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May 6, 2014

Area golf notepad: Junior golf awards set for May 23 at Lamar

PORT ARTHUR — Biggest night for the year for Junior Golf is set for Friday, May 23 at Lamar University’s Montagne Center. The area’s top players will gather in the Cardinal Club room for the 2014 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golfer of Year banquet co-hosted by The First Tee of the Golden Triangle and the Babe Zaharias Foundation.

    Winners in four categories — Girls and Boys Leadership and Girls and Boys Player of the Year — will be announced. Twelve area high schools have at least one player in the running for one of the awards.

    Finalists for Girls Player of the Year are: LC-M’s Lauren Cox, Silsbee’s Allison Davis and PN-G’s Karlei Hemler. Boys finalists are PN-G’s Braden Bailey, Legacy Christian’s Garrett James, Kelly’s William Miller and Bridge City’s Skylar Petroski. Bailey is a lock to repeat as the winner on the boys’ side, while the girls vote is expected to be very close between Davis, who won last year, and Cox.

    Girls Leadership finalists are Reagan Bodin of Nederland, Lauren Hale of Buna, Reagan Leger of Hardin-Jefferson and Maret Montanari of West Book. Boys Leadership finalists are Max Anderson of West Brook, Ralf Barbaso of Memorial, Jeff Rountree of Lumberton’s and PN-G’s Bailey.

    Winners will be determined by a vote of area media members.

    CHIP SHOTS: If Chris Stroud needs a bit of a confidence boost after back-to-back missed cuts, here’s a stat that might help heading into this week’s Players Championship. Among those in this year’s field who have played at least 14 tournament rounds at TPC Sawgrass, Stroud’s scoring average of 70.79 is the lowest. Closest to him are Henrik Stenson at 71.18 and Jimmy Walker at 71.21. Stroud has finished T10, T12 and T33 and made $465,059 in four starts at The Players. Last year he made a hole-in-one on the 168-yard, 13th. Now the bad news. Over the past three weeks, Chris has  made four double bogeys, 2 triples and a quad, mostly because of errant tee balls . . . Shot of the week at Babe Zaharias was authored by Cap Hollier of Groves. Hollier holed a bump-and-run 7-iron from 70 yards for an eagle 2 on the par 4, 4th hole. Witnesses were Cody Metts, Gary Fontenot and Don Duplan . . . Bobby Richard of Mont Belvieu staked a claim to the most memorable round of the week at Zaharias. Richard fired his best ever round of 73, beating all his playing companions in a fivesome that included John Guidry, Johnny Arenas, Frank Jackson and Randy Vincent . . . Some 288 players swarmed Belle Oaks Friday for the annual Motiva Scramble hosted by Junior Achievement. Hosting the championship trophies in the 36-team morning portion was the Brand Energy foursome of Sam Brown, Mark Nettervile, Van Cret and Mark Fairchild. They posted a 19-under-par 53. It also took 53 to win among the 36 teams playing in the afternoon. Walking away with first place was the Gulfspan team of Bill Harrington, Stephanie Dubois, Luke Jerling and Gustavo Burenstam. Closest to the pin winners in AM were Josh Williams (No. 3), Cody Mire (No. 8) and Keith Cormier (No. 12). In the PM scramble, the winners were Matthew Segura (No. 3), Jason Parks No. 8 and Paul Gutierez. Long drive winners on No. 7 were Dale Mills and Jimmy Moncleaux. Putting contest winners were David Jones, Joel Stevens and Ray Ledet . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was won with 16 points by the team of Cap Hollier, Pete Reobroi, Malcolm Tiller and Harold Wilkinson. There was a four-way tie for second. Closest to the pin winners were Carl Certa (No. 2), Ray Trahan (No. 7), Bill Hanley (No. 12) and Harrell Guidry (No. 15) . . . The Bayou Din DogFight was won with 15 points by the threesome of Cody Metts, Harry Green and Gary Anderson. Finishing second with 14 points was the team of Dennis Frazier, Mark Petry and Arvie Young . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in an individual stroke play format with handicap. Ray Trahan won First Flight with a 66, edging Harrell Guidry by one stroke. In Second Flight, Bob Moore, Ron Overstreet and Bob Byerly finished in a three-way tie for the top spot with 70s. Robert Lynch took Third Flight with a 67, finishing two shots clear of Ron Theriot . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format, with the team of Raymond Darbonne, Bill Draughon, Dillard Darbonne and Roger Baumer winning the front in minus 5. On the back, there was a tie betwen the team of Larry Thompson, Cecil Norris, Richard Sibley and Arvin Young and the foursome of Tony Tervino, Bill Avery, C. Landry and M. McPhillips . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front nine, the team of Cody Metts, Cap Hollier, Gary Fontenot and Don Duplan won with minus 4. The back finished in a two-way tie at even par between the team of Adam Noel, Raymond Darbonne, Dillard Darbonne and Gene Noble and the foursome of Andrew Sigur, Harry Green,  Jerry May and Arvie Young.

    Golf scores should be e-mailed to rdwest@usa.net or faxed to 724-6854.

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