nick Saban had been contacted — said last week that four head coaches have been contacted about replacing Brown and one was offered $8 million per year. That could only be Saban. He didn’t name the other three, but said they woud be offered what Brown makes ($5 million) and assured their staff would be the highest paid in college football.854 or e-mailed to