, Port Arthur, Texas


June 24, 2014

West golf notepad: Jackson, Mott, Shumaker all sink holes in one


    Frank Jackson of Nederland and Kevin Mott of Bridge City got to celebrate after making holes in one Sunday at Babe Zaharias. Jackson scored his third ace with an 8-iron on the 122-yard, 8th. Witnesses were Johnny Arenas, Mike Rodgers, Bert Miller and Ken Duhon. Mott used a 6-iron to sink his tee shot from 153-yards on No. 7. Witnesses included Archie Myers, Kirk Roccaforte, Andy Meshwert and Bubba Morgan . . .  There was also a hole in one recorded at Bayou Din, with George Shumaker of Beaumont getting his first-ever ace from 130-yards on the 7th hole of the Bayou Front. Shumaker used an 8-iron for the shot witnessed by Nader Bood, Hank Harris and Wayne Cerniglia . . . PN-G senior-to-be Braden Bailey is in Dallas this week, looking to improve his national ranking among schoolboy golfers with eligibility left. A week after he came oh-so-close to winning a prestigious American Junior Golf Association tournament at The Woodlands Country Club, Bailey opened with a one-over-par 71 in the Legends Junior Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship at Northwood Country Club. With 36 holes still to play, he stands T8 in a field of 78. Co-leaders George Gardner of Southlake and Andrew Spear of Flower Mound shot 67. Last week at The Woodlands,  Bailey came up one shot short in second  place, after an even par total of 216 on rounds of 70-74-72 on the course that used to host the Shell Houston Open. In the final round, he’d come from behind to overtake eventual winner Charles Kim with an eagle on the par 5, 15th.  Taking a one-stroke lead to the final hole the Baylor pledge got a bad break when a pushed drive hit a tree limb and went into a water hazard. That lead to a closing double bogey and Kim overtook him with a par . . . Karlei Hemler, who will be a sophomore at PN-G this fall, had the best showing among area players in the massive Starburst Junior Classic played in Waco last week. Hemler, after carding a 54-hole score of 247, tied for second in Girls 15, but had to settle for third after a scorecard playoff. There were 42 girls from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma in her flight. PN-G’s Brandon Soileau finished T50 and Nederland’s Hunter Huff was T68 in the Boys Championship Flight, while LC-M’s Lauren Cox posted a T39 in the Girls Championship Flight. Cameron Keith of PN-G came in T28 in Boys 17, PN-G’s Bryant Hardy was T37 in Boys 16 and Nederland’s Michael Krautz and Brice Perryman were T33 and 54th respectively in boys 15 . . . Chris Stroud’s T18 at the Hartford Championship was worth $78,120 and swelled his season earnings to $1,414,602. He’s now 46h on the PGA Tour money list and less than $200,000 from his all-time season-high winnings of $1,602,122 in 2013. Stroud is taking this week off. He’ll return to the tour next week at the Greenbriar Classic and is hoping to use that as a springboard into the British Open. Under a new qualifer implented for this year, the top four players at the Greenbriar, provided  they finish in the top 12 and aren’t already in the field earn a spot in the British Open. . . . Adams Tour regular Brian Rowell came from five shots off the pace with a closing 65 to win the 47th Annual Silsbee MGA Invitational with a 54-hole score of 205. Rowell picked up a  $3,000 first place check, after overtaking  Lamar ex M.J. Daffue (207) and Dustin Morris (207). Trey Tate won the Presidential Flight with a 223, topping Danny Simon by two strokes. Other flight winners included Ross Robichau (2nd), Fred Hardy (3rd), Tim Bush (4th), Carl Stried (5th), Matthew Johnson (6th), Javier Solis (7th) and Eric Wood (8th) . . . Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell has decided to cancel the Southeast Texas Championship set for June 28 at Zaharias and June 29 at Bayou Din, based on the fact only six players had entered the stroke play event. Campbell, who has tried over and over to get a stroke-play tournament going, said he was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of interest . . . A sizzling 10 under in a best 2-ball format by the team of Gary Whitfill, Dave English, D. Benoit and Malcolm Tiller won the front in the Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias. On the back, the foursome of Russ Gloede, Larry Johnson, Calvin Landry and Pete Reobroi won with minus 3 . . . The team of Adam Noel, Ed Hetzel, Dillard Darbonne and Dwain Benoit tied for first with the team of Ray Trahan, Cody Metts, Tiller and Allen Suire in the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Closest to the hole winners were Don MacNeil (No. 2, No. 12), Rick Pritchett (No. 7) and Thad Borne (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at the Babe, played in a 2-ball format, had a three-way tie on the front at minus 4. It included the team of Brett Yellot, Harrell Guidry, Gene Rountree and Richard Sibley, the foursome of Cody Metts, Borne, Charles Leard and Jeff Rinehart and the team of Roddy Weatherly, Johnson, Carl Certa and Dennis Dubois. On the back, the team of Paul Flores, Jerry May, Mark Petry and Dillard Darbonne won with minus 4 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-man, 3-ball format, with the team of Dwayne Morvant, Paul Duplantis, Robert Lynch and Gene Noble tying for the front at plus 6 and winning the back at plus 7. Also finishing plus 6 on the front was the foursome of Roy Martinez, Gene Hardy, Tiller and Ron Overstreet. Closest to the hole winners were Bill Draughon (no. 7) and Morvant No. 12) . . . Since there was no golf column last week, here’s some of the results. In the Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, there was a three-way tie on the front at minus 5 between the team of Larry Thompson, Jim Mercer, Ed Hetzel and Duplantis, the team of  L. Balsano, Larry Voight, Hardy and Tiller and the team of Steve Picou, Hollier, John House and Roger Baumer.  The Picou team won the back in minus 5 . . . The Bayou Din DogFight was won with 16 points by the team of Butch Cross, Hollier and John Denton. Second with 15 points was the team of Roland Burris,  Jack Anderson and S. Helton. Petry won closest to the pin . . . The June 11 DogFight at The Babe saw the team of Noel, Raymond Darbonne, Robert Bonin and Suire win with 20 points. Second with 18 points was the foursome of Johnson, Petry, Sibley and Bill Jones. Closest to the pin winners were Certa (No. 2), Jones (No. 7), Hollier (No. 12) and Martinez (No. 15) . . . The June 14 Super Saturday Game at The Babe, played in a 2-ball format, saw the team of Noel, Thompson, Jerry May and Sibley win the front with minus 5. On the back, the team of Larry Morris, Ed Holley, Hardy and Tiller won with minus 4 . . . The June 12 Senior Game at The Babe was played in a 4-man scramble. There was a tie for first at minus 12 between the team of Bill Hanley, Jim Flowers, Sibley and Dwain Morrison and the foursome of Gerald Huebel, Gary Fontenot, Certa and Mike Hess. Closest to the pin winners were Petry (No. 2), Hollier (No. 7), Duplantis (No. 12) and Ron Theriot (No. 15).

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