, Port Arthur, Texas


February 25, 2014

West golf notepad: Two golfers record aces at Zaharias

PORT ARTHUR — A rare week of decent winter weather helped generate two holes in one and two best-ever rounds. Both of the reported aces came from Babe Zaharias and both were by golfers from outside the immediate area. Mike Padgett of Mont Belvieu struck first on Feb. 21, sinking his 9-iron tee shot from 148-yards on the second hole. Padgett’s first ace was witnessed  by Gary Billington, Mike Barclay and Rick Barclay. A day later, Joe Landry of Mauriceville scored his first hole in one with a 7-iron from 160 yards on No. 7. Witnesses were Kyle Landry, Lonnie Labove, Tim O’Brien and Wayne Glover . . . Lowest scores were authored by Shane Trahan of Port Arthur and Johnny Arenas of Groves. Trahan, playing from the gold tees at Belle Oaks, rolled in 6 birdies against a lone bogey for a sizzling 67. Watching the birdie barrage were George Adams and Vic Teran. Trahan’s previous best round was a 71. Arenas, meanwhile, notched his low round of 74 at Babe Zaharias. Witnesses were John Guidry, Bobby Richards and Bert Miller . . . PN-G junior Braden Bailey did what he always does — win — when playing in a tournament in Southeast Texas. Bailey’s two-under-par 70 at Chambers County earned medalist honors and paced the Indians to victory with a strong 297 team total in the Anahuac Invitational. PN-G’s Brandon Soileau took home the second place medal with a 74. Also for the Indians, Cameron Keith shot 76 and Bradley Stone added a 77. Tyler Rawson, with a 79, also broke 80 but his score didn’t count. Nederland, paced by Hunter Huff’s 74, finished second at 307. Other Nederland scores included a 76 by Thaine Tillie, a 77 from Michael Glover and a 79 by Cole Trevino. Michael Krautz added an 80 that didn’t count. Bridge City’s Skylar Petroski tied for second with a 74, helping the Cardinals to a fourth place finish. LC-M was third . . . Nederland’s Tillie, after placing fifth an Anahuac, capped off a good week by finishing a three-way tie for first in the Southeast Texas Junior Winter Tour event at Bayou Din with a 76. Tillie had won twice previously on the Winter Tour. Corey East of Sulphur and Bryant Hardy of Port Neches also shot 76. Other flight winners included Brice Perryman of Nederland (87 in Boys 14-15), Jack Burke of LC-M (82 in Boys 12-13), Mackenzie Sears of Silsbee (119 in Girls 13-15), Micah DePew of Kountze (41 in Co-ed 10-11, 9 holes) and Luke Wood of Village Mills (52 in co-ed 7-9, 9 holes) . . . Lauren Cox of LC-M fired a 74 to claim medalist honors and lead LC-M girls to victory in Vidor’s tournament at Brentwood Country Club. LC-M, with a 383 team total, edged runnerup Nederland by three strokes. Nederland’s scores included 95s by Reid Whaley, Brittany Weatherwood and Tobi Hebert and a 101 by Deanna Rich. PN-G, paced by second place medalist Karlei Hemler’s 78, was third at 408. Other PN-G scores included an 89 by Brynna Bailey, a 114 by Rebecca Guy and a 127 by Rian Weatherford . . . The Senior 50 Plus game at Babe Zaharias was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Cole Lee, Jeff Rinehart, John House and Charles Huckaby winning the front at minus 5. On the back, the team of Jim Mercer, Terry Peddy, Ed Hetzel and G. Anderson prevailed with minus 6 . . . The team of Ed Hetzel, Cap Hollier, Dillard Darbonne and Gary Anderson won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 21 points. Second with 19 points was the foursome of Gary Whitfill, Ray Trahan, Pete Reobroi and Bob Moore. Closest to the pin winners were Larry Rogers (No. 2), Thad Borne (No. 7), Charlie Huckaby (No. 12) and Whitfill (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person, 3 ball format. Sweeping both nines was the team of Russ Gloede, Bob Byerly, Malcolm Tiller and L.J. Hardy. They finished plus 1 on the front and plus 8 on the back. Closest to the pin winners were Hardy (No. 2), Gloede (No. 7, No. 12) and Jim Cooper No. 15 . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. Tying the front at minus 5 was the team of Thad Borne, Gary Hanan, Cecil Norris and Harold Wilkinson and the foursome of Adam Noel, Bryan Grant, Charles Leard and Charlie Huckaby. The team of Bill Hammond, Raymond Darbonne, Joe Vanderweg and Art Miller won the back with minus 1.

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