, Port Arthur, Texas


May 14, 2013

West golf notepad: Stroud's Players ace was 7th overall, first in PGA tourney

PORT ARTHUR — Chris Stroud’s hole-in-one Saturday on the 181-yard, 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the Players Championship was his seventh ace, but first in a PGA Tour event. Three of the others, however, did come in competition — one in a high school tournament at Idylwild, one in a high school event at Pebble Creek in Bryan and one on the Nationwide Tour. Two of the aces came while he was at Lamar, but not in tournaments, and the seventh was at Spyglass Hill during a practice round for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Stroud’s $52,488 in winnings boosted him from 87 to 82 on the PGA Tour money list at $493,631. After skipping this week’s Byron Nelson he’ll return to the tour next week at Colonial . . .  Two players — Murphy Demarcay of Groves and Ron Overstreet of Port Neches — holed out from the fairway for eagle 2s at Babe Zaharias. Demarcay sank a 9-iron from 100 yards on the 18th hole. Witnesses were Paul Moore, Otis Norton, Richard DeLee and Charlie Iwasko. Overstreet got his eagle by sinking a 7-iron from 135 yards on the 291-yard, 4th. Larry Thompson, Gene Hardy and Pete Reobroi were his playing companions . . . Finalists have been determined for The First Tee of the Golden Triangle/Babe Zaharias Junior Golf Awards. PN-G’s Braden Bailey and Jarrod Brown, Hardin Jefferson’s Ryan Mireles and LC-M’s James Walker are the boys finalists. Girls finalists are Felicia Sauceda and Shelbi Vincent of Nederland and Allison Davis of Silsbee. Winners will be announced at a banquet Friday night, May 24. Also to be named are winners of the girls and boys leadership awards . . . Raymond Rice finished plus 7 to run away with the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Four players — Barry Jackson, Jim Brown, Major Rising and Ralph Childress  — tied for second at plus 1. Rice also won the closest to the pin award on No. 15 . . . Monday’s Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a two-ball format. The team of R.C. Russell, Ron Theriot, Pete Reobroi and Steve Wisenbacker won the front in minus 5. On the back, the foursome of Jimmy Fetters, Gary Wagner, Roger Koch and Charles Perez prevailed with minus 4 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight finished in a two-way tie between the team of Troy Touchet, Buddy Sepeda, Butch Landry and Steve Childree (17&7) and the team of Steve Picou, Bill Hanley, Randy Becker and Ray Weaver. Closest to the pin winners were Cole Lee (No. 2), Craig Fontenot (No. 7), Kenneth Belaire (No. 12) and Mariano Nassar (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4 person points format, with the threesome of Larry Padia, Roger Baumer and Paul Duplantis winning at plus 21. Second at plus 18 was the team of Adam Noel, Cap Hollier, Ron Mistrot and Robert Lynch. Closest to the pin winners were Padia (No. 2), Gerald Huebel (No. 7), Raymond Darbonne (No. 12) and Duplantis (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format. There was a two-way tie at minus 3 on the front between the team of Paul Flores, Wes McDonald, Ivory Hatch and Ryan Thompson and the team of Adam Noel, Don MacNeil, Rick Pritchett, Lee Bertrand and Charlie Huckaby. The Noel team won the back with minus 1 . . . The First Tee STPGA Little Linkster qualifier was played at Babe Zaharias. Top scores by age groups, in a 5-hole modified format, were: Victor Aponte 33, Kobi Chiasson 42 in Boys 11; Brady Fournier 34, Blake Jeanis 43 in Boys 10; Chase Hefner 28, Jordan Sears 45 in Boys 9; Brett Swanson 48 in Boys 8; and Jacob Longlois 38, John Van Huis 39 in Boys 7. Kensey Dukes shot 37 and Mackenzie Sears 46 in Girls 11, while McKenzie Hubacek had 45 in Girls 9 . . . Entries are being taken online for what is the second oldest continuous tournament in Southeast Texas — the 36th annual Babe Didrickson Zaharias. Set for June 1 at Brentwood Country Club, it’s a four-person scramble with a $600 per team entry fee. Included in the fee are 4 golf shirts and 8 tickets for a seated dinner at the Beaumont Plaza Holiday Inn and Suites. A sports auction, which has helped underwrite six endowed women’s scholarship at Lamar, is also on the Saturday night menu. To enter, go to

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