, Port Arthur, Texas

Bob West

March 26, 2013

West golf notepad: SHO's feature pairing is McIlroy, Johnson and Bradley


    Thanks to Tiger Woods’ win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Shell Houston Open no longer can boast of having the world’s No. 1 ranked player. For those interested in watching No. 2 Rory McIlroy, he’s in the feature pairing the first two days at Redstone, along with Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley. They tee off at 12:50 p.m. on No. 1. on Thursday and 7:50 a.m. on No. 10 on Friday.  Immediately behind them at 1 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday are Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas and Steve Stricker. Phil Mickelson fans will have to get up early, at least on Thursday. Mickelson’s first shot will be at 7:50 a.m. on No. 10. He’s paired with defending champ Hunter Mahan and Geoff Ogilvy. They’re off at 12:50 p.m. Friday. Southeast Texas favorite Chris Stroud goes out late on Thursday, drawing a 1:10 p.m. off No. 10, then has an 8:40 a.m. Friday on No. 1. Lamar ex Shawn Stefani goes at 2:10 p.m. off No. 10 Thursday and  9:10 a.m.: on Friday . . . First of the four spring and summer Southeast Texas Senior Pro-Am Series tournaments was played last week at Idylwild Golf Club, with the team of Bob Chisar (plus 8), Richard Barney (plus 3), Richard Duffee (plus 7) and a “ghost” partner (minus 4) winning at plus 14. Their payoff was $83.33. There was a tie for second  at plus 5 between the team of Mitch Priddy (minus 3), Joe Kazmar (plus 6), Jim Campbell (minus 3) and Pierre Meaux (plus 5) and the foursome of Bob Nicks (minus 4), Neal Brown (plus 3), Al Merryman (0) and Jack Gatewood (plus 6) Players on those teams collected $25 each. Next event is April 16 at Bayou Din. Seniors who are 60 and over and interested in participating should call Idylwild assistant pro Aaron Bonvillion (753-2521) to sign up . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight ended in a two-way tie between the team of Bill Hanley, Buddy Sepeda, Don MacNeil and Mark Petry (15&6) and the foursome of Rick Pritchett,  Jim Cooper, Ray Trahan and David English (15&2). Closest to the hole winners were Hilario Padia (No. 2) and Adam Noel (No. 4) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 9/9 format of 2 person scramble and best ball. The duo of Raymond Darbonne and Rick Pritchett won First Flight at minus 3, edging Gerald Huebel-Pete Reobroi by a stroke. In Second Flight, Cap Hollier-Jim Cooper won with minus 1, finishing two shots clear of Bill Fears-Walter Colvin. Ron Overstreet-Mimi Rose took Third Flight with minus one, besting the plus one of Charles Leard-Buddy Carroll. In Fourth Flight, Joe Benoit-Larry Rogers won with plus one. Closest to the pin winners were Mike Hess (No. 2), David English (No. 7), Mark Petry (No. 12) and Huebel (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, saw the front nine finish in a three-way tie at minus two. On the back nine, the team of Rick Brunner, Cody Almond, Cap Hollier and Pete Reobroi won with minus 6 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a 2-ball format. On the front nine, there was a tie at minus three between the team of Tony Trevino, Gene Hardy and Bill Rogers and the team of D. Darbonne, R. Darbonne, Ron Theriot and Allen Suire. On the back, the Trevino team tied the team of Bill Hanley, Cap Hollier and E.T. Robicheaux . . . Last week’s Senior 50 Plus Game produced a two-way tie on the front at minus 2 between the team of Trevino, David Arnaud, Don MacNeil and Ted Estes and the foursome of Gene Hardy, Theriot, Larry Rogers and Bret Yellett. The Trevino team won the back with minus 3. Starting on April 1, the Senior Plus game is making a permanent move from Tuesdays to Mondays. That’s no April Fool . . . Major Rising finished plus 4 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Bill Taylor was second at plus 1 and Ed Boone was third at 0. Taylor won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Ron Somerville won with plus 5. Boone was second with plus 3 and Mike Hebert third at plus 1. Barry Jackson was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . One of the area’s longest running tournaments, the Tyrrell Garth Jr. Invitational, is set for its 24th renewal April 6-7 at Beaumont Country Club, and it features an intriguing new format. Outside of Championship Flight, which will be contested in 36 holes of medal play, two-man teams will compete under a modified Stableford Scoring System. Players will have the choice of which tees to use, but handicaps will be adjusted depending on the tees chosen. Entry fee is $350 per team — $300 if you pay by March 29 — and includes a practice round on Friday, April 5. Also included in the entry fee is a Friday night cocktail party and lunch on Saturday and Saturday. Each flight will have a $100 per team player pool and a $20 daily skin pool. Anyone wishing to participate should call 898-7011 . . . Upcoming Saturday, April 6, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Belle Oaks, is the St. Catherine School fundraiser which is played in a four-person scramble format. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team. For more information, contact Dustin Montijo (549-2230), Mitch Owens (540-0654) or John Solis (722-3768) . . . Bridge City High School’s Class of 2013 Project Graduation Scramble is set for Monday at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The format is a four-person scramble, with a $400 per team or $125 per individual entry fee. Contact person for anyone who would like to enter is Krissy Reese at 718-0598. She can be e-mailed at

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