, Port Arthur, Texas


October 23, 2012

West golf notepad: Three area players celebrate aces

PORT ARTHUR — Aces were in vogue last week as three area players — Walt Moore, Mike McCoy and Hilario Padia — saw their tee shots end up in the cup. Moore, from Port Neches, sank a 7-iron on the 146-yard, 11th at Bayou Din for his first ever ace. The shot was witnessed by Andy and Jason Meshwert. McCoy, who lives in Beaumont, used a robust pitching wedge from 149-yards on No. 7 on the Bayou Front at Bayou Din to record his sixth hole-in-one. Duke Reyes was the witness. Padia, from Beaumont, recorded his ace while playing in the Senior Game at Babe Zaharias. He swung an 8-iron on the 120-yard, 7th. The shot was witnessed by Mark Petry, Charles Leard and Art Miller . . . J.R. Humble, a Beaumont police officer who lives in Lumberton, didn’t make a hole in one, but he did author the week’s most amazing golf feat. Humble, playing in the Bayou Din DogFight, fired a blistering 10-under-par round of 61. He rolled in 11 birdies and carded only a lone bogey. Watching the feat up close were playing partners Mark O’Grady, Billy Thillet and Billy Mack . . . PN-G and Lamar ex Chris Stroud is mired in the worst slump of his PGA career. After winning $832,236 in the first five months of 2012, and climbing to 57th on the money list, Stroud has made the cut in only 5 of 13 events, and missed the last four in a row. Since June 1, his winnings have totaled only $60,994 and he’s tumbled to No. 103 in money. The final event of the year is next week at Disney World and it would seem to be all important from a confidence standpoint for Chris to at least play well enough to make the cut. A positive sign is that he shot 68 in his final round  last week at Sea Island, Ga., and missed the cut by only one shot . . . The Tour Championship is Thursday through Sunday at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney and two Lamar exes have a chance to make a statement. Shawn Stefani, who is No. 5 on the money list and has already locked up a PGA Tour card for 2013, has a chance to win the money title. But he’ll likely need to win the tournament to do so. Dawie van der Walt, meanwhile, is No. 35 on the money list and needs to jump 10 spots to earn his PGA card . . . Former Port Arthur Lincoln great Little Joe Washington, Orange’s R.C. Slocum and Beaumonter Jerry LeVias head up an impressive list of celebrity names for the 2012 Gridiron Legends fund-raising tourney at The Woodlands Tournament Course on Nov. 5. Among other Texas Gridiron Legends participating are Dan Pastorini, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Don Trull and Spike Dykes. Other celebrities include Phil Garner, Alan Ashby and Calvin Murphy. A few individual spots remain at $375 per player. The entry fee includes being paired with a Gridiron Legend, breakfast, lunch, beverages on the course, a buffet dinner and a goodie bag. A shotgun start is set for 10 a.m. To enter, call Stephanie Weaver at 832-667-2014 . . . The foursome of Cricket Owen, Adam Noel, Clay Lewis and Caylon Walker finished 20&10 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight.  Second at 17&5 was the team of Cody Mets, Mark Petry, Curtis Harrington and Harry Green. Closest to the pin winners were Buddy Sepada (No. 2, No. 15), Petry (No. 7) and Butch Landry (No. 12). . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a team points format, with the foursome of Tony Trevino, Roger Baumer, Paul Kimble and Ted Estes winning with plus 10. Second place at plus 6 went to the team of Jim Jordan, Rob Overstreet, Ken Fabre and John Overland. Closest to the pin winners were Joe Benoit (No. 2), Hilaro Padia (ace on No. 7), Harrell Guidry (No. 12) and Jordan (No. 15) . . .The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Patch was played in a 2 ball format. Winning the front in minus 9 was the team of Richard Briggs, Tommy Prejean, Terry Johnson and Wayne Roccaforte. On the back, the foursome of Jimmy Fetters, Bill Draughon, L. Johnson and Harry Sport won with minus 10 . . . Bill Worsham finished plus 7 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Rufus Mier was second at plus 5 and Barry Jackson third at plus 4. Joe Vanderweg won closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Senior Game at Belle Oaks Bill Taylor and Mier tied for first at plus 4. Gene Jones and Glen LeBlanc tied for third at plus 2. Jackson was closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . Wildwood’s planned Double Nickel Seniors Invitational scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to a lack of entries, and I have to say I’m shocked. The first of its kind event in Southeast Texas was to be a two-man best ball geared to seniors 55 and over. The entry fee was only $50 a player. Chairmen Bill Pierce and Mike Goodwin had gone to great lengths to make the Double Nickel  a fun but also competitive event with lots of good prizes and the long-range plan of expanding the tourney to two days. Unfortunately, only 15 teams were entered when they were forced to pull the plug. I’d welcome input on why a tourney like this didn’t attract more interest. Pierce says Wildwood may try to reschedule for an early spring date.

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