, Port Arthur, Texas


October 16, 2012

West golf notepad: Senior golfers will miss Art Lecoq's contributions


    Art Lecoq will not only be missed by his family and friends, but by everyone involved in senior golf events at Babe Zaharias. Lecoq, who passed away last week at age 74, was the chairman of the Senior Golf Association at The Babe, and worked tirelessly to promote and publicize senior events. I’ll always remember Art for his efforts in the two fund-raising tournaments for Belle Oaks pro Bryan Jackson. The golf scene in Southeast Texas won’t be the same without him . . . Port Neches-Groves junior Tyler Rawson made his round at Babe Zaharias extra special last Tuesday when he holed his second shot on the par 5, 9th hole for a double eagle. Rawson used a 3 hybrid to become the four golfer in 2012 to have a double eagle reported to Area Notepad. The shot was witnessed by two other members of the PN-G golf team — Braden Bailey and Jacob Lefort . . .   Congratulations are once again in order for former Lamar University ex Shawn Stefani, after the Barbers Hill ex won for the second time on the Tour. Stefani’s latest victory came by five shots in the Miccouskee Championship in Miami, and was sparked by a remarkable 62 on Saturday in near gale-force winds. Shawn’s at No. 4 in the money list ($303,311) and has locked up his PGA Tour card for next season. Don’t be surprised if he does really well . . . Braden Bailey fired an even par 72 to nudge teammate Jarrod Brown by one stroke at Belle Oaks Saturday to win Boys 16-18 in the opening event of the Southeast Texas Junior Tour/The First Tee of the Golden Triangle Fall Finnish. Thomas Willis was third with a 74. Karlei Hemler shot 76 to wins girls 16-18 by seven strokes over Shelbi Vincent. Other winners were Bryce Shaver (80 in Boys 14-15), Ashley Young (100 in Girls 13-15), Josh Elmore (92 in Boys 12-13), Jack Burke (42 in Boys 9-11, 9 holes) and Makenna Henry (57 in Girls 12&Under, 9 holes). Next tournament is Nov. 17 at Wildwood . . . Paced by best ever round of 69 from Brentwood Country Club’s Bob Nicks, the blind-draw foursome of Nicks, Al Merryman, Monroe Scurlock and Lester Landgraf finished plus 14 at Babe Zaharias Tuesday to win the Southeast Texas Senior Pro-Am. Nicks’ 69 (31-38) was witnessed by Elvis Arterbury and Steve Hyden. Placing second at plus 12 was the team of Joe Kazmar, Arterbury, Lee Langston and Jim Abby . . . The Echo team of Lee Comeaux, David Carrier, Ben Sherrod and Richard Lordan shot a 53 to win the morning scramble in The First Tee of The Golden Triangle Tournament of Champions Fundraiser at Beaumont Country Club. In the afternoon portion of the event, the Repcon team of Chris Forster, Pat Debusk, Andrew Debusk and Derek Delach won with a 52. Morning flight closest to the pin winners were Bob West (No. 2), Blake Day (No. 4), Gerald Papilion (No. 10) and John Moreno (No. 17). Felicia Sauceda won the long drive on No. 18. In the afternoon, John Locke (No. 2), Brad Rutledge (No. 4), Kane Benoit (No. 10) and Forster (No. 17) claimed closest to the pin prize. Drew Barnett had the long drive on No. 18 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a two-person scramble. There was a tie in First Flight at minus 11 between Larry Morris-Bob Moore and Rick Pritchett-Earl Richard. In Second Flight, Larry Foster-Gary Wagner finished minus 2 to edge Bob Byerly-Roger Baumer and Bill Jones-Ray Trahan by a stroke. Harry Green-Joe Benoit posted minus 3, to edge Stedman Tahaney--Dickie Robinson by one shot in Third Flight. Harold Wilkinson-Larry Rogers won Third Flight at plus 3. Closest to the pin winners were L.J. Hardy (No. 2), Larry Rogers (No. 7), Bob Moore (No. 12) and Stedman Tahaney (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight used two formats — best ball on the front, scramble on the back. David Evans-Rick Pritchett shot 67 to nip Kenneth Belaire-Darrell Dugas (68) in First Flight. Bill Hanley-Roger Koch shot 69 to win Second Flight by four strokes over Bryan Grant-Jim Cooper and Jeff Reinhart-Adam Noel. Clay Lewis-R.Christman shot 68 for a six-stroke victory over Don Duplan-M. Nasser in Third Flight. Fourth Flight featured a tie at 78 between Gary Anderson-Joe Irvine and Gary Anderson-Malcolm Tiller. Closest to the pin winners were Cody Metts (No. 2), Dugas (No. 7), Pritchett (No. 12) and Noel (No. 15) . . . Twyman Ash finished plus 6 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Barry Jackson and Mike Hebert tied for second at plus 3. Hebert (No. 8) and Jackson (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . In the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Ed Boone won with plus 4. Gene Jones was second at plus 3 and Bill Taylor placed third at plus 2. Norm Shannon was the closest to the pin winner on No. 8 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Patch was played in a 2 best ball format, with the team of Dennis Walsh, Buddy Bailey and Ron Theriot winning the front in minus 9. On the back, the foursome of Jimmy Fetters, Tony Trevino, Bill Draughon and Bud Auffurth won with minus 9 . . . The 2nd Annual PN-G Boys Golf Team Fundraiser is set for Oct. 27 at The Patch. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 and food sponsorships for $200. Last year’s event raised $10,000 for the PN-G program, which enabled the team to travel to tournaments outside Southeast Texas. PN-G teams won first and second place in last year’s District 20-4A championship and the A team win on to win regional and place sixth in state . . . Also on tap Oct. 27 at Babe Zaharias is the inaugural Port Arthur Founders Lions Club Charity Tournament. Enter fee is $50 per player for the four-person scramble. The entry amount covers all golf fees and food and drinks. Call 726-6872 to enter . . . Wildwood’s Village Mills Golf League has scheduled its first ever  Double Nickel Seniors Invitational for Oct. 27. It’s a one-day event open to male golfers 55 and over, with a $100 per team entry fee. Cart rentals are $14 per team, with drop fees waived for entrants supplying their own cart. Format is two-man best ball and there is a field limit of 64 teams for a morning shotgun start. Players will be flighted by handicap or prior history at Wildwood, with play from the white tees. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 23. For further information, call Bill Pierce (782-7573) or Mike Goodwin (834-0243). One senior who wants to play in the event and is looking for a partner is Larry Morris. He can be reached at 718-1941 . . . Yet another tournament scheduled for Oct. 27 is the St. Anthony Cathedral School 4-person scramble at Bayou Din. Entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available for $1,200 (Corporate), $1,000 (Title), $500 (Gold), $400 (Team) and Blue ($200). Call Geneva Dixon-Peters at 832-3486, extension 106. Tee time is set for 8:30 a.m.

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