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Tough week for golfers with area ties

By Bob West

The News Sports

Last week was a tough one for Southeast Texans at all levels of the golfing spectrum. Chris Stroud, after playing his first six holes in three under, shot 73-74 and missed the cut in the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship. Andrew Landry, despite shooting 69-69-71, missed the 54 hole cut in the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Web.com Tour. PN-G ex Jarrod Brown posted a 36-hole score of 154 to place T95 among individuals in the NCAA Division III championships in Greensboro, N.C.  His Mary Hardin-Baylor team finished T17 and missed the cut to play in the final 36 holes. Nederland ex Shelbi Vincent shot rounds of 81-79-81-88 for a 329 that was T72 in the NAIA Women’s National Championshipships in Savannah, Ga. Teammate Brooke Brasseaux from LC-M was T64 with a 324 as their University of Houston-Victoria team finished 15th in a field of 17 teams. Lamar ex Shawn Stefani proved to be the exception to the rule of last week’s woes. Stefani finished T9 at the Wells Fargo on rounds of 69-70-70-69, picked up a check for $184,600 and improved to No. 26 in Fed Ex Cup points  . . . For Stroud, the missed cut dropped him to No. 121 in Fed Ex points and in a definite danger zone for retaining his PGA Tour card. He must be in the top 125 by the completion of the Aug. 20-23 Wyndham Championship to avoid being forced to spend some time on the Web.com Tour. Starting with this week’s Colonial in Fort Worth, there are 12 tournaments for which Stroud is currently eligible before the regular-season ends. HIs current plans are to play at least the next three — Colonial, the Byron Nelson and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial — before taking time off . . . The Colonial, by the way, could be facing serious weather-related problems. The historic Fort Worth layout linked to Ben Hogan was inundated with heavy rains last week and has some serious problems with standing water. The latter part of the week calls for more heavy rain in North Texas . . . The T&N Labs team of Ron Carlin, Barry Uptagrove, Tim Saenz and Johnathan Murphy carded a 57 to place first in the Bridge City/Orangefield Rotary Scramble at Babe Zaharias. Closest to the pin winners were Jeff Landry (No. 2), Mike Johnson (No. 7), Gary Richardson (No. 12) and Andy Meshwert (No. 15.). Ron Carlin took the award for the long drive on No. 18, while T.W. Permenter and Ronald LeBlanc grabbed the long-putt prizes on No. 1 and No. 9, respectively  . . . The team of Cody Metts, Tim Turner, Dan Flood and Larry Rogers placed first in the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 17 points. There was a tie for second at 15 points between the foursome of Larry Stansbury, John House, Bob Byerly and Don Duplan and the team of Earl Richard, Ed Hetzel, Don MacNeil and Tom Letourneau. Closest to the hole winners were Letourneau (No. 2), Byerly (No. 7), Richard (No 12) and Turner (No. 17) . . . The Senior Game at The Babe was played in a four person, 2 ball scramble. On the front nine, the team of Stansbury, Bill Jones, Bob Moore and Ron Theriot won with minus 5. The back wound up in a tie at minus 3 between the team of Cap Hollier, Rodney Christman, Ray Trahan and Bob Frazier and  the foursome of Raymond Darbonne, Byerly, Pete Reobroi and Rogers. Closest to the pin winners were Dwain Morrison (No. 2), Hollier (No. 7), Ben Thornton (No. 12) and Jones (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-best ball format, with the team of Adam Noel, Larry Johnson, Larry Vicknair and Reobroi taking the front in minus 6. On the back, the team of Rick Pritchett, Harrell Guidry, Harry Green and John Ramsey was low with minus 4 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Zaharias was played in a best 2-ball format. On the front, there was a tie at minus three between the team of Letourneu, Paul Brown, Hollier and MacNeil and the team of Richard, P.Y. Young and Bob Byerly. The back was won at minus 5 by the team of Roddy Weatherly, Ronnie LaSalle, Larry Foster and Bob Moore . . . Port Neches-Groves is hosting a June 1-4 summer golf camp at Babe Zaharias in conjunction with the First Tee of the Golden Triangle. Students in kindergartern through 9th grade are welcome. Instruction will be provided by PGA professional Kurt Picard, PGA apprentice Mitch Duncan and the PN-G golf team. For more information, contact Ricky Keyes at 466-1263 . . . Mizuno Golf, with the help of Babe Zaharias instructors Duncan  and Picard, is planning a club fitting day from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Zaharias. Mizuno reps will be on hand with their newest woods, irons and wedges for anyone interested in getting custom fitted or testing out their equipment. Mizuno specialists are trained in adjusting lofts and lie angles and recommending shaft types and lengths.
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About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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