, Port Arthur, Texas

August 20, 2013

West golf notepad: Three more golfers score aces

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Aces were wild across Southeast Texas in the past week, as three golfers got the opportunity to celebrate a hole-in-one. Gary Fontenot of Bridge City bagged his ace Monday at Babe Zaharias, while playing in the Senior 50 Plus Game. Fontenot swung an 8-iron on the 128-yard, 2nd hole for his first ever hole-in-one. The shot was witnessed by Larry Thompson, Gary Wagner and Allen Suire. Monroe Pratt of Nederland also picked on No. 2 at Zaharias, using a 7-iron from 151 yards. It was also his first ace. Witnesses were Cody Metts, Bubba Brevell and Kyle Keith. Billy Rowles of Buna joined the hole-in-one fraternity at Bayou Din. Rowles used a 4-iron to sink his tee shot from158 yards on No. 8 on the Links Course. Stan Sampson, Harold Lacy and Sydney Burge were the witnesses . . . Chris Stroud faded after a sizzling first round in last week’s Wyndam Championship finishing T41 and winning $22,260. Stroud, however, enters the first week of Fed Ex Cup playoffs in terrific shape. He’s 47th in the point standings out of 125 in the field, with 800 points. That guarantees he’ll make it to next week’s second round and virtually guarantees he’ll advance to round three. Based on average points from the past five years, it takes 807 points to play in the third round. Stroud’s goal, however, is to be in the top 30 and reach the Tour Championship in week four. He’ll need roughly 1,556 points to do that, so it’s imperative he finish high enough each week to add significant points. Because points are worth five times in Fed Ex Cup play versus the regular season, players can make big moves either way with a good showing or a poor performance. Stroud, by the way, will be one of the first players out Thursday at Liberty National. He’ll be on No. 1 tee at 6:43 a.m., in a threesome with David Lingmerth and Ryan Palmer . . . PN-G’s Brandon Soileau set the pace for area players in last week’s Southern Texas PGA Tour Championship played over the Traditions Course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring. Soileau posted a 36-hole score of 151 (73-78) to finish T6 in Boys 16-18. Also in Boys 16-18 Jarrod Brown of Groves finished T14 with a 155, Thaine Tillie of Nederland was 18th at 157 and Cameron Duhon of Ornage was 35th with 166. In Boys 13-15, Vidor’s Drake Dodson was 9th with 159, Lumberton’s Seth Morgan 14th at 162 and Michael Krautz T26 at 169. In Boys 10-12, Colin Todora of Port Arthur finished 6th with 171, while Lauren Cox of Orange came in T9 in Girls 13-15. In the Little Linksters portion of the event, Orange’s Jack Burke was T3 in Boys 10-12, red division with a 76 and Collin Lietzke was T52 with 102 . . . PN-G’s Braden Bailey rebounded with a 73 Tuesday after an opening 76 on Monday in the Legends Junior Tour’s George Hannon Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. His 149 left him tied for 19th . . . Major Rising finished plus 3 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Raymond Rice, Barry Jackson and Bill Taylor all tied for second at plus 1. Rising was the closest to the hole winner on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Rufus Mier won with plus 5. Jackson was second at plus 3 and Ralph Childress third with plus 2. Norm Shannon won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a two-ball format. There was a tie on the front at minus 6 between the team of Butch Pittman, Larry Johnson, Mimi Rose and Pete Reobroi and the foursome of Benny Sharpe, R. Darbonne, Gary Anderson and D. Byerly. The back was won with minus 6 by the team of Jim Mercer, Jack Calhoun, Tommy Lemire and Jesse Smothers . . .The Senior Game was played in a 9/9 best ball/scramble format. The duo of Jim Jordan-Ron Mistrot won 1st flight with a 67, topping Raymond Darbonne-Roger Baumer by two strokes. In 2nd Flight, E.T. Robicheaux-Keith Rochau came out on top with a 69, finishing three shots clear of Charlie Huckaby-Gary Anderson. Third Flight wound up in a tie at 74 between Larry Rogers-Bob Moore and Stedman Tahaney-Joey Benoit. Closest to the pin winners were Robicheaux (No.2), Bob Byerly (No. 7), Darbonne (No. 12) and Gene Hardy (No. 15). The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front, the team of Raymond Darbonne, Larry Johnson, Charles Leard and Gene Noble  posted minus 4, as did the foursome of Rick Brunner, Bill Hanley, Rick Melancon and Dan Flood. The back was won outright at minus 7 by the team of Jim Jordan, Rick Pritchett, Lowell Benoit and Cole Lee .  . . The Tyrrell Park Junior Golfers Reunion is set for Sept. 13-15 and is open to any golfer who played as a junior or Lamar golfer at Tyrrell Park between 1942 and 1982. Those are the years Henry Homberg was head pro. Festivities kick off with a reception Friday night at Idylwild Golf Club. That’s followed by 18 holes of golf and a banquet Saturday at Idylwild and 18 holes Sunday at Henry Homberg Municipal. The fee is $175 for golf and the social events or $85 for social events only. Call 753-2521 for more information . . . Bryan Jackson, who is heading up getting The Palms at Pleasure Island back in playing condition, has a unique request. There’s lot of hay on the golf course that needs to be either wind rowed or bailed and taken away. Anybody who is interested should contact Jackson at 549-6500.

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