, Port Arthur, Texas


April 1, 2014

West golf notepad: Belaire, Bonin, Lowe celebrate aces


    Kenneth Belaire of Port Neches, Robert Bonin of Groves and Darrel Lowe of Fannett all got to unleash hole-in-one celebrations in recent days. Belaire scored what was hit second ace with a 7-iron on the 155-yard, 7th at Babe Zaharias. Witnesses were Monroe Pratt, Bubba Brevell, Bobby Edge and Billy Tucker. Bonin’s ace, his third, came from 122-yards on the 12th at Zaharias, and was struck with an 8-iron. Looking on were Tom Lawton, Mike Rodgers, Lee Soliz and Mark Roccaforte. Lowe authored his second ace with a 9-iron on the 155-yard,  8th on the Links Course at Bayou Din. Ed Galloway, Dickie Brocato and Tony Bleuel witnessed the shot . . . Former Belle Oaks superintendent Bryan Jackson is about to get back into the golf business. Jackson has entered into an agreement with Wildwood Golf Club to be a consultant for a major improvement project that will include redoing all the greens and reworking the bunkers. The project won’t begin in earnest in earnest until after Wildwood’s signature tournament — the Old Glory Invitational — on  July 4th weekend. Jackson also has a deal with Idylwild Golf Club’s  Ronnie Pfleider to spend one 10-hour day a week working on that course’s greens . . . For those planning to make the trip to Humble to watch local favorite Chris Stroud in the Shell Houston Open, he tees off at 8:50 a.m. Thursday on No. 10 and 1:40 p.m. Friday on No. 1. He’s paired with Robert Garrigus and Brian Stuard . . . Big story coming out of the SHO last year was Lamar University golf coach Brian White working with struggling D.A. Points on his putting. White changed his travel plans to work with Points the day before the tournament started, then Points fired an opening-round 64. He would follow up with rounds of 71-71-66 and win by one shot over Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson. Points has had White on retainer ever since . . . David Feldschau-Justin Burleson teamed for a 65 to win First Flight in the Nederland Heritage Festival Two-Person Scramble at Zaharias. Paul Flores-Tommy Broussard placed second with a 67, with Cody Metts-Bill Hanley third at 68. Mitch Priddy-Jerry Johnson took Second Flight with a 74, finishing two shots clear of Ivory Hatch-Cody Almand and Erick Tallent-Ronnie Delchambra . . . The team of Earl Richard, Ray Trahan, David English and Gene Hardy won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 14 points. There was a three-way tie for second at 13 points. English (No. 2), Billy Tucker (No. 7), Roger Koch (No. 12) and Ron Theriot (No. 15) were closest to the hole winners . . . Playing in a format that called for best ball on the front and scramble on the back, the duo of Bill Hammond-Randy Becker teamed for a 72 to win First Flight in the Bayou Din DogFight. Second at 74 was the team of Craig Fontenot-Rick Pritchett. In Second Flight, there was a tie at 80 between the team of Jack Anderson-Jim Cooper and Mark Petry-Art Miller. Closest to the hole winners were Arvie Young (No. 3), Russ Gloede (No. 8), Pritchett (No. 12) and Miller (No. 17) . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a two-ball format. On the front, the team of Roddy Weatherly, Walter Colvin, Jim Cooper and John House won with minus 5. The back went to the foursome of Jim Mercer, Bill Draughon, J. Anderson and Carl Certa. They were minus 3 . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-person, three-ball format. Plus 10 was the winning number on the front, for the team of Gerald Huebel, Bill Fears, Ron Overstreet and Harold Wilkinson. Victorious on the back with plus 10 was the foursome of Russ Gloede, Richard Sibley, Joe Benoit and Dwayne Morrison. Overstreet won closest to the pin on both No. 2 and No. 12 . . . The Super Saturday Game at Belle Oaks was played in a two-ball format. There was a tie on the front at minus 1 between the team of Joe Gongora, Harrell Guidry, Dan Flood and Lee Bertrand and the foursome of Adam Noel, Andrew Sigur, Richard Sibley and Don Duplan. On the back, the Noel team won with even par . . . There was a three-way tie for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks, with David Vorpahl, Major Rising and Ed Boone all finishing plus 3. Rising won closest to the pin  on No. 15 .

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