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March 19, 2014

West golf notepad: Voight, Smith score aces at Babe Zaharias


    With the Southeast Texas golf scene getting a bit of break from rotten weather patterns, Larry Voight of Port Neches and Robert Smith of Beaumont took advantage of playing opportunities to author holes in one at Babe Zaharias. Voight struck first on Friday, getting his ace from 107-yards on No. 2. He used a pitching wedge for what was his 3rd hole in one. Witnesses were David Arnaud, Jim Mercer and Larry Rogers. Smith’s got his ace on Sunday and it also came on No. 2, but from 136-yards with a 9-iron. His 3rd hole in one was witnessed by Allen Gautreaux and David Pipkin . . . Kenny Robbins of Nederland didn’t bag a hole in one but he did sink a shot from 125 yards at Zaharias. Robbins, using a pitching wedge, scored an eagle 2 with his on-target shot on the 18th hole. Robbins’ fivesome included Hunter Huff, Michael Glover, Michael Krautz and Kris Robbins . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was played in a 6-6-6 format. The team of Thad Borne-Bryan Grant won 1st Flight with a 69, edging Joe Gongora-Rick Pritchett by a shot. In 2nd Flight, Bill Hanley-Harrell-Guidry prevailed with a 71, finishing four shots clear of Dwain Morvant-Robert Bonin. Gene Hardy-Jim Thompson took 3rd Flight with a 77, besting Harry Green-Ron Overstreet by a stroke. Closest to the pin winners were Earl Richard (No 2), Gary Whitfill (No. 7), Don Duplan (No. 12) and Butch Landry (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in an individual stroke play format, using handicaps. Mark Petry and Larry Foster carded 67 to tie in 1st Flight, with Rick Pritchett 3rd at 69 and Earl Richard 4th at 70. In 2nd Flight, Richard Sibley won with a 67. Ron Theriot was a stroke back in 2nd place, followed by Joe Benoit and Larry Rogers at 71. Closest to the pin winners were Ron Overstreet (No. 2) and Pritchett (No. 12) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front, the team of Dwain Anderson, Jeff Huffman, Ivory Hatch and Lee Bertrand won with minus 4. Second at minus 2 was the foursome of Rick Brunner, Gene Rountree, Pete Reobroi and Holley. The back nine was won in minus 4 by the team of Joe Gongora, Pritchett, Dan Flood and Carl Certa. There was a three-way tie for second . . . Upcoming Saturday at Babe Zaharias is the PN-G 2014 Project Graduation Scramble. Entry fee is $200 per team. For more information or to enter, call Brad Dixon at 201-6406 . . . The PN-G boys golf team will be heavy favorites to win a 5th consecutive District 20-4A championship next Monday and Tuesday at Chambers County Golf Club. The Indians junior star Braden Bailey will be shooting to win medalist honors for a third consecutive year. Last year at Bayou Din, PN-G won by a whopping 46 shots. Bailey, with a 36-hole total of 147, edged Nederland’s Michael Glover by three strokes in medal play. Nederland, which was led by medalist Felicia Sauceda’s 160, is defending champion on the girls side . . . Led by freshman Karlei Hemler’s 86, the PN-G girls placed second in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Invitational Monday at Sunset Grove Country Club. Other players whose scores counted toward PN-G’s winning total were Brynna Bailey’s, 101, Railie Guidry’s, 104, and Rian Weatherford’s, 128. LC-M’s Lauren Cox claimed medalist honors with an 82. LC-M finished second in the tournament with a 428. Bridge City was third at 488 . . . Entries are now being taken for the 25th annual Tyrrell Garth Jr. Invitational April 26-27 at Beaumont Country. The tournament, one of the area’s best, features 36 holes of individual medal play in Championship Flight, with all other flights playing a 2-man, 36-hole modified Stableford. Entry fee is $175 per player. It includes a Friday practice round, 36 holes of tournament play and carts on the weekend. Also included is a cocktail party and player auction on Friday night, lunch served in the grill on Saturday and Sunday and tee prizes. The field is limited to the first 144 players to enter. Call BCC pro Rob Lietzke at 898-7011 for more information . . . Chris Stroud, after taking last week off from the PGA Tour,  plans to be back in action Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando’s Bay Hill Golf Club. Stroud is undecided about next week in San Antonio, but will play April 3-6 in the Shell Houston Open . . . Anyone interested in attending the Valero Texas Open next Thursday through Sunday in San Antonio should contact me (721-2436, about Any Day passes to the event. For the second consecutive year, an anonymous donor has made several Any Day passes available to The News sports department. The tournament is played at the TPC San Antonio . . . World No. 3 Henrik Stenson has become the highest ranked player to commit to the Shell Houston Open and gives the pre-Masters tourney five of golf’s top 10. Also in the field are No. 5 Phil Mickelson, No. 7 Rory McIlroy, No. 8 Dustin Johnson and No 9 Sergio Garcia. Other notables to recently commit are Rickie Fowler, Harris English, Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera . . . Former Port Arthuran Marty Fleckman, who was the 2007 Southern Texas PGA Teacher of the Year, is overseeing a weekend golf school at BlackHorse Golf Club outside Houston. Itinerary for the school is 13 hours of instruction covering all aspects of the game. Included is lunch Friday and Saturday and 18 holes with Fleckman. The school begins with a 9 a.m. orientation on Friday. Cost is $695. To sign up go to or call 281 225-4800 ext. 1.

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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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