, Port Arthur, Texas


October 1, 2013

West golf notepad: Some aces worth more than others

PORT ARTHUR —     Some things that happen on a golf course defy logical explanation. Take the recent hole-in-one made by Bostonian Jeff Barton in Albuquerque, N.M., for instance.

    Barton, a former minor league baseball player in the San Diego Padres organization, traveled to Albuquerque as a favor to a friend whose kids attended an Albuquerque high school that was hosting a fund-raising tournament. After the tournament was over, he was sitting in the bar drinking when informed his name had been drawn to join five qualifers from the 130-player field in a $1 million hole-in-one shootout.

    With a borrowed 8-iron, Barton trooped 150-yards down the 18th fairway to where six contestants would swing away at what was basically a pipe dream. The first four did manage to get their shots on the green, then the fifth splashed his ball into a water hazard.

    Seeing the previous contestant hit his shot into the water enabled a very nervous Barton to relax.

    “I can’t embarrass myself any more than that guy,” said Barton, whose father-in-law described him to media as “not much of a golfer.”

    A friend handed Barton a can of beer, told him to chug it, then swing away. That’s exactly what he did and seconds later onlookers were going wild. His 8-iron landed on the front of the green and started rolling toward the hole. It didn’t stop until it was in the bottom of the cup.”

    As a result, Barton will be receiving a $25,000 annuity for the next 40 years.

    CHIP SHOTS: It didn’t win him a million dollars, but Michael Krautz, a freshman on the Nederland golf team, scored a hole-in-one n the 165-yard, 7th at Babe Zaharias last Thursday. Krautz used a 6-iron for the shot witnessed by teammates Hunter Huff and Thaine Tillie. It was his first ace . . . Two girls who honed their games playing on the Southeast Texas PGA Junior Tour helped the University of Houston-Victoria’s women’s golf team to a record breaking win over the weekend. LC-M sophomore Brooke Brasseaux shot a closing even-par 72 for a 36-hole total of 151 to finish fifth in the UHV Fall Golf Classic at The Club at Colony Creek. Shelbi Vincent, a freshman from Nederland, carded rounds of 84-78 for a 162 to finish 12th. UHV, with rounds of 313-300 for a 36-hole total of 613 won the event by seven shots over Texas A&M-Kingsville . . . Another former area junior star, PN-G ex Jarrod Brown, had a strong showing in Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Fall Classic. Playing as a medalist, Brown shot rounds of 72-73 for a 145 total that was good for a fourth-place finish in a field of 65 players. He was named to the All-Tournament team . . . The team of Cody Guy, Kaleb Carter, Alan Reynolds and Jeff Smith shot a 54 to win the Richard Industrial Group Scramble at Belle Oaks. Placing second with a 56 was the team of Kane Benoit, Bret Wehmeyer, Randy Wofferd and Matt Wolfe . . . In the St. Charles Knights of Columbus Scramble at Babe Zaharias, the team  of Timothy O’Brian, Eddie LaBure, Bill Gastinger and Ray Trahan won with a 57. Finishing second with a 60 was the foursome of Ken Duhon, Bill Allen, Robert Lynch and Andrew Cousins. Closest to the hole winners were Kyle Aguillard (No. 2), Nicky Matt (No. 7), Thaine Tillie (No. 12) and Butch Tillie (No. 15). Larry Littlejohn was the long drive winner on No. 5 . . . The foursome of Earl Richard, Larry Johnson, Jim Cooper and Bob Moore won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 18 points. Tied for second at 17 points was the team of Don MacNeil, Dwayne Morvant, Body Herndon and Larry Rogers and the team of John Bass, Mark Petry, Ray Trahan and Dan Flood. Closest to the hole  winners were Moore (No. 2), Ed Hetzel (No. 7), Roger Koch (No. 12) and Lee Bertrand (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front, the team of Mark Gonzales, Rick Pritchett, Mark Petry and Charles Leard won with minus 7. The back ended in a tie at minus 2 between the foursome of Brett Yellot, Wes McDonald, Harry Green and Steve Cameron and the team of Troy Touchette, Cole Lee, Rod Bennett and Carl Certa . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-man scramble format, with the team of Larry Foster, Bill Fears, Pete Reobroi and David Strugal winning at minus 12. Second at minus 11 was the foursome of Jim Jordan, Ed Hetzel, Ted Estes and Dwain Morrision. Closest to the pin winners were Harry Green (No. 2), Mark Petry (No. 7), Jordan (No. 12) and Foster (No. 15) . . . The 18th annual Joe Williamson Memorial Tourament is set for Saturday at Babe Zaharias. Format is a flighted 2-person scramble. The entry fee of $50 covers greens fee and cart. Each team will be limited to a pair of $5 mulligan tickets. Food and drinks will be served on the course and under a tent. Play will begin at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit scholarship funds for Nederland and Port Neches-Groves students. Anyone with questions should call the Zaharias pro shop at 722-8286 or Wendell Meaux at 790-8873.

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