, Port Arthur, Texas


June 19, 2012

Golf notepad: Daffue wins in first pro start

PORT ARTHUR — M.J. Daffue, whose stellar play helped Lamar earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament last month, got his professional career off to a rousing start by winning the 45th annual Silsbee Men’s Golf Invitational last week. Daffue fired rounds of 66-66-72 for a 204 total that topped another former LU player, Chris Davis, by three shots. He collected $3,000 for his efforts. Tye Grissom (209), Kelsey Cline (214), and Russell Helson rounded out the top five in an event that had eight flights in addition to the professionals . . . It was a bit iffy due to jaundice problems for his new baby daughter but as of this writing Chris Stroud plans to return to the PGA Tour for this week’s Traveler’s Championship. Stroud hasn’t picked up a paycheck since finishing T13 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial three weeks ago. He’s currently 61st on the money list with $832,236 in winnings,  No. 71 in Fed Ex Cup points and No. 152 in the World Golf Rankings. Among the reasons he wanted to return this week was a strong performance last year at the TPC River Highlands which is the site of the Travelers. He shot 12-under-par to finish T17 . . . Braden Bailey added the Jack Moore Cup to his ever-growing trophy case Tuesday, after firing rounds of 73-71 to win Boys 16-18 in the Southern Texas PGA’s Bruce Lietzke Junior Classic at Idylwild Golf Club. Bailey bested PN-G teammate Jarrod Brown by four shots to win the title. Other flight winners included Thaine Tillie in Boys 13-15 (79-74—153), Josh Elmore in Boys 10-12 (92-83—175), Felicia Sauceda in Girls 16-18 (72-74—146), and Lauren Cox in Girls 13-15 (101-93—194) . . . Several area players, headed by Nederland’s Sauceda, fared well in the Waco Chamber of Commerce’s popular Southwest Junior Classic June 11-13. Sauceda, with rounds of 80-77 (157) placed second in a field of 49 in the rain-shortened Girls Championship Division. Karlei Hemler, with scores of 82-91-84 (257), finished 6th in the 16-player Girls 13. On the boys side, Jarrod Brown, with a 54-hole score of 228, Braden Bailey (233) and Brandon Soileau (257), placed T15, T26 and T88 in the 96-player Boys Championship. Brandon Provost, with a 36-hole total of 161 and Lonnie Labove, with a 163, were T9 and T12 among 70 players in  Boys 17. Tyler Rawson (161) was T18 out of 92 players in Boys 16. Trevor Smith (273) was T15 in an 88-player field in Boys 15. In Boys 14, Tyler Ford placed 21st (237), Bryce Shaver was T22 (238), Thaine Tillie 37th (254) and Avery LeBlanc T44 (261) out of 62 entrants. Peyton Weems finished T37 (276) among 42 players in Boys 12. Collin Todora was T17 out of 31 players in Boys 11. Overall, there were more than 1,000 participants, with nine courses used . . .  David White of Sour Lake holed his second shot from 212 yards for an eagle 2 on the 404-yard, 15th at Rayburn Country. The shot was witnessed by Ronnie Walton, Tim Cauthen and Steve Childree  . . . Todd Dodge’s old school, Southlake Carroll, apparently turns out more than football players. Recent Southlake grad Thomas Birdsey, who will be a junior at Wake Forest, birdied the final hole Sunday to win the 103rd Texas Amateur Golf Championship. The aptly named Birdsey carded rounds of 67-68-68 for a 10-under total of 213 over the Honors Club in Carrollton to win by one shot over Paul McConnell of Garland and Tom Moore of San Antonio . . . The team of Dan Travis, Rob Seinseimer and Richard Rice won the ATO Fraternity Scramble at Belle Oaks with a 54. Clayton Davis (No. 8) and John Jeffery (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners and Mike Bosch won the long drive prize on No. 7 . . . The Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a two best ball format. On the front nine, the foursome of Hilario Padia, Bill Hammond, Richard Sibley and L.J. Hardy won with minus 6. On the back, the team of Tony Trevino, David Arnaud, Dan Flood and Steve Cameron finished first with minus 4 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a scramble format. There was tie for first at minus 13 between the team of Larry Thompson, Mark Petry, Larry Foster and L.J. Hardy and the team of Roger Baumer, Gene Hardy, Gary Anderson, Paul Bourgeois and Tommy Linde. Closest to the pin winners were E.T. Robicheaux (No.2), Thompson (No. 7), Hilario Padia (No. 12) and Orland Defrates (No. 15) . . . The Patch Senior 50 Plus Game was played in a two-ball format, with the foursome of Roddy Weatherly, Gary Tompkins, Mickey Dulin and John Fong winning the front in minus 9. On the back, the team of Jimmy Fetters, Gary Fontenot, Bill Avery and Benny Epperson won with minus 7 . . . Ron Somerville finished plus 6 to win the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Bill Taylor was second at plus 4. Jim Robinson and Twyman Ash tied for third at plus 3. Robinson was closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . .

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