, Port Arthur, Texas


April 8, 2014

West golf notepad: PN-G golfers seek return trip to state

PORT ARTHUR — PN-G will be looking to earn a return trip to the state tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday when the Region III, Class 4A Regional Tournament is contested at River Ridge in Sealy. River Ridge is a new 4A regional site, after the event was  played for years at Raven Nest in Huntsville. If the Indians are to make it back to Austin, improvement will be needed from the Feb. 28-March 1 Regional Preview Tournament at River Ridge. Braden Bailey,  whose 143 (72-71) placed second to Huntsville’s Chandler Phillips in medal play, was the lone PN-G player with a round under 80 as the Indians tied for fourth  . . .  Also participating in the 4A regional are the Nederland boys and girls teams and the PN-G girls. Nederland’s boys, who finished as the runner-up to PN-G in district, got solid play from Thaine Tillie (154) and Michael Glover (154) in placing 8th at the Regional Preview. Nederland’s girls, paced by Brittany Leatherwood and Reid Whaley, beat PN-G’s girls by nine shots to win a second consecutive 20-4A title . . . Chris Stroud’s best ever Shell Houston Open finish of T12 left him at No. 31 on the PGA Tour money list with $1,188,447.30 in official winnings for the 2013-14 season. Stroud moved up from No. 34 to No. 31 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. His next tournament is the RBC Heritage April 17-20 at Hilton Head . . . The team of Rick Pritchett, Cap Hollier, Bob Moore and Harold Wilkinson finished with 20 points to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second at 19 points was the foursome of Bryan Grant, David Arnaud, Bill Draughon and David Sturgall. Closest to the pin winners were Jeff Rinehart (No. 2), Gene Noble (No. 7), Charles Leard (No. 12) and Earl Richard (No. 15 . . . The Seniors Game at The Babe was played in a four-person scramble. Placing first at minus 9 was the team of Harry Green, Bill Fears, Joe Cormier and Stedman Tahaney. Tied for second at minus 8 was the team of Rick Pritchett, Lee Bertrand, Ron Overstreet and Paul Bourgeois and the foursome of Larry Johnson, Bob Moore, Joe Benoit and Jim Thompson. Closest to the pin winners were Pritchett (No. 2) and Pat Waite (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front, the team of Bill Hammond, Tom Lawton, Harrell Guidry and Paul Brown won with minus 2. On the back, the team of Larry Thompson, Larry Johnson, Ryan Thompson and Dan Flood placed first with minus 2 . . . Bill Taylor won the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks with plus 1. Rufus Mier was second at minus 1 and Jim Brown finished third  at minus 2. David Vorpahl won closest to the pin on No. 15. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Brown won with plus 5. Major Rising and Vorpahl tied for second at plus 2 . . . Registration is ongoing for a series of junior clinics being hosted by The First Tee of the Golden Triangle in April and May. Clinics for boys and girls ages 5-6 and 7-9 will be held every Monday through May 19. Clinics for boys and girls ages 10 through 12 and ages 13 through 15 are set for Tuesdays through May 12. Sessions for girls only, ages 13 through 18, are scheduled for Thursdays from April 10 through May 22. For more information on clinic hours and charges, go to or contact Jerry Honza at 543-6364.

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