, Port Arthur, Texas

May 7, 2013

West golf notepad: Belle Oaks pro Bryan Jackson battling cancer again

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — As many in the golf community know, the breast cancer Belle Oaks pro Bryan Jackson fought off a few years ago is back with a vengeance. With cancer detected in his diaphragm, T8 vertebrae and sixth rib, Jackson is about to start an extensive round of radiation treatment and chemotherapy. He’ll be taking hormone blocking injections, 14 pills a day, facing a loss of muscle and bone destiny and dealing with major side effects. Bryan’s a fighter, and he’s got the mentality that he can beat the beast again, but he needs everybody’s prayers. He’s also going to need some financial help. Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell is in the early stages of planning a third fund-raising tournament on Jackson’s behalf, with the date yet to be determined. Please play  in it or donate something to it, if at all possible . . . Gary Billington of Bridge City scored a hole in one Sunday at Bayou Din. Billington got the ace using a 7 iron on the 147-yard, 7th hole on the Bayou Front. Witnesses were Mike Barclay, Rick Barclay and Byron Barclay . . . Richard Sibley of Nederland bagged an eagle on the par 4, 6th hole at Babe Zaharias. Sibley sank an 8-iron from 65 yards out. Alan Suire, Bill Hammond and Cap Hollier witnessed the shot . . . Congratulations are in order for PN-G senior Jarrod Brown, who played a big role in helping the Indians reach back-to-back 4A state tournaments. Brown, a star in the classroom as well as the golf course, will get to continue playing the game he loves at Mary Hardin Baylor. MHB has given  Brown, the winner of the 2012 Babe Zaharias Award as the area’s male player of the year, an Honor scholarship, a Leadership scholarship, a Crusader scholarship and a Founders Scholarship. Guess that explains why he’s in the National Honor Society, has been Academic All-District since his freshman year and made first team Academic Golf All-State.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more impressed with the composure of a young golfer than I was with Jarrod when he rebounded from a bogey, double bogey, triple bogey start in the final round of the state tournament to shoot 74 . . . Karlei Hemler, who looks like she’s going to be the area’s dominant female player for the next few years, recently won medalist honors in the USSSA Junior High School Championship in Youngsville, La. Hemler, an 8th grader, shot an 83 on a par 74 course. She will be a freshman at PN-G next year . . . The Dominos Pizza team of Randy Brown, Kerry Lamb, Randy Harrison and Jared Landry shot a 55 to win the morning portion of the 22nd annual Motiva Golden Golf Scramble at Belle Oaks.  In the afternoon, the Double E Industrial team of Oscar Snider, Scott Deserano, Larry Yeates and Brian Olsen won with a 56. Morning closest to the pin winners were Donnie Little (No. 3), Reggie Handly (No. 8) and Mark Kirby (No. 12). Jeremiah Johnson took the long drive prize on No. 7. Afternoon closest to the pin winners were Ron Hansen (No. 3), Mike Renick (No. 8) and Chris Swanson (No. 12). Luther Martin belted the long drive on No. 7 . . . The team of Craig Fontenot, Ivory Hatch, Guy Barker and Richard Sibley piled up 41 points to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second with 39 points was the foursome of Kenneth Belaire, Dwayne Morvant, Steve Wisenbaker and Dave Sturgal. Closest to the pin winners were Joe Gongora (No. 2), Belaire (No. 7, No. 15 ) and Bryan Grant (No. 12) . . . The Thursday Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-person scramble format. On the front, the team of Jim Jordan, Gene Jordan, Orland Defrates and Dwight Duck won with minus 9. The back was won in minus 8 by the foursome of Mariano Nassar, Bill Fears, Bob Frazier and Joe Benoit. Closest to the pin winners were Dick Robinson (No. 2, No. 7), Duck (No. 12) and Gene Noble (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias Monday Senior 50 Plus Game was played in a 2 ball format. The team of Jim Mercer, Jack Calhoun, Jim Cooper and Arvie Young prevailed on the front in minus 8. On the back, the team of Dennis Walsh, Ron Theriot, Bud Auffurth and Mimi Rose won with minus 4 . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was also played in a two ball format. Winning on the front with minus 5 was the team of Jim Jordan, Rick Pritchett, Cole Lee and Larry Vicknair. The back went to the threesome of Larry Padia, Adam Noel and Ryan Thompson. They finished minus 3 . . . Bill Worsham and Twyman Ash tied for first in the Monday Senior at Belle Oaks with plus 5. Major Rising was third at plus 1. Barry Jackson was closest to the pin on No. 8.

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