, Port Arthur, Texas


May 22, 2012

Golf notepad: Benoit uses 9-wood to get 3rd ace

PORT ARTHUR — Joe Benoit of Groves made his trip to Babe Zaharias on Monday a memorable one by scoring his third hole-in-one. Benoit used a 9-wood from 120-yards to record the ace on the 7th hole. The shot was witnessed by Bob French . . . Chris Stroud will try to get back on track this week at the Crowne Plaza Colonial in Fort Worth. Stroud, who has missed the cut in his last two starts, plans to play the next events weeks, with Jack Nicklaus Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, and the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic in Memphis to follow. Stroud will also be playing in a U.S. Open qualifier after the  Memorial . . . Bob Briggs finished plus 9 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks by two points over Twyman Ash. Jim Brown was third at plus four and Larry Guidry fourth at plus 3. Mike Hebert (No. 3) and Briggs (No.15) were closest to the pin winners . . . In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Guidry, who recently came out of golf hibernation, won with plus 4. Bill Worsham was second at plus 2 and Gene Jones and Ash tied for third at plus 1. Jones was closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . In the opening Southeast Texas Senior Pro-Am played at Babe Zaharias, the team of Mike Lansford, Neal Brown, Bob Alexander and Clinton Lister won with plus 20 points. Second at plus 17 was the team of Harrell Guidry, Elvis Arterberry Noel Byars and Jim Davis . . . The team of Larry Thompson, Mark Petry, Mack McPhatter and Dwayne Morrison finished 18&9 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second at 16&4 was the foursome of Buddy Sepeda, Augie Segura, Scott Welch and Harold Wilkinson. There was a two-way tie for third between the team of Troy Sedatole, Steve Wisenbaker, Paul Duplantis and Maurice Ross (15&2) and the team  of Hilario Padia, Joe Bennet, Gary Green and Jim Cooper (15&1). Closest to the hole winners were Bob Moore (No. 2), Brad Royer (No. 7), Randy Becker (No. 12) and Larry Thompson (No. 15) . . . Format for the Seniors at The Babe was two-man best ball on the front and two-man scramble on the back. Jim Jordan-Harrell Guidry won 1st Flight at minus 7, finishing two shots clear of Larry Thompson-David Arnaud. 2nd Flight went to B. Smith-E.T. Robicheaux at minus 2, with Roger Baumer-Ron Overstreet second at even par. In 3rd Flight, Bill Jones-Bob Lloyd won with plus 2. Ben Thornton-D. Bedair and Maurice Ross-Mike Hess tied for second at plus 6. Guidry (No. 2, No. 15), Joe Benoit (No. 7) and  Thompson (No. 12) were closest to the pin winners . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a two best ball format. The team of Bill Hammond, Rick Pritchett, Gene Rountree, Steve Richard and Cameron won the front in minus 10. There was a tie on the back at minus two between the foursome of Jim Jordan, Gene Jones, David Arnaud and Robert Lynch and the team of Adam Noel, Dillard Darbonne, Harry Green and Harold Wilkinson . . . The Port Arthur Sertoma Club will host its 23rd annual charity scramble Friday, June 1 at Belle Oaks. Entry fee for a four-person team is $200 and includes all fees, drinks and food during the tourney and dinner after. Proceeds will help fund aid to children and adults with speech and hearing defects, as well as local scholarships and foster children’s programs. A shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. Anyone with questions should contact Buddy Fields at 626-1743 . . . The second annual Roy Esquivel Memorial Scramble is set for an 8 a.m. shotgun at Babe Zaharias on Saturday, June 2. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and includes all fees. Entry forms can be picked up at the Babe Zaharias golf shop. Food and drinks will be provided on the course. Contact persons are Hayden White at 749-4917 or Ed Campbell at 722-82-86 . . . Registration is now open for the STPGA Junior Tour, Junior Links Tour and Little Linksters program. The Junior Tour is open to boys and girls ages 10-to-18 and offers 18 and 36-hole events. The Junior Links Tour is for players ages 13-to-18 and features 9-hole tournaments. The Little Linksters program is for kids 6-to-12, with 5-hole and 9-hole competitions. For more information go to First even for all three age groups is a June 3 Parent-Junior at Eagle Point.

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