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McMakin scores ace at BCC, Grissom wins SET medal play

Sounds like former Lamar University golf coach Brad McMakin, who is now at Arkansas, may be coming back to Beaumont to recruit a family member in a few years. McMakin’s 14-year-old nephew, Art McMakin, recently scored a hole in one on the 140-yard, second at Beaumont Country Club. He used a 7-iron for the shot witnessed by his grandmother, Jan Allred . . . Both Babe Zaharias pro Ed Campbell and Bayou Din’s Clint Martin were encouraged enough by the turnout for last weekend’s 36-hole Southeast Texas Championship that they plan to continue with the event. With 18 holes played at Babe Zaharias on Saturday and 18 more at Bayou Din on Sunday, Tye Grissom carded rounds of 73-71 for a 144 to edge Alec Bruney by one stroke in Championship Flight. Other flight winners were Kevin Harrington (151 in First), John Dunn (153 in Second) and Fred Whitaker (159 in Third) . . . The Seniors at the Babe was played in a two–player 9-9 format, with best ball on the front and scramble on the back. There was a three way tie in First Flight, with the duos of Larry Stansbury-Larry Rogers, Rick Pritchett-Roger Koch and Adam Noel-Bill Fears all shooting 65. In Second Flight, Roy Martinez-Malcolm Tiller won with a 69, while Doc Richard-Ron Overstreet and Richard Sibley-Malcolm Clark tied for second at 71. Robert Lynch-Harold Wilkinson fired a 72 to win Third Flight by six strokes over LJ. Hardy-Paul Bourgeois. Closest to the pin winners were Tommy Linder (No. 2), Roy Martinez (No. 7), Ron Overstreet (No. 12) and Paul Duplantis (No. 15) . . . The team of Rick Pritchett, Cole Lee, Jim Cooper and Cecil Bourgeois finished 21&7 to win the Babe Zaharias Dogfight. Placing second at 20&10 was the foursome of Larry Padia, Tom Terrell, Harry Green and Charlie Huckaby. Closest to the pin winners were Gary Anderson (No. 2), John House (No. 7), Larry Thompson (No. 12) and David Evans (No. 15) . . . The Babe Zaharias Super Saturday Game was played in a Team 2 Ball Format. On the front nine, the foursome of Tony Trevino, Roger Koch, Ralph Thompson and Art Miller won with a 67. On the back, the team of Kevin Harrington, Gary Fontenot, Tommy Reeves and Ron Block placed first with a 68 . . . The Seniors at The Patch was played in a 2 Best Ball format. The front nine ended in a tie at minus 6 between the team of Charles Heider, Kent Aguillard, Joe Castleman and Bob Barnes and the team of Dennis Walsh, Ron Theriot, Riley Landry and Bill Draughon. The Heider team won the back in minus 8 . . . Norm Shannon and Ron Summerville tied for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks, finishing at plus four. Bob Briggs and Mike Hebert tied for third at plus three. Larry Guidry (No. 8) and Bill Taylor (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners. In the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks, Shannon was the outright winner with 0. Jim Brown and Ed Boone finished 2-3, respectively, with minus one and minus four . . . The Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour and Little Linksters Tour kicks off Monday, June 6 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. Full schedules and enrollment forms can be found online at www.stpgajuniorgolf.com. Anybody with questions should contact Ed Campbell at 722-8286 . . . Upcoming this Sunday at Babe Zaharias Memorial Golf Club is the Nederland Heritage Festival Six-Six-Six tourney. Two-player teams compete in six holes of best ball, six holes of alternate shot and six holes of scramble. Players will be flighted by the low handicap. Entry fee is $40 and covers greens fee and cart fee  . . . One of Southeast Texas’ longest running tournaments — the 34th Annual Babe Didrikson Zaharias-Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza Invitational — features a new format and special events tied into Zaharias 100th birthday. Format for the golf switches from a two-day best ball/scramble to a one-day four-person scramble on Saturday, June 11 at Brentwood Country Club. Entry fee is $600 per team. In conjunction with the tournament, there is a VIP reception Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn featuring New York Times writer Don Van Natta. Van Natta’s new book on Zaharias — Wonder Girl — is due for a June release. Those who pay $50 to attend the reception will receive an autographed copy of Wonder Girl and tickets to the tournament dinner and sports auction that starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Holiday Inn’s Galveston room. Anyone seeking a tourney invitation or more information should contact W.L. Pate at 833-4514 . . . The Southeast Texas Coaches Association is hosting its annual 3-person Scramble Friday, June 10 at Belle Oaks Golf Club. Entry fee is $180 per team, with drinks and food provided. To enter, call the Belle Oaks golf shop at 796-1311 or e-mail womackw@anahuac.isd.esc4.net. The tourney is a fund raiser for the Southeast Texas Coaches Association and is being played with in conjunction with its June 11 Southeast Texas All-Star football game.

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