, Port Arthur, Texas


May 15, 2012

West golf notepad: Mother's Day visit leads to ace for Denefield

PORT ARTHUR — Mother’s Day will forever hold special memories for Timothy Denefield of Kileen. While in Beaumont to visit his mother-in-law, Doris Crawford of Beaumont, Denefield was able to work in a Sunday round of golf at Babe Zaharias. And that led to his third hole-in-one. A disabled army veteran who works at Fort Hood,  Denefield sank a 3-iron from 177 yards for ace No. 3. His playing companions were cousin Thomas Hall, Josh Stenson and Clarence Allen.  Denefield,  who went on to shoot 77 from the blue tees, said he hit a low hook into what was a  two club wind and didn’t see the ball go into the cup. “We looked behind the green for a while and couldn’t find it, so I said ‘go look in the hole.’ And there it was.”  . . . Chris Stroud, after missing the cut in his last two starts, is skipping this week’s Byron Nelson Classic. Stroud, who is now No. 57 on the money list at $719,169, and No. 60 in Fed Ex points, plans to return to the tour next week at the Colonial in Fort Worth . . . PN-G freshman Braden Bailey fired a under-par 70 at Babe Zaharias Saturday to win The First Tee of the Golden Triangle Junior Players Championship by one stroke over Indian teammate Tyler Rawson. Other flight winners were Thaine Tillie (78 in Boys 14-16), Oxy Benites (105 in Girls 14-16), Peyton Weems (87 in Boys 12-13), Jack Burke (39 in Boys 10-11, 9 holes) and Chandler Green (30 in Boys 7-9, 6 holes). In a noteworthy sidebar to the tournament, Felicia Sauceda competed in the Boys 17-18 division, played from the men’s tees and placed fifth with an 84 . . .  By virtue of their low gross scores in the recent First Tee Junior Masters at The Patch, and the Junior Players Championship, Bailey, Brandon Soileau, Sauceda and Shelbi Vincent have qualified for the USSSA Swashbuckler Championship May 26-27 at the National Golf Club of Louisiana . . . Finalists have been announced for the Second Annual First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golfer of the Year Awards. Boys Player of the Year Finalists are Max Anderson of West Brook, Jarrod Brown of PN-G and James Walker of LC-M. Girls finalists are Brooke Brasseaux of LC-M, Alison Davis of Silsbee and Nederland’s Sauceda. Finalists for the Boys Leadership Award are PN-G’s Bailey, Jeff Rountree of Lumberton, Thaine Tillie of Nederland, LC-M’s Walker and Corbin Cormier of Kelly. Girls Leadership finalists are Jessi Barton of Lumberton, LC-M’s Brasseaux, Silsbee’s Davis, Kathleen Thompson of Kelly and Sauceda . . . Dennis Frazier of Hamshire scored an eagle 2 on the par 4, 17th at Babe Zaharias. Frazier holed an 8-iron from 113 yards. The shot was witnessed by Gene Hardy, Jesse Evans and Orland Defrates . . . Tom Terrell of Nederland also authored an eagle on a 4 par at Zaharias, sinking a pitching wedge from 100 yards on the 6th hole. Witnesses were Cody Metts, Bryan Grant and Paul Brown . . . The Brock team of Randy Adcock, Randy Kiziar, Max Fairchild and John Cracknell combined for a 52 to win the Shane Isom Memorial Scramble at Bay Din. Specialty winners included Forrest Lauhner (A.M. sweet spot challenge), Nile Bolen (A.M. closest to the pin on No. 17), Todd Ross (A.M. long drive, men) and Mary Nell Renteria (A.M. long drive, women). Other winners were Brandon Spell (P.M. sweet spot challenge), Denise Gehab (P.M. closest to the pin on No. 17), Jimbo Buchanon (P.M. closest to the pin on No. 7), Jerry Nathan (P.M. long drive, men) and Denise Gehab (P.M. long drive, women) . . . The team of Cody Metts, Brian Grant, Tom Terrell and Paul Brown finished 21&8 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second at 17&5 was the foursome of John Jeffrey, David Arnaud, Bob Moore and Chris Hebert. Closest to the pin winners were Adam Noel (No. 2, No. 7), Tom Lawton (No. 12) and Eddie Delk (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-man scramble format. Tying for first at minus 12 was the team of Larry Stansbury, Allen Suire, Paul Duplantis and Paul Bourgeois and the foursome of Rick Pritchett, Dickie Robinson, Mark Petry and Ned Cole. Closest to the pin winners were Dennis Frazier (No. 2), B. Jones (No. 7), Cole (No. 12) and Lee Bertrand (No. 15) . . . The Patch Senior 50 plus game was played in a two-ball format. Winning the front in minus 9 was the team of Bob Briggs, Greg Morgan, Wes McGuire, John Fong and Bill Avery. On the back, the team of Randy Monk, Tommy Prejean, Don MacNeil, Carl Certa and Benny Epperson won in minus 7 . . . In the May 2, Patch Senior 50 Plus Game, the team of Larry Morris, Cap Hollier, MiMi Rose and Bob Barnes tied for first with the team of Richard Briggs, Wadsworth Thompson, Pat Waite and Wes McGuire. Both teams finished minus 5. The back was won by the Briggs team at minus 6. In the May 9 . . . Ron Somerville piled up 14 points to run away with the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Norm Shannon was second at plus 5 and Bill Worsham was third at plus three. Worsham was the closest to the pin winner on No. 8.

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