, Port Arthur, Texas


May 8, 2012

West golf notepad: Morison latest to bag Zaharias albatross


    All of a sudden, double eagles or, to be politically correct, albatross’ are in vogue at Babe Zaharias. Less than a month after Cricket Owen accomplished the rarest of golfing feats by making a hole-in-one on the par 4, 6th at Zaharias, Scott Morison of Beaumont sank second shot from 245 yards on the par 5, 10th. Morison used his 3-wood off the tee, then, with 245 yards to the green, hit the same club to launch a shot he’ll never forget. Witness were Nadal Buhis, Dan Aran and Robert Chang. Head pro Ed Campbell said he’s reasonably sure there have never been two albatross’ recorded within a month at Zaharias . . . It was reported in this space last week that Danny Pope of Nederland scored a hole in one at Bayou Din. There is an additional feel-good element to the ace. Pope has been punching back at lung cancer for more than three years and is due to return to M.D. Anderson in Houston later this month of another round of experimental treatment. “We saw it hit,” Donny said of his shot, “but we thought it had gone over the green. We didn’t realize what had happened until the guys on the next tee box threw up their hands and began hollering. It was quite a thrill,” he added, “for a guy who is really happy just to hit the green.” . . . Ron Sedtal pulled off the golfing parlay of posting his low round and shooting his age on the same day last week at Babe Zaharias. Sedtal, whose playing companion was Ricky Abshire, carded a 77 . . . Congratulations are in order for Brian White, M.J. Daffue  and the rest of the Lamar University golf team. The Cardinals, as you can read about elsewhere in Golf Plus, are headed to the NCAA regional in Charlotte, N.C., after Daffue captured medalist honors to help LU win the school’s 24th Southland Conference championship two weeks ago. In the post Chris Stroud era, White has done a terrific job keeping the LU golf program reloaded and producing . . . Voting  from coaches to select finalists for the 2nd annual Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golfer of the Year Awards is scheduled to wrap up this week. After finalists are determined for Junior Golfer of the Year and Junior Leader of the Year for both boys and girls, area golf pros and selected media members will cast their votes. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner Friday, June 8, in the Cardinal Club room of the Montagne Center. The Awards were established in 2011 through a partnership between the First Tee of the Golden Triangle and the Bade Didrikson Zaharias Foundation to commemorate The Babe’s remarkable life and to celebrate the accomplishments of junior golfers . . . The Domino’s Pizza team of Randy Brown, Jared Landry, Kerry Lamb and Randy Harrison won the Motiva Golden Golf Scramble at Belle Oaks with a 52. Closest to the pin winners in the morning portion of the massive event were Brown (No. 3), Jeff Sandford (No. 8) and Todd Ross (No. 15). Landry won the long drive on No. 7. In the afternoon portion, Howard Provost (No. 3), Vic Foze (No. 8) and Max Fairchild (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners. Provost also claimed the long drive prize . . . The Babe Zaharias Dogfight was won at 20&6 by the team of Mark Stoger, Steve Picou, Randy Becker, Billy Mack and Brian Stogner. There was a three-way tie for second. Closest to the hole winners were Charlie Huckaby (No. 2), Hollis Whorton (No. 7), Ron LaFluer (No. 12) and Becker (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias Senior Game was played in a two-ball format. On the front nine, the foursome of Tony Trevino, Steve Richard, Stedman Tahaney and Bernie Johnson won with minus 7. On the back, the team of Larry Morris, Paul Duplantis, Mark Petry and Larry Foster won in minus 3 . . . The Super Saturday Game at Zaharias was also played in a two-ball format. The team of Rick Pritchett, Adam Noel, Harrell Guidry and Lee Bertrand pulled off a sweep, winning the front in minus 5 and the back in minus 2 . . . In the April 28 Super Saturday Game, the foursome of Larry Padia, Larry Dauphine, Steve Richard and Charlie Huckaby won in minus 3. That was also the winning number on the back for the team of Mark Gonzales, Adam Noel, Gene Rountree and Steve Cameron . . . Bill Taylor finished minus 7 to win the Monday Senior Game at Belle Oaks. Jim Robinson and Major Rising tied for second at plus 5. Mike Hebert was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The First Tee’s Junior Players Championship is set for Saturday at Babe Zaharias, with competition in five age divisions for golfers 7-to-18. Entry fee is $20. Deadline is Thursday. Entry forms are available at the Zaharias golf shop. For more information, contact Jerry Honza at 719-3949 . . . The Port Arthur Sertoma Club’s 23rd annual charity tournament is set for Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. at Belle Oaks. Format is a four-person scramble, with a team entry fee of $200. That includes greens and cart fees, drinks and food during the event and dinner afterward. Proceeds are targeted to help fun aid to children and adults with speech and hearing defects, as well as local scholarships and a foster children’s program. Contact person is Buddy Fields are 626-1743 . . . The 2nd annual Roy Esquivel Memorial Scramble is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at Zaharias, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and covers greens fees, carts, food and beverages. Deadline is June 1. Entry forms are available at Zaharias. Contact persons are Lane and Mickie Emmett (727-7453), Randy and Paula Poulter (727-7004) and Hayden White (749-4917).

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