, Port Arthur, Texas

July 31, 2012

Rawson gets ace, Bailey keeps rolling

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — For those who wondered what happened to the golf notepad last week, its author was chilling in Northern California (Pasatiempo, Cypress Point) and at breathtaking Bandon Dunes in Southern Oregon. I Played nine rounds of golf in six days and the temperature never got above 65. More about a truly memorable trip that included spending one night at Houston Astro owner Jim Crane’s massive Pebble Beach mansion will be forthcoming in a future Golf Plus. For now it’s time to play catch-up . . .  Tyler Rawson, who will be a junior on the Port Neches-Groves’ golf team expected to make a run at the 4A state championship next spring, scored his third hole-in-one Sunday at Babe Zaharias. Rawson sank his 6-iron tee shot on the 148-yard, second hole. Witnesses were Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Leger and Matt Hendon . . . . Also getting in on the hole-in-one action at Zaharias was Beaumonter Jack Anderson. Anderson got his ace with a 7-iron on the 149-yard, 15th. Paul Roy was the witness . . . Bayou Din was the scene of yet another ace, with Darren Hawkins of Beaumont getting it on the 148-yard, 11th on the Bayou Back. He used a 9-iron. Hawkins’ playing companions were Clayton Davis, Chuck Davis and Marvin Davis . . . Unless he slips into the PGA Championship next week at Kiawah Island — he’s currently the No. 2 alternate — Chris Stroud’s tentative plan is to take a three-week respite from the PGA Tour. Stroud, having a mighty struggle with consistency, is eying a return for the start of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs Aug. 23-26 at the Barclay’s in Farmingdale, N.Y. In the meantime, he’ll be working at improving his greens in regulation (138th on tour at 62.6 percent) and his driving accuracy (89th on tour). Stroud, No. 75 n the money list at $883,194, is within $213,305 of his all-time earnings high set last year. He’s No. 4 on the tour in scrambling and No. 30 in strokes gained putting . . . PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey finished off an amamazing month of July by adding a one-under-par 71 at Babe Zaharias on Tuesday to his two-under-69 at Bayou Din Monday for a 36-hole total of 140 that was good for a four-shot victory in Boys 16-18 in the final regular Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour stop of the summer. Bailey’s Indian teammate Jarrod Brown, who led after day one with a 68, placed second at 144. Other flight winners were Nederland’s Thaine Tille (149 in Boys 13-15), Port Arthur’s Collin Todora (176 in Boys 10-12), Shelbi Vincent of Nederland (172 in Girls 16-18) and Karlei Hemler of Port Neches (161 in Girls 13-15). Points leaders in all age divisions advance to the STPGA Tour Championship next Wednesday and Thursday at Cypresswood in Houston . . . Bailey was coming off another strong showing in last week’s Texas State Junior Championship over the rugged Ram Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay. Playing in Boys 15-18, he fired rounds of 78-75-77 for a 54-hole score of 230 that left him 16th in a field of 120 of the state’s top juniors . . .  Tyler Rawson fired a 76 to win Boys 16-18 in last week’s Southern Texas PGA Junior stop at Eagle Point Golf Club. Rawson won by five shots over Seth Walters and Drake Mosley. Other flight winners were Bruce Shaver of Lumberton (75 in Boys 13-15), Roger Zhong of Katy (72 in Boys 10-12), Kelli Rollo of Mont Belvieu (75 in Girls 16-18) and Taylor Hill of Houston (101 in Girls 13-15) . . . The team of Gene Jones, Bob Moore, Mark Petry and Tom Terrell finished minus 4 in a two best ball format to win the front nine in the Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias. On the back nine, the foursome of Thad Borne, Adam Noel, Harry Green and Cameron prevailed with minus 4.  In the July 21 Super Saturday Game, Jones, Adam Noel, Petry and Dale Noel tied the front in minus 2 with the team of Tony Trevino, Gene Rountree, Richard Sibley and Dan Flood. The Jones team took the back in minus 1 . . . The July 25 Babe Zaharias DogFight was won at 15&5 by the team of Troy Sedatole, Billy Tucker, Mariano Nassar and Harold Wilkinson. Finishing second at 13&3 was the foursome of Buddy Sepeda, Brad Royer, Jim Cooper and Cap Hollier. Closest to the pin winners were Cricket Owen (No. 2), Randy Monk (No. 7), Earl Richard (No. 12) and Jim Jordan (No. 15) . . . The July 18 Babe Zaharias DogFight was contested with two-man teams playing best ball on the front and scramble on the back. John Jeffrey-Rick Pritchett won 1st Flight with a 67. In 2nd Flight, there was a three-way tie at 73 between Troy Sedatole-Jeff Rinehart, Butch Landry-Roger Koch and Mark Petry-David Colten. A 74 was good enough to win 3rd Flight for Cole Lee-Tom Terrell, while Billy Thillett-Dave Ybarra took 4th Flight with an 80. Closest to the pin winners were Adam Noel (No. 2), Rinehart (No. 7), Thillett (No. 12) and Colten (No. 15) . . . Ron Somerville won the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks with plus 3. Jim Brown was second at plus 1 and Dennis Neef third with 0. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, there was a three-way tie for first at plus 3 between Norm Shannon, Barry Jackson and Somerville. Gene Jones (No. 8) and Shannon (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . The July 23 Senior 50 Plus game at The Patch saw the team of Wadsworth Thompson, Gerald Huebel, Mickey Dulin and T. Johnson win the front in minus 8 and tie the back at minus 4 with the foursome of Roddy Weatherly, Earl Richard, Bud Auffurth and Ron Theriot.

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