, Port Arthur, Texas


December 1, 2012

Patti Gay column: Batson roars to top with 300 game

PORT ARTHUR — Tray Batson had only a 3 pin cushion when it was all said and done for the top spot at Max Bowl Port Arthur.  With a 215 for his first game, it seemed to be just another night of league.  Obviously, Tray found his groove upon starting the second game as he finished with a 253 and ended the night with a perfect score of 300 for a nice 766 series.  

Tommy Nguyen, competing in the same Valero league, also had a good night with a 258-237-268-763.  Sami Jo Williams was the leading lady of the week with a high game of 255 and a 673 series. George Gund-258-300-744, Tommy Nguyen-277-214-248-739, Derek Williams-235-280-216-731, Jimmy Calder-213-226-288-727, Eric Harrington-204-236-266-706, & CJ Moity-232-232-237-701 all scored a series over 700.

MONDAY SENIORS:  Tommy Girolamo-257-690, Cotton Glidewell-231-210-635, James Pitre-230-625, Phil Rogers-211-200-583, VJ WillisSr-215-533, Bill Blackman-190-529, Rey Diestro-218, Gloria Divello-202

VALERO:    Tray Batson-213-253-300-766, Tommy Nguyen-258-237-268-763, CJ Moity-232-232-237-701, John Allen-245-690, Mike Doyle-258-684, Robert Duke-269-678, Sami Jo Williams-255-673, Bill White-241-247-673, Sean Mouchette-228-659, Darrell McKee-245-221-654, Mark Maxwell-254-644, James Neel-238-220-628, David Jones-236-231-623, Walter Tucker-205-609, Paul McKee-223-605, Eric Kyles-209-585, Larry St Andrew-205-214-582, John Tsai-233-580, Andrew Havens-213-570, Alanda Boldt-209-564, Justin Cates-211-545, Lewis Garza-207-541, Royce Robbins-198-541, Kelsey DelValle-214-540, Kerry Stevens-200-528, Colin Mann-202-506, Joey Ancelet-156-376, Kurt Cullums-278, Brandi Batson-249, Mack McPhatter-231, Bob Cullums-223, Aaron Vanover-215, Sammy McGlory-214, Sandy Robins-203, Casey Tucker-191, Blaine Davis-188, Dolores Rodrigues-164, Heather Cooper-160

ROADRUNNERS:  CJ Moity-236-669, Gary Vincent-224-236-657, Don Bourg-253-646, Oliver Balagot-207-571, Venix Morris-225-543, Chris Heath-177-468, Rick Hermsen-243, Robert Seymour-214, Hedy Zampini-183, Charlotte Banks-168

QUEEN TUMBLERS:  Connie Mathison-202-557, Flo Benoit-189-177-176-542! Jackie Schell-191-527, Brenda Dodson-174-485, Jenni Beaumont-186, Bel Garcia-183

GOLDEN OLDIES SRS:  Tommy Girolamo-257-670, James Pitre-230-226-648, bill Lawless-196-521, Cynthia Williams-156-410, Cliff Mosley-234, William Gore-182, John Beard-175

FUNBOWLERS:  Bill White-246-698, RaeAnna Todora-246-671, Tammy Berg-263-579, Johnny Simon-204-563, Becky Wier-205-502, Jerry Richardson-224, Sidney Badon-217, Eric Kyles-211, Dean Salles-211, Ronald Leonard-200, Charlene Wersig-192, Dawn Carona-190, Dara Monceaux-179, Bobby Abraham-172, Kaleena Lamb-155, Kristi Doucet-150

MEGA MONEY:  George Gund-258-300-744, Tommy Nguyen-277-214-248-739, Derek Williams-235-280-216-731, Jimmy Calder-213-226-288-727, Eric Harrington-204-236-266-706, Bill White-235-692, David Feldschau-256-689, Travis Johnson-244-677, Jonathan Martin-256-677, James Pitre-236-636, Roynald Allen Jr-268-618, Karen Bellow-222-208-610, Tony Falgout-232-589, Tammy Berg-202-545, Tammy Nick-220-516, Cory Walker-175-470,  Chris Chiasson-277, Gary Vincent-258, Tray Batson-258, Wayne Lavergne-248, Skipper Arsenault-246, Rick Hermsen-244, Rick Malmberg-243, Devin Rankin-237, CJ Moity-236, Robert Seymour-233, Bubba Lear-232, Jared Morein-227, Ronnie Sonnier-225, Troy Berg-220, Colby Daniel-218, Tom Roberts-217, Rhonda Stout-215, John Lemonis-210, Phil Rogers-204, Linda Singleton-202, Bret Chipman-202, Paul Morvant-200, Blaine Daniel-196, Clint Foster-170, Aaron Richardson-161



FRIDAY FUN BUNCH:  Stephnie Harrison-218-203-543, Charline Hanauer-153-373, Sylvia Thomas-170


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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.
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    • 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

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