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For those who may be wondering why Chris Stroud didn’t play the final round of the Players Championship Sunday, after making the 36-hole cut by shooting a 67 on Friday, his absence goes back to a 54-hole cut implemented in 2008.
Regular PGA Tour events have long made the cut at the low 70 plus ties. Since 2008, any time more than 78 players advance to the weekend, there is a second cut after 54 holes. Once again, only the low 70 and ties keep playing. Golfers who don’t make the second collect the equivalent of last place money.
Stroud, whose play has been up-and-down in the past month, stumbled to a third-round 79 that put him on the sidelines. His consolation prize was a check for $17,900 that boosts his winnings to $1,221,682 for the 2013-14 season. He sits at No. 44 on both the money and Fed Ex Cup points list.
The concern at this point is what his recent struggles have done to Stroud’s confidence. The mental part of the game, as all golfers know, can make or break a player. Stroud’s always been mentally tough, been great at grinding his way through a round, but he’s not immune to having a loss of confidence when things aren’t going well.
He’s skipping this week’s Byron Nelson in Dallas, then plans to return next week at the Colonial in Fort Worth. Colonial is a course that’s been good for him in the past. Hopefully, it will help him get things turned back in the right direction confidence-wise.
Meanwhile, despite the downer at The Players, Stroud had something to celebrate the day after with the announcement that he’s become the first golfer selected to the Southland Conference Hall of Honor. Induction is set for Tuesday night, May 20, at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco.
Earlier this year, you may remember, Chris was named for induction into the sports wing of the Museum of the Gulf Coast. A date for official ceremonies, which will be open to Stroud’s friends and fans, is pending.
CHIP SHOTS: In the absence of any aces to report, Tyler Feemster’s recent eagle 2 on Beaumont Country Club’s difficult 18th hole merits being today’s lead item. Feemster, a sophomore member of the PN-G golf team, holed a 6-iron from 171 yards. Witnesses were Cameron Keith, Blake Thibodeaux and Daniel Stevens . . . The team of Bryan Grant, Ron Theriot, Bobby Shelton and Jess McPhillips won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 19 points. Second with 15 points was the foursome of Billy Tucker, Carl Certa, Bobby Shelton and Gary Anderson. Closest to the pin winners were Tucker (No. 2), Alan Suire (No. 7) Ray Trahan (No. 12) and Certa (No. 15) . . . The Bayou Din DogFight was won with 21 points by the team of Tim Turner, Roger Baumer, Harry Green and John Denton. Second with 17 points was the team of Lonnie Labove, Billy Thillet, Tommy Leon and Arvie Young . . . The foursome of Andrew “Doc” Sigur, Eugene “Spider” Bryant, Josh Crum and Tim O’Brien fired a 60 to win the Memorial High School PTSA Scholarship Scramble. Tied for second at 62 was the team of Bryant Hardy, Royal Thomas, Woodie Edwards and Harold Williams and the team of Cody Metts, Charles Taylor, Larry Morris and Jack Smart. Closest to the pin winners were Morris (No. 7, No. 12) and Norman Carter (No. 15) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four-man scramble format, with the team of Bill Hanley, Jim Cooper, Jim Flowers and Harold Wilkinson claiming the top spot with a 60. Three teams tied for second at 62. Closest to the pin winners were Hanley (No. 2), Earl Richard (No. 7), Mark Petry (No. 12) and Pat Waite (No. 15) . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format, with the team of Tony Trevino, Butch Pittman, Larry Johnson and Larry Rogers winning the front in minus 5 and being part of a three-way tie for first on the back with minus 3. Also finishing minus 3 was the foursome of Roddy Weatherly, Ron Theriot, Bud Auffurth and Walter Colvin and the team of Billy Tucker, Bill Hanley, John House and Ron Overstreet . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was also played in a 2 ball format. Tied for first at minus 3 on the front was the team of Randy Monk, Harold Guidry, Ryan Thompson and Ron Theriot and the foursome of Rick Brunner, Joe Vanderweg, Carl Certa and Pete Reobroi. The back ended in a tie at minus 4 between the team of Larry Johnson, Ed Holly, Lee Bertrand and Robert Callaway and the team of Adam Noel, Roger Baumer, Jay Hampson and Gene Noble . . . Kurt Picard and Mitch Duncan are moving their base of teaching operations from Games People Play in Beaumont to Babe Zaharias. To make arrangements for lessons from Picard, call 549-1757. Duncan can be reached at 344-0205. Both Picard and Duncan plan to be involved with Jerry Honza on the STPGA Junior Tour and with the First Tee . . . There has been a change of date from May 24-25 to June 28-29 for the SETX Championship. The flighted stroke play event will open with 18 holes at Babe Zaharias, then move to Bayou Din for the closing round. More details on the event will be forthcoming . . . The Fourth Annual Roy Esquivel Memorial Tournament has been sent for Saturday, June 7 at Brentwood Country Club. It’s three-person scramble with a $60 entry fee and an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry forms are available Brentwood CC (840-9440) or by calling Billy or Barbara Curl (727-5688), Randy or Paula Poulter (727-7004), Lane or Mickie Emmett (727-7453) or Hayden White (749-4917).
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