, Port Arthur, Texas

January 14, 2014

West golf notepad: You new head of operations at Belle Oaks

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — There’s been a change at the top at Belle Oaks Golf Club. James You, who spent four years as the general manager at Pine Crest Golf Club in Houston, has been hired by the Port Arthur Renaissance Group to oversee all operations at club in Taylor Landing.

You, who was born in South Korea, came to America in 1991, attended Houston Community College for two years, then moved to San Diego to attend San Diego Golf Academy He graduated in 2006 with a degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management.

After leaving San Diego Golf Academy, You got a job at the Super Golf Range in Houston, then became general manager at Pine Crest Golf Club.

You has certifications in club repair, teaching and tournament operations, with related course work in golf fundamentals, club fitting, short game, methods of teaching, advanced teaching, tournament planning, marketing and golf facilities management.

“We think James will bring a fresh outlook to Belle Oaks and the direction we plan on taking the course,” said Brad Bengston, VP of Marketing/Operations for the Port Arthur Renaissance Group.

One of You’s first projects at Belle Oaks was much-needed bunker work. Golfers who played out there last weekend probably sand him digging up traps.

CHIP SHOTS: Mike Johnson of Bridge City authored the first reported hole-in-one of 2014 in Southeast Texas on Jan. 5. Johnson, using a 3 hybrid, sank his tee shot on the 143-yard, 2nd hole at Babe Zaharias. It was Johnson’s first ace. Witnesses were Andy Meshwerth and Kirk Roccaforte . . . Bill Taylor of Taylor Landing recorded a rare eagle 2 on the tough, par 4, 4th hole at Belle Oaks. Taylor holed his second shot from 182-yards with a 5-wood. The shot was witnessed by Rufus Mier, Raymond Rice and Major Rising . . . Here’s how fine the line is between a decent week and a good week on the PGA Tour. Chris Stroud, after being a stroke off the lead midway through the third round of the Sony Open, settled for a T20 and a $54,818 check. One shot less and he’d have bagged a third top 10 in the wraparound 2014 season and a $119,000 payoff. Two less and it’s T7 and $187,600. Stroud’s downfall was the way he scored on the short, par 5, 18th hole at Waialae Country Club. On the hole that played second easiest over 72 holes, Chris went bogey-par on the weekend and was only one under in four tries. He’ll be back in action this week at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta Calif . . . Another Lamar University ex, Dawie Van der Walt, let some big money slip through his fingers in the final round of the European Tour’s high dollar Volvo Championships Van der Walt, who was T10 entering the final round, closed with a 78 and skidded to a T33 that was worth $43,000 . . . Dennis Walsh will soon be getting some national publicity on the United States Golf Association’s website — Walsh, who won the 1979 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, has been contacted by the USGA’s David Shefter for his recall of the 1979 event and for his thoughts on the USGA retiring the Public Links as one of its championships after this season. Dennis, as evidenced by a piece on that subject done in this column last February, has some strong thoughts on the elimination of the Public Links Championship . . .  Jim Brown, with plus 9, won the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks Golf Club. Major Rising was second at plus 6 and Twyman Ash third at plus 5. Brown also won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Paul Flores, Bill Hammond, Ivory Hatch and Pete Reobroi winning the front in minus 3. The back finished in a tie at plus 1 between the team of Rick Brunner, Bill Draughon, Charlie Leard and Gene Hardy and the foursome of Chris Forster, Cecil Norris, Glen Marino and Don Duplan . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four person scramble. Finishing first at minus 12 was the team of Earl Richard, Larry Foster, Bob Barnes and Gene Hardy. There was a tie for second at minus 10 between the team of Rick Pritchett, Harry Green, Joe Cormier and Harold Wilkinson and the foursome of David English, Dillard Darbonne, Ron Sciarilla and Larry Rogers. Closest to the pin winners were Richard (No. 2), L.J. Hardy (No. 7), Stedman Tahaney (No. 12) and Larry Stansbury (No. 15) . . . Opening event on The Winter Tour, co-sponsored by the Southeast Texas Junior Golf Tour and The First Tee of the Golden Triangle, is set for Saturday at Babe Zaharias. Players can sign up by going to or by calling Ed Campbell at 722-8286. Entry fee is $20. The Winter Tour offers flights for 7-9 Co-ed (6 holes modified tees), 10-11 Co-ed (9 holes red tees), boys and girls 12-13, boys and girls 14-15 and boys and girls 16-18.

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