, Port Arthur, Texas

January 21, 2014

West golf notepad: Hunter Huff wins Winter Tour opener

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Hunter Huff of Nederland shot a two-over-par 74 at Babe Zaharias to win Boys 16-18 in the opening event of The Southeast Texas PGA-First Tee of the Golden Triangle Junior Winter Tour. Huff finished two shots clear of Nederland’s Thaine Tillie and four  ahead of Port Arthur’s Ralf Barbaso. Karlei Hemler, with an 80, was a five-stroke winner over Houstonian Jessica Rogina in Girls 16-18. Other flight winners included Brice Perryman of Nederland (79 in Boys 14-15), Kensey Dukes of Groves (141 in Girls 13-15), Jack Burke of Little Cypress (76 in Boys 12-13), Micah DePew of Kountze (52 in Co-ed 10-11, 9 holes) and Luke Wood of Village Mills (39 in Co-ed 7-9, 6 holes). Next stop on the winter tour is Saturday at Idylwild Golf Club . . . Kris Robbins of Nederland celebrated an eagle 2 on the par 4, 18th Monday at Babe Zaharias. Robbins sank a 3-iron from 210 yards on his second shot. Witnesses were Kenny Robbins, Michael Glover and Thaine Tillie. It was Robbins’ first eagle on a par 4 . . . Rufus Mier finished plus 2 in the points game to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Jim Brown was second at plus 1, followed by Ed Boone and Norm Shannon at 0. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Shannon won with plus 5. Twyman Ash was second at minus 2 . . . The team of Larry Thompson, Dwayne Morvant, Jim Cooper and Larry Rogers placed first in the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 15 points. Four teams tied for second with 14 points. Thompson (No. 2), Billy Thillet (No. 7), Bryan Grant (No. 12) and Tom Lawton (No. 15) were closest to the hole winners . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person, 3 ball format. The team of Don MacNeil, Cap Hollier, Charlie Huckaby and Jack Wilson won the front with plus 4.  On the back, there was a tie at plus 7 between the team of Rick Pritchett, Joe Cormier, Roger Baumer and Paul Bourgeois and the foursome of Harry Green, Bob Barnes, Ron Theriot and Harold Wilkinson. Closest to the pin winners were MacNeil (No. 2), Pritchett (No. 7), Green (No. 12) and Raymond Darbonne (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Paul Flores, Tom Lawton, Dan Flood and Richard Sibley winning the front with minus 4. The back was won at minus 1 by the team of Adam Noel, Don MacNeil, Charlie Huckaby, Charlie Perez and  Harold Wilkinson . . . Late double bogeys in both the second (17th hole) and third rounds (18th hole) offset some sizzling play by Chris Stroud and kept him from making the 54-hole cut in last week’s PGA Tour Humana Challenge. In the third round, Stroud had battled back with an eagle and seven birdies to reach the 9-under-par cut line going to his final hole. But an errant tee shot led to double and sent him home. The Lamar ex is skipping this week’s Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego. He plans to return to the tour next week in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . Timing is everything, as John Daly learned in last week’s Humana Challenge Pro-Am. Daly, who was waiting for a Callaway representative to bring him a new 9-iron, went ahead and hit his shot into the par 3, 7th hole on the PGA West Nicklaus Course. The rep showed up moments later, so Daly hit a shot into the green with the new club. As fate would have it, the ball went to the cup for a hole-in-one that didn’t count. Unfortunately for Daly, he was unable to claim the $60,000 Hyundai Equus that was the hole-in-one prize.

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