, Port Arthur, Texas


November 27, 2012

West golf notepad: Wayward shots can be dangerous

PORT ARTHUR — As anyone who owns a home adjacent to a golf course knows, stray golf balls are an ongoing hazard. Just ask anybody living along the 16th or 17 holes at Babe Zaharias, or the many homeowners with abodes bordering the course at Brentwood Country Club.

    Most of those folks, however, don’t shoot at a golfer coming into their yard looking for a stray tee shot. Even if said shot may have done some damage, like breaking a window. Some may post signs to keep out, but that’s about as far as it goes.

     Jeff Fleming of Reno,  Nev., meanwhile, seems to be the exception to the rule. Fleming was so ticked off recently when an unnamed golfer in Reno, Nev., launched a shot from the 16th tee that shattered a window, he responded by firing at the guy twice with a shotgun.

     According to an Associated Press report, the golfer was hit but suffered only minor injuries in the arm and leg. Fleming, whose aim was apparently as bad as the golfer’s, wound up getting arrested on felony charges of battery and assault with a deadly weapon. He had to post $40,000 bail to be released.

    The wounded golfer apparently didn’t realize that his shot on the 16th hole of Lakeridge Golf Course had shattered a window in Fleming’s home. He wandered into Fleming’s yard looking for his ball and the next thing he knew he was staring down the barrel of a shotgun.

    “The neighbors were shaking their heads, and we were shaking our heads, and no one could put rhyme or reason to the shooting,” Lt. Keith Brown of the Reno police department was quoted as saying. “I’ve been an officer for 25 years, and if you’re here long enough, I guess you’ve seen everything.”

    Remember that the next time you slice a shot into someone’s yard.

    CHIP SHOTS: On a slow week for golf news, Bobby Duhon of Port Neches authored the most significant accomplishment. Duhon fired his lowest ever round of 71 (32-39) at Babe Zaharias. David Cardere and Pepper Gross were the witnesses . . . Joe Vanderweg of Nederland also posted his best ever round at Belle Oaks, shooting an 80 that helped him win the Friday Seniors event with plus 8. Ron Somerville was second at plus 3 and Gene Jones third at plus 1. Vanderweg, whose all-time low is a 73 at Iron Oaks, nearly bested  the 80 on Sunday at Belle Oaks, but signed off with an 81 after making double bogeys at 15 and 18 . . . Bill Worsham finished plus 8 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Bill Taylor was second at plus 6 and Ed Boone and Dennis Neef tied for third at plus 3. Neef won closest to the pin on No. 15 .  . . The team of Dennis Walsh, Ron Theriot, Itchy Hreig and Benny Epperson won the front 9 with minus 4 and finished in a three-way tie on the back in The Patch Senior 50 Plus game. Also finishing minus 4 on the back was the team of Larry Stansberry, R.C. Russell, Tommy Lemire and Allen Suire and the foursome of Richard McClelland, Gerald Huebel, Mike Simon and Don MacNeil . . . There was a two-way tie for first in the Babe Zaharias DogFight between the team of Larry Thompson, Hilario Padia, Duy Nguyen and Steve Childree (17&5) and the foursome of Drake Romero, Butch Cross, Billy Thillet and Ron Overstreet. Tying for third at 16&4 was the team of Buddy Sepeda, Rick Pritchett, Lowell Benoit and Charlie Huckaby and the team of Cody Metts, Butch Landry and Dillard Darbonne. Closest to the pin winners were Huckaby (No. 2), Steven Picou (No. 7), Romero (No. 12) and Cole Lee (No. 15) . . . In the Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias, played in a best 2 ball format, the team of Thad Borne, Steve Picou and Bob Moore won the front with minus 3. On the back, minus 5 won for the team of Larry Padia, Gene Rountree, Richard Sibley and Cody Almand.

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