, Port Arthur, Texas


May 20, 2014

West golf notepad: Tillie wins Junior Players Championship in sudden death

PORT ARTHUR — Thaine Tillie birdied the third hole of a sudden death playoff at Bayou Din to win medalist honors in Boys 16-18 in the Southeast Texas Junior Tour’s Junior Players Championship. Extra holes were needed after Tillie and Nederland teammate Hunter Huff carded 72s. Other flight winners included Reid Whaley (86 in Girls 16-18), Michael Krautz (77 in Boys 14-15), Brayden Wright in Boys 12-13, Tanner Teems (41 in Co-Ed  10-11, 9 holes) and Daigan Venable (47 in Co-Ed 7-9, 9 holes). Elsewhere on this page is the complete summer schedule of junior tournaments and a list of junior golf camps . . . Boston transplant Rocco Mastrangelo, who marshalls at Brentwood Country Club, scored his second-ever ace on Brentwood’s 170-yard, 8th hole. Nursing a bad back, he used a 22-degree hybrid while thinking “swing like an Asian girl.” Whatever works. Witnesses were Jim Nethery, Matthew Ross and Phil Veillion . . . Former Lamar golfers earned paychecks on three different tours this past week. Shawn Stefani, who seems to be building a resume as Comeback Player of the Year on the PGA Tour, fired a closing 67 in the HP Bryon Nelson Championship  to finish T11 with a 6-under 274 and add $146,290 to his bank account. Stefani, who dramatically saved his PGA Tour card for 2014 with a dramatic, fifth place finish in the Shell Houston Open, moved up from No. 135 to 117 on the money list. He’s won $451,943 in seven tournaments. Meanwhile, Dawie van der Walt finished T23 and won $6,034 after shooting a 12-under-par 274 in the BMW Charity Pro-Am and John Riegger collected $10,780 for his T40 in the Champions Tour Regions Tradition. He shot 7-over 295 . . . If you don’t think PN-G star Braden Bailey’s competition was extremely stiff in the 4A state championship, check out the scores from the Byron Nelson. Two weeks after he claimed the 4A title, Dallas Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler finished T22 in the Nelson with rounds of 71-68-69-68 for a four-under 276. It would have been worth $64,055 but Scheffler couldn’t take the money because he’s an amateur. Among the pros  Scheffler beat were Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and the previous Dallas schoolboy phenom Jordan Spieth. Scheffler is headed to the University of Texas but probably won’t be there any longer than Spieth was . . . Local favorite Chris Stroud skipped the Byron Nelson but will play in this week’s Colonial. Stroud, who has struggled of late, finished T7 and pocketed $192,800 in the 2013 Colonial. He’ll be going in on an upbeat note after becoming the first golfer inducted in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor Tuesday night in Frisco . . . Jim Brown finished plus 7 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Rufus Mier was second at plus 4, with David Vorpahl third at plus 2. Vorpahl won closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Jim Silvernail won with plus 7. Vorpahl was second at plus 5 and Bill Taylor third at  plus 2. Brown was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The USA Mobile Drug Testing Team of Dale Dugas, Jerrod Dugas, Landon Womack and Bryan Croaker shot 56 to win the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Four Person Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Second at 58 was the Ritter Forest Products team of Johnny Montagne, Johnny Montagne Jr., Jerry Nathan and Jason Montagne. Closest to the pin winners were Mark Osborne (No. 2), Garrett Thomas (No. 7), Allen Davis (No. 12) and Chris Backos (No. 15). Ron Carlin claimed the long drive prize on No. 18. Other specialty contest winners were Patrick Jones for longest putt on No. 1, Carlin for longest putt on No. 9 and Kirk Roccaforte for closest second shot on No. 11, a chip-in . . . There was a sweep in the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, which as always was played in a best 2-ball format. The foursome of Adam Noel, Larry Johnson, Jerry May and Gary Anderson won the front with minus 8 and the back with minus 7 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 3-ball format. Winning the front in minus 12 was the team of Mark Petry, Dillard Darbonne, Bob Moore, Robert Lynch and Dwain Morrison. The back went to the foursome of Dennis Frazier, Gene Hardy, Gene Noble and Stedman Tahaney. They came in at minus 10. Closest to the pin winners were Rodney Christman (No. 2, No. 15), Petry (No. 7) and Jim Cooper (No. 12)  . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Larry Morris, Larry Johnson, Lee Bertrand and Robert Lynch winning the front in minus 6 and the back in minus 3 . . . Entries are now being taken for the June 28-29 Southeast Texas Championship. The medal play event features 18 holes at Babe Zaharias on June 28 and 18 more at Bayou Din on June 29. Entry fee is $50, which does not include greens fee or cart. All entry money goes to the prize fund. Players will be flighted by handicap except for an open flight by the choice. Call 722-8286 or 796-1327 . . . If you want a shot at a million dollars that doesn’t involve buying a lottery ticket, register for the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes at The new sponsor of Tiger Woods’ June 26-29 tournament at Congressional Country Club in Washington D.C. will select the name of one entrant and pay that person $1 million if any player in the event makes a hole-in-one on Congressional’s par 3, 10th hole .

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