BOB WEST ON GOLF: Courses welcome youth tourneys

Published 11:23 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2016

With June little more than two weeks away, it’s time for the area’s junior golfers to turn their attention to weekly summer tournaments being offered by the Southern Texas PGA.

Starting on June 6 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange, there will be nine consecutive weeks of tourneys for players competing on the Junior Tour, the Junior Links Tour and the Little Linksters Tour.

Most of the events on the Junior Tour, which entails boys and girls 13-14 and 15-18, are 18 holes and are played on Mondays. There are, however, two 36-hole tournaments — the June 20-21 Bruce Lietzke/STPGA Junior at Idlywild Golf Club and the July 12-13 YMBL/STPGA Junior at Bayou Din.

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The Junior Links Tour has nine-hole divisions for boys and girls 13-14 and 15-18. Little Linksters play co-ed 5 hole and 9 hole tournaments for ages 6-8.

All area courses but Rabbit Run host a tournament, with Sunset Grove the site of both the opening and closing event (Aug. 1). Other dates are June 13 at Brentwood Country Club, June 27 at Beaumont Country Club, July 5 at Henry Homberg Golf Course, July 18 at Babe Zaharias and July 26 at Babe Zaharias.

Players can register for any or all of the tournaments at

In addition to the tournaments available to juniors, weekly instructional clinics will be hosted at golf clubs thoroughout the area. A complete list of the clinics, who is conducting them and contact numbers for instructors can be found elsewhere in this section.


Twenty-seven years after his first hole in one, Paul Flores of Port Neches did it again Friday at Babe Zaharias. Flores, using a 7-iron from 137 yards, aced the 12th hole. Witnesses were Rick Pritchett, Ed Hetzel and Wes McDonald. …

Port Neches-Groves ex Braden Bailey is Baylor’s low man and is tied for 18th in a field of 75 players after 36 holes of the NCAA Kohler Regional.

Bailey has carded rounds of 74-71, is one over par and seven shots off the individual lead. Baylor, meanwhile, is in sixth place, two shots out of fifth. The top five teams advance to next week’s NCAA Championships. Final 18 holes in the Kohler regional is today. …

Congratulations to Little Cypress-Mauriceville senior Lauren Cox on landing a Division I scholarship with North Texas. Cox was rewarded after putting together the most impressive season I can remember for an area female player at the high school level.

She won seven tournaments, including the 4A regional, finished second once and placed fourth at state with rounds of 75-75. Over 14 tournament rounds, her average score was 72.6. …

It was not a good week for pros with area ties.

In the Players Championship, LU ex Shawn Stefani finished T72 on rounds of 74-68-80-73, while PN-G and LU grad Chris Stroud withdrew after 32 holes.

Stroud was going to miss the cut following an opening 75 and was looking at having to come back early Saturday morning to finish his suspended-by-darkness second round. On the Tour, former Kelly star Anthony Broussard placed T70 in the Rex Hospital Open. PN-G ex Andrew Landry (71-72) and West Orange-Stark’s Michael Arnaud (72-77) missed the cut.

Stroud, Stefani, Landry and LU ex Dawie van der Walt are all playing in the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Classic this week in Dallas. Arnaud and Broussard are entered in the’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, South Carolina. …

Cap Hollier of Groves authored a personal milestone Saturday at Zaharias with a best ever round of 69. It helped his team of Tim Turner, John Williams and Wes McGuire post a sizzling best two-ball of minus 9 to win the front nine in the Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias.

On the back there was a tie at minus-4 between the foursome of Gary Fontenot, Jim Jordan, Don MacNeil and Charlie Huckaby and the team of Craig Fontenot, Brett Yellot, Charles Leard and Mark Petry. …

The Friday Senior Game at the Babe was played in a best two-ball format. On the front, the team of Pritchett, Flores, Hetzel and McDonald won with minus-6.

The back went to the team of Gary Whitfill, Mike Norris, Ralph Childress and Jim Cooper, also at minus-6. …

The Thursday Senior Game at The Babe was played in a two-person, 9/9 flighted format. In First Flight, the duo of Hollier-Larry Thompson won with 64. Second flight finished in a tie at 67 between Auggie Segura-Bob Barnes and E.T. Robicheaux-Ray Darbonne. The team of Larry Rogers-Bob Moore took Third Flight with a 70. …

The Babe Zaharias DogFight wound up in a four-way tie between teams captained by Joe Gongora,

Whitfill, Hollier and Benny Sharpe. Closest to the pin winners were Sharpe (No. 2), Dave Sturgal (No. 7), Gene Hardy (No. 12) and Don Duplan (No. 15).

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