, Port Arthur, Texas


August 14, 2012

West golf notepad: Andrew Landry topples Patch course record

PORT ARTHUR —     In a 2012 golf season that should be colored PN-G purple, another former Indian has distinguished himself. Andrew Landry authored a feat rarer than a hole in one, or even a double eagle, by breaking the magical 60 barrier on Sunday. In the process of shooting 58 at The Patch, the two-time Arkansas All-America also shattered the course record of 59 shared by Rick LaBove and Larry Walsh. Landry, playing in a threesome with Dr. Jay Pfister and Paul Kimball, rolled in seven birdies enroute to a front nine 28, then followed up with three birdies and an eagle for a 30 on the back. For Landry, who has four top 10 finishes on the Adams Tour this year, it’s the second course record on his resume. The first was a 62 at the National Golf Club of Louisiana . . . PN-G senior Jarrod Brown capped off a solid summer by shooting a 76 to capture the East Texas Junior Championship at Crown Colony in Lufkin. Placing third with an 80 was Indian sophomore Braden Bailey, who was coming off winning the Southern Texas PGA Tour Championship at Cypresswood Golf Club in Houston. Bailey posted a 36-hole score of 148. Brown was three shots back in a tie for third at 151 . . . Another current PN-G golfer having a very good summer is sophomore Lonnie LaBove. Playing in the highly competitive Houston Golf Association Summer Performance Series, LaBove won three tournaments and also had a second, two thirds and a tie for sixth. His winning scores were a 70 at Gleanloch Pines, a 70 at Sweetwater Country Club and a 71 at Magnolia Creek Golf Club. LaBove’s consistently high finishes earned him an invite into the HGA’s Tournament of Champions at Augusta Pines. He finished T7 in that event, with rounds of 77-83 . . . Last but certainly not least among the PN-G contingent is Chris Stroud. Chris missed the cut in the PGA Championship after shooting a wind-blown 81 in the second round for a 154 that was three shots too many to play on the weekend. During a second round in which the average score was 78.3, Chris was hardly the only one who struggled. Matt Kuchar shot an 82, Dustin Johnson posted a 79 and David Toms signed off on a 78. Stroud, who has fallen to 93rd in Fed Ex Cup points, is in the field for this week’s Wyndam Championship in Greensboro, N.C.. It’s the last event before the Fed Ex playoffs begin next week at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. If Stroud remains in the top 100 after Bethpage, he moves on to round two in Boston. To advance to week three, he has to move into the top 70 on the points list . . . The team of Taylor James, Aaron Landry, Matt Hendon and Jared Landry combined for a 54 to win the 7th Annual Clint Wasser Memorial Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Closest to the pin winners were Reese Guidry (No. 2), Josh Walters (No. 7), Alec Bruney (No. 12) and Kurt Roberts (No. 15). Justin Romero was the long drive winner . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Patch was played in a two-ball format, with the team of Richard McClelland, Charles Cooksey, David Guarnere, Don Storey and Glen Frederick winning the front in minus 7. On the back, the foursome of David Girouard, Tommy Prejean, Joe Castleman and Buddy Carroll finished first with minus 6 . . . Barry Jackson, Norm Shannon and Bill Taylor all finished plus 1 to tie for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Taylor was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Jackson was an outright winner at plus 1. Rufus Mier was second at 0. Jackson won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . .The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-person scramble. Placing first at minus 14 was the team of Larry Thompson, Mark Petry, Steven Richard and L.J. Hardy. There was a tie for second at minus five between the team of Bob Moore, Earl Richard, Mike Hess, Jack Frank and Ken Fabre and the foursome of Tony Trevino, Ted Estes, Sam Loycano and Tom Hatcher. Closest to the pin winners were Bob Byerly (No. 2), Larry Padia (No. 7), Larry Thompson (No. 12) and Earl Richard (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a team 2 ball format. There was a tie at minus 3 on the front between the team of Tony Trevino,  Roger Baumer, Richard Sibley, Tom Terrell and Harold Wilkinson and the team of Adam Noel, Bob Moore, Gene Hardy and Steve Cameron. The Noel team won the back in minus 4. In the Aug. 4 Super Saturday Game, the team of Eddie Molina, Jim Jordan, Jerry May and Ryan Wadsworth won the front with minus 7. On the back, the foursome of Rick Pritchett, Harrel Guidry, Jim Cooper and Mark Petry placed first at minus 3.

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