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Bob West

September 4, 2012

West golf notepad: Adams Tour puts locals together

PORT ARTHUR — Adams Tour puts locals together        

    Those inclined to check out the area talent in the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Beaumont Open won’t have to bounce around from hole to hole. The Adams Tour, tearing a page out of the PGA Tour and USGA pairings playbook, have put the top local attractions together for the first two rounds of the 72-hole tourney that starts today at Beaumont Country Club. Andrew Landry (PN-G, Lamar, Arkansas), Michael Arnaud (West Orange-Stark) and Anthony Broussard (Kelly, North Texas) go off No. 1 tee at 12:50 p.m. today and No. 10 at 8:40 on Thursday. Also paired together are Lamar exes Le Roux Ferreira, Hughes Joannes and Casey Clendenon at 8:50 a.m. today on No. 1 and 1 p.m. Thursday on No. 10. A total of 101 players are entered, including 2011 champ Cole Howard (16-under 268), David Gossett, who won the PGA Tour’s 2001 John Deere Classic and this year’s leading money winner Brian Rowell, another  former winner in Beaumont . . .  Of the locals on the Adams Tour, Arnaud is having the best season. He’s won once, is No. 2 on the money list with $31,485.25 and is coming off a second place finish in the most recent event three weeks ago in Abilene. Landry ranks No. 14 on the money list at $14,855.58 . . . Lamar ex Dawie van der Walt continued to close in on earning a PGA Tour card for 2013 with a T7 at the Tour’s Mylan Classic in Cannonsburg, Pa. last weekend. Van der Walt, who finished with an 11-under-par 273, is now up to No. 30 on the money list. He has six tournaments plus the Oct. 25-28 Tour Championship at Craig Ranch in McKinney to move into the top 25 and earn his PGA Tour card. Another former Cardinal, Shawn Stefani, closed with a 66 last week, tied for 22nd and stands No. 15 on the money list . . . The team of Larry Thompson, Steve Wisenbaker, John Bass and Harold Wilkinson finished 15&1 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Tied for second was the team of Jim Jordan, Larry Johnson, Jack Anderson and Steve Childree (14&4) and the foursome of Price Youngs, David English, Jim Smith and Richard Sibley. Closest to the pin winners were Smith (No. 2), Billy Thillet (No. 7), Bass (No. 12) and Earl Richard (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Roy Martinez, Charles Leard, Ted Estes and Gene Noble winning the front in minus 1. On the back there was a tie at minus 2 between the Martinez team and the team of Adam Noel, Jim Cooper, Charles Huckaby and Robert Lynch. Closest to the pin winners were Raymond Darbonne (No. 2), Huckaby (No. 7), Noble (No. 12) and David Semple (No. 15) . . . Mike Hebert and Rufus Mier finished plus 2 to tie for first in  the Monday Senior Game at Babe Zaharias. Ed Boone was third at plus 1. Ralph Childress was the closest to the pin winner on No. 8 . . . In the Friday Senior Game at Babe Zaharias, Boone won with plus 7. Norm Shannon was second at plus 6. Shannon (No. 8) and Gene Jones (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Patch was played in a 2-ball format and the team of Richard McClelland, Gerald Huebel, Vin Oliva and Terry Johnson pulled off a sweep. They won the front in minus 5 and the back in minus 6 . . .  The Shell Houston Open will continue to be played at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course through at least 2017. Former Port Arthur News sports staffer Burt Darden, the Communications Director for the Houston Golf Association, made the announcement in a press release stating that a five-year contract extension has been signed. The SHO, for next year only, will be played two weeks before the Masters, instead of the week prior.  The SHO has been held at the Redstone Tournament Course since 2006. From 2003 to 2006, it was played at The Redstone Member Course . . . The 3rd Annual Olympic Dreams Scramble, which was rained out of its original date on Aug. 25, will be played Saturday at Belle Oaks, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the event, used to raise money for a basketball wheelchair for Nederland’s Kyle Huckaby the past two years, are targeted to help Huckaby in his quest in wheelchair hockey . . . Lamar women’s basketball coach Larry Tidwell, men’s basketball coach Pat Knight and baseball coach Jim Gilligan are teaming for a Fear The Bird Academic Excellence Scramble Sept. 24 at Beaumont Country Club. Shotgun starts are planned for 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with an entry fee of $125 per player. All fees, lunch and tournament gifts are include. Proceeds from the event help pay the costs for Lamar basketball and baseball athletes to attend summer school. Anyone interested in participating or being a sponsor should contact Cindy Hall at 880-8301 or e-mailing CYNTHIA.HALL@LAMAR.EDU.

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