, Port Arthur, Texas


April 29, 2014

West golf notepad: Stroud played final 5 holes 7 over par

PORT ARTHUR — Chris Stroud’s string of six consecutive made cuts came to a pretty mind-blowing end last week in New Orleans. After an opening 69, Stroud was three-under for the day, six-under for the tournament, four strokes above the cut line and tied for 15th through 11 holes on Friday. He looked to be well positioned for the weekend.

Then the unthinkable happened.

He made bogey at the 12th, which was no big deal. Then, on the par 4, 14th (No. 5 on the scorecard), a drive so far left he had to hit a provisional led to a triple bogey. Though squarely on the cut line, Chris came to the par 3 finishing hole thinking he needed a birdie. He took an aggressive line to a dangerous left pin, saw the ball splash into a water hazard and wound up making a quadruple bogey 7.

Instead of spending Saturday and Sunday trying to move further up the money and Fed Ex Cup points lists, the former Lamar All-America had extra time to think about how quickly things can slip away on the PGA Tour. All it took was one really bad drive on the 14th hole to undo what had been a promising start.

Stroud, of course, has been around the tour long enough, and witnessed enough disasters, to know those things happen.  More often than not, they happen under pressure, like Matt Kuchar blowing the Shell Houston Open by hitting his second shot on the 72nd hole into water left of the green.

The key, as Kuchar did so well, is to bounce back strong. Stroud, who is now No. 36 in Fed Ex points and No. 37 on the money list, will be trying to do exactly that this week at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

CHIP SHOTS: The team of Wayne Darcey, Brandon Cropper, Kyle Landry and Joe Landry fired a 57 Saturday at Belle Oaks to win the Groves Knights of Columbus Scramble benefiting the Estelle and Allen Fetters Center. Closest to the pin winners were Jason Parks (No. 8) and Mike Parker (No. 15). Brandon Cropper won the long drive for players 59 and under, while David Bruce was the winner for golfers 60 and over . . . The foursome of Chris Oliver, Shane Trahan, Mark Orta and J. Thompson carded a 53 to win the St. Paul Lutheran Church Scramble at Belle Oaks. There was a tie for second at 58 between the team of Gerald Robinson, Charles Morgan, Bubba Morgan and Jerry Jones and the team of David Girouard, Blaine Girouard, Derrick Nail and Stewart Brown . . . The Port Arthur Fire Department team of Dwayne Morvant, Jeremy Holland, Kenny Andrews and Daniel Tompkins shot a 57 to win the Sabine-Neches Chiefs Association Scramble at Belle Oaks. Ted Terrell won closest to the pin on No. 15, while Joe Wolfe was the long driver winner on No. 10 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight ended in a two-way tie at 19 points between the team of Mike Lansford, Cody Metts, Reid Duplantis, Dwain Benoit and Lovell Sullivan and the team of Tom Lawton, Robert Stansbury, Gene Hardy and Jim Thompson. Closest to the pin winners were David Arnaud (No. 2), Cap Hollier (No. 7), Robert Stansbury (No. 12) and Bryan Grant (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a flighted format of nine holes best ball, 9 holes scramble. In 1st Flight, the team of Bill Hanley-Harrell Guirdy shot a 68 to edge Dennis Frazier-Ron Mistrot by a shot. In 2nd Flight, Bill Fears-Bob Byerly teamed for 70 to best Mark Petry-Roger Baumer by three strokes. There was a tie at 75 in 2nd Flight between the team of Bob Moore-Bob Lloyd and the team of Dwain Morrison, Harold Wilkinson and Ben Thornton. Closest to the pin winners were Earl Richard (No. 2), Byerly (No. 7), Tommy Linder (No. 12) and Lynch (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the fivesome of Adam Noel, Andrew Sigur, Richard Sibley, Jerry May and Pete Reobroi winning the front in minus 6 and the back in minus 4 . . . Bill Taylor finished plus 6 to win the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Twyman Ash and Rufus Mier tied for second at plus 4. Jim Brown was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15.

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