The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
For those wonder why there was no area notepad last week, the author was on a golf-writer outing — the Mesquite Media Classic — in Mesquite, Nev. Mesquite was the site of the original Golf Channel Big Break, and is the annual home of the Remax Long Drive Championship that’s televised on Christmas Day. It offers a half dozen terrific courses, plus four or five pretty good ones and a gambling atmosphere that’s much more laid back than its neighbor 75 miles to the south — Las Vegas. More on Mesquite later. It’s time to play catch up and there’s much to cover . . . Look out Mancil Davis, Lee Terro of Port Neches, is gaining on you. Terro made his second hole in one of 2012 and ninth overall when he sank a pitching wedge Nov. 9 on the 119-yard, 15th at Babe Zaharais. The shot was witnessed by Frank Jackson, John Guidry and Ken Duhon. For those not familiar with Mancil Davis, he’s the anointed “King of Aces.” According to Davis’ bio, he’s the world record holder with 51 aces and has scored a hole in one with every club in his bag but a putter, pitching wedge and sand wedge. He also claims 10 double eagles . . . Congratulations are in order for former PN-G and Arkansas standout Andrew Landry for his resounding win last week in the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Cypresswood Open. Landry reeled of rounds of 66-66-67 for a 17-under par 199 and a resounding eight-stroke victory that earned him $4,020. Former Beaumonter Anthony Broussard was third at 207 . . . Also coming up big last week was former Lamar golfer John Riegger. In his first crack at the Champions Tour Q school, Riegger gained one of the five exemptions available by tying for fourth with a six-under 282. He did it in spectacular fashion, shooting a 66 on the final day over the TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla. If he’d shot 67, he’d have come up a stroke short. The only downer for Riegger, who lives in Las Vegas, is that he won’t be able to participate in a Champions Tour event until June 13 of next year. That’s when he turns 50 . . . The news wasn’t as good for another Lamar ex, M.J. Daffue. Playing in the PGA Tour Q School second stage qualifier at Redstone Golf Club in Houston, where 19 spots to the final stage were up for grabs, Daffue tied for 50th with a one-over par 289 . . . Earlier this year the aforementioned Andrew Landry set the course record at The Patch with a 60. Richard Scully shattered that in stunning fashion recently with a 55 that included 11 birdies and two eagles from the front (gold) tees. Witnesses to that remarkable feat were Bryan Threadgill and Charles Heider . . . Jeffry Roundree carded a 75 two win Boys 16-18 in The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Southeast Texas Junior Tour Tall Finish Series at Wildwood. Cameron Keith (84) and Thomas Willis (85) came in second and third, respectively. In Boys 14-15, Bryce Shaver’s 84 was six clear of Jessica Rogina’s 90. Collin Todora won Boys 12-13 with a 90, which was six shots better than Josh Elmore’s 96. In Girls 16-18, Karlei Hemler’s 82 was good for an 8-stroke victory over Allison Davis. Ashley Young claimed girls 14-15 with a 109. In Boys 10-11 over 9 holes, Jack Burke’s 42 topped Hunter Christman’s 49. Micah Depew was the winner in Boys 7-9, over 6 holes, with a 26. Will Van Pelt was second with a 27. The next event is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 at Bayou Din. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.stjga.com . . . The Nov. 14 Babe Zaharias DogFight ended in a two-way tie between the team of Darrell Dugas, Cole Lee, Bob Moore and Paul Brown (17&8) and the foursome of Butch Cross, Gene Roundtree, Rodney Christman and Doug Weeks (17&2). Closest to the pin winners were Dugas (No. 2), Craig Fontenot (No. 12) and Cody Metts (No. 15) . . . The Nov. 15 Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2 person, best ball format. Earl Richard-Harrell Guidry won 1st Flight with a 67, which was three better than Mike Lansford-Cap Hollier. In 2nd Flight, Gary Wagner-E.T. Robicheaux shot 69 to best the 71 of Harry Green-Bill Fears. The duo of Rich Robinson-Andy Bedair was a big winner in 2nd flight with a 69 that bested Charlie Huckaby-Joe Benoit by six strokes. Bob Loyd-Harold Wilkinson took 4th flight with a 76, edging L.J. Hardy-Ken Davis by a stroke. Closest to the pin winners were Paul Duplantis (No. 2), Huckaby (No. 7), Adam Noel (No. 12) and Mark Petry (No. 15) . . . The Nov. 17 Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2 best ball format. On the front nine, the team of Roddy Weatherly, Ivory Hatch, Cody Almand and Dan Flood won with minus 6. On the back, minus 4 was good enough for the foursome of Thad Borne, Tom Lawton, Rick Pritchett and Paul Duplantis to prevail . . . The Nov. 19 Patch Senior 50 Plus game was played in a 2 best ball format. On the front, there was a tie at minus 8 between the team of Charles Heider, Richard Briggs, Joe Castleman and Don Macneil and the foursome of Roddy Weatherly, Gerald Huebel, Walter Colvin and Tommy Lemire. The back also ended in a tie, with the team of Jimmy Fetters, Tony Trevino, R.C. Russell and Don Storey matching the Weatherly team’s minus 7 . . . Frank Oakley finished plus 6 to win the Monday, Nov. 19, Seniors at Belle Oaks. Major Rising at plus 2 and Raymond Rice at plus 1 finished second and third. Norm Shannon was closest to the pin winner on No. 15. In the Friday, Nov. 16 Seniors at Belle Oaks, Shannon won with plus 6. Joe Vanderweg was second at plus 5. Shannon won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . In the Nov. 7 Babe Zaharias DogFight, the team of Earl Richmond, Alex Espinoza, Harry Green and Ray Weaver won with 17&4. Tied for second was team of Cricket Owen, Cole Lee, Don Duplan and Larry Rogers (16&5) and the foursome of Tom Lawton, Adam Noel, Roger Koch and Charlie Huckaby (16&5). Closest to the pin winners were Jim Jordan (No. 2), Lawton (No. 7) Lee (No. 12) and Brad Royer (No. 15) . . . The Nov. 8 Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person scramble, with the team of Jim Jordan, Bill Fears, Malcolm Tiller and Bob Frazier winning at minus 11. Tied for second at minus 10 was the team of Rich Pritchett, Bob Moore, Randy Martin and Bob Lloyd and the team of Mike Lansford, Bob Foster, Mike Hess and Robert Lynch. Closest to the pin winners were Jack Wilson (No. 2), Bill Hammond (No. 7), Larry Padia (No. 12) and Jim Cooper (No. 15) . . . The Nov. 10 Super Saturday Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2 best ball format. The team of Jim Jordan, Harold Guidry, Cole Lee and Butch Almand won the front with minus 5, while the foursome of Larry Morris, Raymond Darbonne, Mark Petry and Dan Flood prevailed on the back in minus 2 . . . In the Nov. 13 Patch Seniors 50 Plus game, played in a 2 ball format, the team of Dennis Walsh, Russ Gloede, Glen Frederick and Ron Theriot won with minus 12. On the back, there was a tie at minus 10 between the foursome of Tommy Prejean, P. Young, K. Landry and Roy Martinez and the team of Larry Stone, L. Johnson and Don Macneil . . . Bill Taylor finished plus 2 to win the Monday, Nov. 12, Seniors at Belle Oaks. Barry Jackson was second at plus 1 and Bill Worsham third at 0. Jim Brown won closest to the pin on Nov. 15 . . . Brown, with plus 4, was the winner in the Friday, Nov. 9, Seniors at Belle Oaks. Bill Taylor and Major Rising tied for third at plus 3. Ron Somerville won closest to the pin on No. 8.
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