, Port Arthur, Texas


June 5, 2012

Golf notepad: Dunn authors albatross at Zaharias

PORT ARTHUR — Dunn authors albatross at Zaharias

    Aces have been wild, especially at Bayou Din, since the last area notepad was published two weeks ago, but John Dunn of Orange trumped them all the ones with the year’s third reported albatross. Dunn, playing the par 5, 13th at Babe Zaharias, sank his second shot from 220 yards with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Jim Huebel, Doug Leblanc, Woody Doorman and Steve Wisenbaker . . . Larry Stone of Silsbee authored one of three aces at Bayou Din, holing a 5-iron on the 170-yard, 3rd on the Links Course. His playing companions included Harold Lawson, Jimmy Fetters, T.J. LeBlanc and Paul Young . . . J.R. Hardin of Port Neches scored a hole-in-one on the 145-yard, 11th on the Bayou Back. Hardin used a 6-iron for a shot witnessed by John Labrie, Wesley Patterson and Ernest Labrie . . . Also on the Bayou Back, Tony Bleuel of Beaumont recorded his first hole-in-one on the 142-yard, 17th. Bleuel swung an 8-iron. Wes Abby and Darrell Lowe were the on-course witnesses, but Charlie Cox, who was driving down Labelle Rd. when the ball fell into the cup, was the first person to notify the pro shop . . . Ace weren’t totally exclusive to Bayou Din. Roddy Weatherly produced one on the 115-yard, 4th at The Patch with a 52-degree gap wedge. Richard Sibley, Cap Hollier and John Fong were the witnesses . . . For those who may be wondering about the lack of news on Chris Stroud in Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifying, the only news was that he didn’t play. Stroud intended to try and qualify outside Memphis but withdrew because of complications with wife Tiffany’s pregnancy. Due to a disorder called Cholestasis of Pregnancy, the delivery of the Strouds’ second daughter has been moved up approximately three weeks to June 11. If all goes well, Chris hopes to return to the PGA Tour June 21 at the Traveler’s Championship in Cromwell, Conn. . . The Babe Didrickson Zaharias Junior Golfer of the Year Awards are due to be presented Friday night at the Montagne Center. Finalists in four categories are as follows: Boys Player of the Year — Max Anderson of West Brook, Jarrod Brown of PN-G and James Walker of LC-M. Girls Player of the Year — Brooke Brasseaux of LC-M, Allison Davis of Silsbee and Felicia Sauceda of Nederland. Boys Leadership Award — Braden Bailey of PN-G, Jeff Roundtree of Lumberton, Thaine Tillie of Nederland, James Walker of LC-M and Corbin Cormier of Kelly. Girls Leadership Award — LC-M’s Brasseaux, Nederland’s Sauceda, Silsbee’s Davis, Kathleen Thompson of Kelly and Jessi Barton of Lumberton . . . Already announced is the winner of the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Boys Golf Athlete of the Year. That honor went to PN-G freshman Braden Bailey in what had to be a close call over his Indian teammate, Jarrod Brown. The award will be presented Saturday night at halftime of the SETX Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at Lamar’s Provost-Umphrey Stadium . . . Four players from The First Tee of the Golden Triangle made strong showings last week in the USSSA Golf Swashbuckler Classic at the National Golf Club of Louisiana. Bailey placed second in Boys 15-18 with a 36-hole total of 146 (74-72), while Brandon Soileau finished T6 with a 167 (87-80). On the girls side, Sauceda won 15-18 with a 165 (88-77) and her Nederland teammate, Shelbi Vincent was second at 175 (89-86) . . . Drake Mosley of Devers, who is a member of the First Tee of the Golden Triangle, qualified for and was accepted to attend the week-long (June 3-9) Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy  at Hilton Head. Mosley is one of 50 participants . . . West Orange’s Michael Arnaud had another strong showing in the Adams Pro Golf Tour’s Bay Oaks Open in Houston last week. Arnaud, who won in his previous Adams start, fired a closing 65 to finish with a seven-under 281 and tie Lamar ex Dawie Van Der Walt for 6th. For finishing three shots off the winning pace of Roger Sloan, they each collected $2,556. PN-G ex Andrew Landry finished T22 and 289 and won $1,143 . . . The Port Arthur Sertoma Club Charity Scramble at Belle Oaks was won with a 51 by the team of Lee Comeaux, Ted Harp, Ben Sherrod and Shawn Strautkers. Tied for second with 52s were the foursome of Mike Crittendon, Randy Adcock, Bruce Henley and Randy Kaziah and the team of Logan Barton, John Tremble, Kale Hecker and George Gear. Closest to the pin winners were Kaziah (No. 3), Nicholas Brocato (No. 12) and Bryan  Jackson (No. 15). Comeaux won the long drive on No. 14 . . . The team of Andy Poulter, Randy White, Daniel Neely and Jason Vance fired a 54 to win the Roy Esquivel Memorial Scramble at Babe Zaharias. tied for second at 55 was the foursome of Butch Tillie, Thaine Tillie, Trey Tillie and Doug Bean and the team of Dennis Walsh, Richard Briggs, Bill Worsham and Ken Walton. Closest to the pin winners were Walsh (No. 2), Thaine Tillie (No. 7), Scott Bartlett (No. 12) and Josh Toppass (No. 15) . . . The team of Joe Landry, Lowell Benoit, Charles Huckaby and Ben Thornton won the May 30 DogFight at Babe Zaharias with 20&4. Second at 18&5 was the team of Steve Picou, Harry Green, Roger Baumer and Paul Brown. Closest to the pin winners were Hollis Whorton (No. 2), Paul Brown (No. 7), Gary Hanan (No. 12) and Steve Picou (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at the Babe was played in a team points format. Placing first at plus 13 was the foursome of Wadsworth Thompson, Bob Frazier, Dave Sturgal and Ray Holm. Second at plus 11 was the team of Rick Pritchett, Mark Petry, Larry Thompson and Stedman Tahaney. Closest to the pin winners were Ben Thornton (No. 2), Larry Thompson (No 7), Wadsworth Thompson (No. 12) and Dillard Darbonne (No. 15) . . . The Sabine Area Ladies Points Golf Association played their points tournament at Babe Zaharias. Placing first with 147 points was the foursome of Iris Marquardt, Beverly Hanes, Betty Balla and Lathe Naidy. Second at 144 was the team of Grace Lenard, Jan Hardy, Karen Cutura and Margaret Gore. Closest to the pin winners were Marquardt (No. 2), Carla Gallaspy (No. 7), Mary Brewer (No. 12) and Tina Blanchard (No. 17) . . . The Patch Seniors 50 Plus game was played in a 2 ball format. The front side  was won in minus 8 by the team of Larry Morris, Gary Tompkins, Joe Castleman and Glen Frederick. On the back, the team of Dennis Walsh, Don MacNeil, Charles Scott and Malcolm Clark tied at minus 8 with the team of Richard Briggs, Charles Heider, Cap Hollier and Tommy Lemire. Starting June 13, the Patch Seniors 50 Plus game will go to an earlier tee time of 8:30 a.m . . . Major Rising finished plus 7 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Ron Somerville was second at plus 3. Norm Shannon was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15. In the Friday Senior Game at Belle Oaks, Gene Jones won with plus 6, edging Joe Vanderweg by a point. Rufus Mier was third at plus 4. In the Monday, May 28 Senior Game, Bill Taylor won with plus 5. Ed Boone and Rising tied for second at plus 1. Jones was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . The Fraternal Order of Eagles 3743 annual tournament is set for Saturday at Babe Zaharias. The event is a four-person scramble with a 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team. Call 722-8286 for more information.

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