, Port Arthur, Texas


October 15, 2013

West area notepad: Waldrup, Beevers score holes in one

PORT ARTHUR —  Chris Waldrup of Buna scored a hole in one on the 151-yard, 7th hole at Bayou Din. Waldrup used a 7-wood for what was his first ever ace. Witnesses were Alan Mason, Wesley Fry and Mike Sanchez . . .  Also joining the hole-in-one club was Dennis Beevers of Beaumont. Beevers got his ace on the 133-yard, 8th hole at Belle Oaks, using a 5-wood. Witnesses were Todd Guerard and Paul Lona . . . Look for PN-G freshman Karlei Hemler to be the dominant player in girls golf in Southeast Texas the next few years. Hemler easily handled the pressure of being paired with Belle Oaks/Palms at Pleasure Island pro Bryan Jackson, Lamar baseball coach Jim Gilligan and this writer in The First Tee of the Golden Triangle’s Champions Classic fundraising scramble Monday at Beaumont Country Club. All three of us were impressed with Karlei’s poise, golf swing and overall skills. Enhancing Hemler’s chances to go places in golf is the fact she just started taking lessons from Port Arthur golfing great Marty Fleckman. Fleckman, who is Director of Instruction at BlackHorse Golf Club in Houston, confirmed my feelings that Karlei can be a special player. “I’ve only worked with her once, on short game stuff, but I really liked what I saw,” Fleckman said. “She has a chance to be very good.” Hemler, incidentally, fired rounds of 78-78 to win the USSSA/Mizuno Battle in Cenla last weekend at Oak Wing Country Club in Alexandria, La. . . PN-G placed 10th among 21 4A and 5A teams last weekend in the rain-shortened Tiger Classic in College Station. The Indians, lead by a 76 from Brandon Soileau and a 77 from Tyer Rawson, shot 321 at Pebble Creek Country Club. Other PN-G scores were Braden Bailey’s 81 and an 87 from Bryant Hardy.  PN-G looked to be moving up in the standings before a second round washout. Bailey was one under through 11 holes, Rawson was even through 10, Soileau was four over through 10 and Cameron Keith was two over through 11. Huntsville’s Chandler Phillips took medalist honors with a sizzling 66 . . . PN-G golfers won the team title and claimed the top four medal spots in Nederland’s Junior Varsity Tournament at Belle Oaks. Bradley Stone was medalist with a 76, followed by Tyler Feemster’s 81, Daniel Stephens’ 88 and a 90 by Blake Thibodeaux . . . Ryan Mireles carded a 79 to edge Cullen Ritter by one stroke and win Boys 16-18 in the Southeast Texas Junior Tour’s Fall Finish event at Idylwild Golf Club. Olivia Hansen, with an 84 took Girls 16-18 by four strokes over Reid Whaley. Other flight winners were Michael Krautz (77 in Boys 14-15, Jack Burke (84 in Boys 12-13), Brooke Tyree (89 in Girls 12-13) and Micah Depew (46 in Co-ed 10-11, 9 holes) . . . Congratulations to the First Tee of The Golden Triangle executive director Jerry Honza for staging another terrific and highly successful Champions Classic at Beaumont Country Club. The event, as it always does, sold out well ahead of time. Winning team in the AM portion of the scramble consisted of Mike Fugitt, Sam Brown, Lee Comeaux and Mark Wright. They shot a 53, as did the winning PM foursome of Dee Green, Charles Heider, Doug Fear and Slade Hunt. AM closest to the pin winners were Thad Borne (No. 2), Howard Fabre (No. 4), Andrew Sigur (No. 10) and Randy Lindeman (No. 17). Mark Netterville won long drive on No. 18. PM closest to the pin winners were Gerald Carrier (NO. 2), Darrell Dugas (No. 4), John Hook (No. 10) and Heider (No. 17). Green won the long drive on 18 . . . First place in the Nederland Westernaire Backers Scramble at Belle Oaks went to the team of Kellen LeBlanc, Avery LeBlanc, Kenny Robbins and Kris Robbins. They shot a 55. Closest to the hole winner on No. 8 was Mark Osborne. Long drive winner on No. 4 was Marlee Wilson . . . The team of Kenneth Belaire, Ron Mistrot, Randy Becker and Paul Bourgeois won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 20 points. Tied for second at 19 was the foursome of Cody Metts, Mark Petry, Roger Koch and Casey Begeman and the team of Don MacNeil, Jeff Rinehart, Ed Hetzel and Jobie Irvine. Closest to the hole winners were Raymond Darbonne (No. 2), Don Duplan (No. 7), Jim Jordan (No. 12) and Irvine (No. 15) . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at the Babe was played in its usual 2-ball format. There was a two-way tie on the front at minus 3 between the team of Craig Geoffroy, Adam Noel, Roger Koch and Larry Rogers and the foursome of Dennis Walsh, Bill Draughon, J. Cormier and Carl Certa. The back was won by the team of Larry Thompson, Alex Espinosa, Gene Noble and Charles Perez. They finished minus 3 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2 person 9/9 format. Jim Jordan-Rick Pritchett teamed to win 1st Flight with a 65, besting Don MacNeil-Pat Waite by three strokes. In 2nd Flight, Bill Fears-Bill Jones posted a 68, to clip the team of Charles Leard-Joe Cormier and Bob Byerly-Gene Noble by two strokes. Stedman Tahaney-Ben Thornton took 3rd Flight with a 75. They finished two clear of Paul Brown-Joe Benoit. Closest to the pin winners were Jordan (No. 2, No. 7), Cormier (No. 12) and Tahaney (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. The team of Brett Yellot, Adam Noel, Harrell Guidry and Paul Brown tied the front at minus 5 with the foursome of Jim Jordan, Rick Pritchett, Lee Bertrand and Glen Marino. On the back, the team of Joe Gongora, Alex Espinosa, Mark Petry and Robert Lynch prevailed with minus 2 . . . Bill Taylor won the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks with minus 1. Raymond Rice placed second with minus 3 and Ed Boone was third at minus 7. Boone won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . Boone was the winner in the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, finishing plus 8. Rufus Mier was second at plus 4, followed by Norm Shannon at minus 1.

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    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.
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    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.
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     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

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