, Port Arthur, Texas


March 19, 2013

West golf notepad: Aces rain down on 8th hole at Bayou Din Links

PORT ARTHUR — Aces rain down on 8th hole at Bayou Din Links

    Aces were wild on the 8th hole on the Links nine at Bayou Din last week. Within the span of an hour, Christian Truong of Port Arthur and Teo Nguyen of Beaumont authored holes in one from 181 yards on No. 8. Less than 24 hours later, Rex Ellis of China sank his tee shot on No. 8 from 161 yards. Truong scored his ace with a 5- iron. Witnesses were Darrell Lowe, Bayou Din assistant pro John Allen and Minh Dah. Nguyen, who usually plays with Truong, also used a 5-iron for his one, with Billy Nghiem and Son Tran looking on. Ellis bagged his ace with a 4 hybrid. Billy Rowles, Randy Buck, Ed Watson and Wesley Fry were his playing companions . . . Bobby Petion of Beaumont also got in on the hole-in-one bonanza at Bayou Din, but not on the 8th hole. Petion aced the 160-yard, 7th on the Bayou Front, using a 6-iron. The shot was witnessed by Thomas Zehrung . . . Rick Baldwin of Beaumont recorded his first ever eagle by holing his third shot from 130 yards with a 5-wood on the par 5 third at Babe Zaharias. Ed Holley and Keith Marshall were the witnesses . . . PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey fired a closing 69 to finish T2 against a talented field in the Texas Legends Junior Tour Spring Preview last week at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek. Bailey’s 36-hole score of 146 put him a three-way tie for the top spot with Wes Artac and Cory Sammons, then Artac claimed the title in a sudden-death playoff. By finishing in the top five, Bailey earned an invitation to the prestigious HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship June 24-27 at Lakewood CC in Dallas . . . From the time they first picked up a club, most golfers have heard and bought into the saying that you “drive for show and putt for dough.” So how to explain these putting stats? Two weeks ago at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, Brian Gay just missed the PGA Tour record of 92 putts in a 72-hole event. Gay, though, despite needing only 93 putts — that’s 23 per round — finished T35. David Frost, who set the record of 92 putts in the 2005 RBC Heritage, fared even worse than Gay. He finished T38 . . . Speaking of PGA Tour records, John Daly surely has made more scores of 10 and above in professional events than any golfer. When Daly chopped his way to a 10 on the third hole at Tampa Bay last week, it was the 15th time he’d recorded double digits on a hole. But at least this time he didn’t walk off the course . . . PN-G’s girls won the LC-M Lady Bear Tournament Monday at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange with a 398 team total.  Blaire Brevell paced PN-G with a 89 that was the fourth low score of the day. Other PN-G scores included a 95 by Oxi Benites, a 96 by Railie Guidry and a a 118 by Kameryn Scroggs. Nederland was second at 402, followed by LC-M with a 403. Shelbi Vincent and Felicia Sauceda led the way for Nederland with 88s that tied for second in medal play. Reid Whaley added a 108 and Hallie Hefner a 118. LC-M’s Lauren Cox took medalist honors with an 86 . . . Lamar ex Shawn Stefani’s T7 at Tampa Bay, his highest finish in a PGA Tour event, earned him $148,000 and vaulted him to No. 114 on the money list at $184,091.40. That was enough to nudge him past LU teammate Chris Stroud who is No. 117 at $178,187. Both Stroud and Stefani are in the field for next week’s Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club. It was incorrectly reported in this space last week that Stroud had secured an invitation to this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Some late entries who were higher on the money list bumped Stroud out of the field and down to first alternate . . . Latest big name to enter that SHO field is World No. 4 Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker gives Houston five of the top 10 — No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 6 Louis Oosthuizen, No. 8 Steve Stricker and No. 10 Phil Mickelson — and seven of the top 14. Lee Westwood is No. 11 and Keegan Bradley is No. 14. Optimism, however, is fading that No. 2 Tiger Woods will make his first SHO appearance. Woods has until 5 p.m. Friday to commit . . . The team of Dwayne Morvant, Bryan Grant, Bill Jones and Gary Anderson finished 18&3 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second at 17&4 was the team of Joe Landry, Bryan Beaumont and Harold Wilkinson. Closest to the hole winners were J.R. Humble (No. 2, No. 7), Morvant (No. 12) and Cole Lee (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at the Babe was played in a 4-person points format, with the team of Rick Pritchett, Jim Cooper, Don MacNeil and Larry Rogers winning at plus 15. Second at plus 9 was the team of Larry Foster, Pete Reobroi, Paul Brown, Ted Estes and Tom Hatcher. The foursome of Roger Baumer, Larry Vicknair, Cap Hollier and Ray Trahan placed third at plus 5. Closest to the pin winners were Foster (No. 2), MacNeil (No 7, No. 12) and L.J. Hardy (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias 50 Plus Tuesday Senior Game was played in a 2 ball format, with the team of Adam Noel, Paul Brown, Ron Theriot and R. Darbonne taking the front in minus 7. On the back, the team of Bill Hammond, Cap Hollier, Charles Huckaby and Pete Reobroi finished first in minus  7 . . . Rufus Mier ran away from the competition in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks, posting plus 11 points. Mike Hebert was second at plus 4, followed by Bill Worsham and Norm Shannon at plus 4. Hebert (No. 8) and Bill Taylor (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . Taylor won the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks with plus 10. Joe Vanderweg was second at plus 9, Twyman Ash was third at plus 8 and Gene Jones fourth at plus 4. Hebert (No. 8) and Jones (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners.

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