, Port Arthur, Texas

November 19, 2013

West golf notepad: Hanley bags 13th ace at Babe Zaharias

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Look out Mancil Davis, aka the King of Aces, Bill Hanley is gaining on your. Hanley, who lives in Beaumont, staked his claim as the hole-in-one king of Southeast Texas by sinking his 13th ace Nov. 14 at Babe Zaharias. Hanley, used a 9-iron on the 118-yard, 2nd hole. The shot was witnessed by Bill Fears. If anyone reading this knows of an area golfer with more than 13 aces, please contact me at the e-mail address at the bottom of this column . . . Cincinnati Reds slugger Jay Bruce hosted a benefit scramble for the Arc of Greater Beaumont on Saturday at Bayou Din. Winning team with a 52 consisted of Chris Waldrup, Alan Mason, Justin Pratt and Mike Sanchez. Second with a 54 was the foursome of Chris Davis, Brian Adams, Rick Adams and Russell Helson . . . Ralf Barbaso of Port Arthur shot an even par 72 in windy conditions at Belle Oaks Saturday to win Boys 16-18 in the First Tee of The Golden Triangle Southeast Texas Fall Finish tournament. Bryant Hardy of Port Neches was four back with a 76. Other winners were Karlei Hemler of Port Neches (80 in Girls 16-18), Josh Elmore of Port Neches (80 in Boys 14-15), Jack Burke of Orange (73 in Boys 12-13), Kelsey Dukes of Port Neches (61 in Girls 12-13, 9 holes) and Micah Depew of Beaumont (48 in Boys 9 and under, 9 holes) . . . PN-G standout Braden Bailey will be playing for the South Team in the Legends Junior Tour’s 9th Annual Jackie Burke Cup Saturday and Sunday at the Traditions Club in College Station. The event is played in a Ryder Cup format, pitting 12 of the top junior golfers from Southern Texas against 12 of the best juniors from the Northern Texas, with Salado the dividing line. There will be 18-hole foursomes matches and 18-hole four ball stroke play matches on Saturday, then 18-hole singles matches on Sunday. Bailey earned a spot on the team by winning the Legend Tour’s Texas Cup Invitational two weeks ago in Fort Worth . The team of Craig Fontenot, Roger Koch, Rodney Christman and David Sturgal won the Bayou Din Dogfight with 19 points. Second was the team of Steve Picou, Alan Louviere, Pete Reobroi and Charles Huckaby. Closest to the pin winners were Louviere (No. 2), Sturgal (No. 7) and Koch (No. 11) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 9/9 scramble, best ball format. The team of Bill Hanley-Bill Fears won First Flight with a 69, finishing three shots clear of Rick Pritchett-Don MacNeil and Larry Foster-Harrell Guidry. In Second Flight, Harold Wilkinson-Bob Lloyd won with 71. Tying for second at 74 was the team of Cap Hollier-Joe Benoit and the duo of Paul Duplantis-Ron Overstreet . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a best two ball format. On the front nine, the team of Tony Trevino, Cecil Norris, Bill Avery and Pete Reobroi won with minus 6. On the back, there was a tie at minus 3 between the team of Jim Jordan, Larry Johnson, John House and Larry Rogers and the foursome of Jim Mercer, Ed Hetzel, Cap Hollier and Marc Petry . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a two ball format. The team of Tony Trevino, Gerald Huebel, Don MacNeil and Ron Scrillia won the front with minus 6 and the back with minus 7 . . . Joe Vanderweg and Major Rising tied for first at plus 5 in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Ed Boone was third at plus 2. Bill Worsham was closest to the pin winner on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Twyman Ash won with plus 3. Jim Brown was second at plus 2. Rufus Mier won closest to the pin on No. 8 . . . Golfers interested in playing Gray Plantation in Lake Charles or The National Golf Club of Louisiana in Westlake should give me a call at 721-2432. I’ve got a certificate for four, carts included, at each course for only $100. The certificates have to be used by Dec. 31

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