, Port Arthur, Texas

February 12, 2013

West golf notepad: PN-G's Bailey celebrates sweet 16 with victory

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey gave himself an early birthday present over the weekend, shooting rounds of 73-70 for a one-over-par 143 that was good for medalist honors in a strong schoolboy field Magnolia Shootout at High Meadow Ranch. Bailey, who turned 16 on Monday, won by three shots over Fernando Cruz of The Woodlands and helped the Indians to second place in the team competition with a 36-hole total of 612. Other PN-G scores were Lonnie LaBove’s 153 (74-79), Jarrod Brown’s 157 (79-78) and Tyler Rawson’s 159 (79-80).  The Woodlands, which is ranked No. 2 in 5A, won with a 591 total. Three players from The Woodlands finished in the top 4 individual scores. Bryan was third in team competition with a 620, followed by The Woodlands No. 2 at 624 . . .  James Walker of Orange took advantage of the PN-G golf team playing in Houston and won Boys 16-18 in The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Southeast Texas Junior Winter Tour stop at Henry Homberg golf club with a 73 (39-34). Walker won by six shots over Jorge Alvarado of Hamshire. Other flight winners were Josh Elmore of Port Arthur (88 in boys 14-15), Karlei Hemler of Groves (78 in Girls 16-18), Peyton Weems of Lumberton (87 in Boys 12-13), Jack Burke of Orange (41 in Boys 10-11, 9 holes) and Micah DePew of Kountze (37 in Boys 7-9, 6 hole modified). DePew needed a putt off to top Will VanPelt of Nederland, who also shot 37 . . . Orange’s Michael Arnaud ate up the Panther Trail course at The Woodlands with rounds of 66-64 to win last week’s Adams Pro Golf Tour Winter Series tournament with a 14-under-par 130. The victory paid Arnaud $4,450 and moved him to No. 5 on the winter money list at $8,116.50. PN-G ex Andrew Landry finished T7, collected $1,138.33 and is No. 6 on the money list at $7,812.91 . . . Former Lamar University quarterback Glen Hill, who now lives in Brownwood, made a Super Bowl weekend trip to Las Vegas pay off with his second hole in one. Hill aced the 183-yard, 7th hole at Spanish Trails with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Jack Bryant and Paul Sudduth . . . Biggest golf news of the past week in the Houston area was word that world No. 1 Rory McIlory has committed to play in the March 28-31 Shell Houston Open. It will be McIlroy’s third time to play in Houston but first since he became No. 1. Phil Mickelson, who won in Houston in 2011, isn’t official yet but he’s also expected to play and, because the tournament is two weeks before the Masters, there’s an outside chance Tiger Woods will enter. Looks like the SHO is not going to suffer too much from being moved off its favored  date the week before the Masters . . . Once again rain and wet conditions limited golf results from around Southeast Texas. Mike Hebert finished plus 7 to win the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Ron Somerville and Joe Vanderweg tied for second at plus 3. Vanderweg won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-person scramble format and ended in a two-way tie. The team of Earl Richard, Larry Foster, Maurice Ross and Larry Vicknair finished minus 9 as did the foursome of Dillard Darbonne, Raymond Darbonne, Bill Jones and Paul Bourgeois. Third at minus eight was the team of Bill Hanley, Butch Landry, Charles Leard and Jim Thompson. Closest to the pin winners were Harrell Guidry (No. 2), Rick Pritchett (No. 7), Raymond Darbonne (No. 12) and Richard No. 15 . . . Elsewhere on this page is the list of area tournaments for 2013. If you are aware of a tournament that is not listed, e-mail me at or phone me at 721-2432. In the final Golf Plus of each month, we’ll run the tournaments for the following month. Many thanks to Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell for getting the master schedule assembled.

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