, Port Arthur, Texas


June 3, 2014

West golf notepad: Summer tourney schedule awaits juniors

PORT ARTHUR —     CHIP SHOTS: The First Tee of the Golden Triangle Executive Director Jerry Honza wants to remind all junior players that the summer Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour starts heating up in June. Upcoming are a June 9 tourney at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange and the Bruce Lietzke Classic June 16-17 at Idylwild Golf Club. Lietzke will once again return for the event and, as usual, stage clinics for junior players. To register for any of the summer tournaments, go to Honza is also interested in starting a junior golf league for kids ages 8-13. For more information on a relatively new concept in junior golf, go to, call Honza at 543-6364 or e-mail him at . . . It was a bad week for area PGA Tour favorite Chris Stroud in Columbus, Ohio. After shooting 74-68-74-76 to   finish near the bottom of those who made the cut in Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, Stroud carded a 73 in his opening round of U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at nearby Scioto Country Club, played a few holes in the afternoon round at Brookside Country Club, then withdrew. Dating back to a two-over 72 on the final day at Colonial in Fort Worth, five of Chris’ last six competitive rounds have been over par. He’ll next play in the Traveler’s Championship June 19-22 at Cromwell, Conn. The Traveler’s, of course, is where he finished second last year, after losing a playoff to Ken Duke . . . Another Lamar ex, Shawn Stefani,  came up short in U.S. Open Sectional qualifying at Colonial Country Club in Memphis. A year after finishing second in the qualfier in Memphis, and earning at Open slot at Merion with a 36-hole score of 134, Stefani was well back in the pack with rounds of 75-67 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was played in a two-ball format, with the team of Bill Hanley, Mark Petry and Tommy Duhon winning the front at plus one and tying the back at plus 1 with the threesome of Ron Mistrot, Rick Pritchett and Richard Sibley . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 9/9, two-man, best ball, flighted competition. Earl Richard-Mark Petry shot 67 to win First Flight by a stroke over Adam Noel-Raymond Darbonne. In Second Flight, Cap Hollier-Gary Fontenot carded a 69 to edge E.T. Robicheaux-Bill Jones by a shot. Ron Overstreet-John Overland won Third Flight with a 78, beating Robert Lynch-Dwain Morrison by two strokes. Closest to the pin winners were Robicheaux (No. 2), Larry Morris (No. 7), Richard (No. 12) and Pat Waiter (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Winning the front in minus 9 was the team of Larry Stansbury, Gerald Huebel, Jerry May and Dan Flood. On the back, the foursome of Paul Flores, Gene Rountree, Cap Holier and Pete Reobroi won win minus 2 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. The front went to the team of Steve Picou, Butch Pittman, Larry Foster and Arvie Young at minus 7. Finishing first on the back at minus 4 was the foursome of Dennis Walsh, Ron Theriot, Walker Colvin and Charles Perez . . . Twyman Ash and Major Rising tied at plus 2 in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Norm Shannon was closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Barry Jackson won at plus 3. Jim Slivernail and Rufus Mier tied for second at minus 5, with Silvernail winning close to the pin on No. 15. The Monday, May 26 Seniors at Belle Oaks was won by Rising at plus 2. Mier was second at minus 4. Bill Taylor won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . A few spots are still open in the 47th annual Silsbee Men’s Golf Association Invitational which is highlighted by a Pro Flight offering a $15,000 purse and a $4,000 winner’s check. Several Adams Tour players are entered in the Pro Flight, including Brian Rowel, M.J. Daffue, Tye Grissom and Justin Bates. Also gunning for the money will be Beaumont Country Club pro Rob Lietzke, Joran Meeks, Everett Nini, Russell Helson and Heath McGallion. Entry fee for the Pro and Championship Flights, both of which are 54 holes of medal play, are $300. Entry for the seven match play flights are $150. Included is a Thursday practice round, three tournament rounds, a Thursday night shrimp boil and entertainment, a Friday night dance and a Saturday night Texas Holdem tourney. Meals and drinks will be served each day. Call Mike Sanchez at 409 429-8348 to enter.

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