BOB WEST ON GOLF: Points an issue for PGA players

Published 10:24 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If the PGA Tour season had ended with last week’s Quicken Loans Invitational, all four of the players with Southeast Texas ties — Chris Stroud, Shawn Stefani, Dawie van der Walt and Andrew Landry — would have lost their playing card for next season.

To retain full status, a player must finish in the top 125 in FedEx Cup points. Stroud is currently No. 128, Stefani is No. 141, Van der Walt is No. 165 and Landry, after his impressive showing in the U.S. Open, is No. 184.

Fortunately, there is still time left on the clock.

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There are a maximum of six opportunities remaining for all four, starting with this week’s Barracuda Championship in Reno that is being played opposite the World Golf Championship at Firestone. After Reno, there won’t be another chance to move up until the Barbasol Championship July 14-17 in Opelika, Ala.

The reason for a big hole in the schedule is the cancellation of the Greenbrier Championship next week in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. D eadly flooding has forced only the third weather wipeout of a PGA Tour event.

The other cancellations were the Viking Classic in 2009 and the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Beyond those who are suffering in West Virginia, the loss of the popular Greenbrier event was a blow for every player above 125th in FedEx points. Stroud, in particular, was looking forward to the Greenbrier because the course sets up well for him.

Other chances to better their FedEx Cup position for the above-mentioned quartet are the July 21-24 Canadian Open, the Aug. 4-7 Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., the Aug. 11-14 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., and the Aug. 18-21 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

There are two other events during that time frame — the July 14-17 British Open and the July 28-31 PGA Championship. None of our guys, at this point, are eligible to participate in either of those two majors.

Stroud and Stefani both finished tied for 43rd in the Quicken Loans, earning $18,460. Van der Walt was T64 and made $14,214.


Port Neches-Groves ex Braden Bailey continued his stellar play in high level amateur tournaments last week, finishing tied for third in the Greystone Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.

A week after finishing tied for second in the Southwestern Amateur in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bailey carded rounds of 73-72-71-67 a for 5-under 283 that was three strokes off the winning pace of University of Houston junior Michael Perras.

Bailey’s closing 67 tied for the tournament’s low round. He will be back in action this week at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta. …

Bayou Din was the site of another tournament hole-in-one last week, as David Sempler of Parker aced the 142-yard, eighth hole with an 8-ron. What was Parker’s second hole in one came in the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Scramble.

Witnesses were Terry Schubert, Tim Delano and Mike Brassfield. …

William Miller of Beaumont fired an even par 72 to win the Boys 15-18 group in the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour stop at Beaumont Country Club.

Miller finished seven shots clear of Nicholas Beausoleil of Liberty. Other flight winners were Caleb Folmar of Buna (82 in Boys 13-14), Viviana Yzquierdo of Mont Belvieu (93 in Girls 15-18) and Elizabeth Townsend of Kountze (91 in Girls 13-14). …

Brice Parsley of Port Neches shot his best ever tournament round of 80 to win the Boys Gold flight in the Beltway Junior Tour tournament at Wildwood Golf Club. Brendan Marley of Nederland took second

place in a sudden death playoff with Cameron Barrett of Beaumont after both carded 83s. Marley birded the first playoff hole — No. 10 — to win the playoff.

It was his fifth birdie of the day, a personal best. Victor Aponte of Beaumont won Boys Silver with a 91, edging Hunter Christman of Orange by a stroke. Kylie Vanderweg of Port Neches took first in Girls Diamond with a 104. …

Patrick Prince bested Jessie Mudd in a sudden death playoff to take home the $3,000 first prize in the recent Silsbee MGA Invitational with a 54-hole total of 12-under-par. Tye Grissom finished a stroke back in third place.

Michael Cerosek won the Presidential Flight at 5-under, with Van Symon two strokes back. Match play flight winners were Richard Lohrman (Second Flight), Paul Breaux (Third Flight), Rick Erickson (Fourth Flight), Stanley Morrison (Fifth Flight), Pat Day (Sixth Flight) and Troy Brooks (Seventh Flight). …

Jim Huebel of Groves scored an eagle on the 518 yard, par-5, ninth hole at Babe Zaharias by sinking a 143-yard, 9-iron on his third shot. Witnesses were Rodney Bombeck, Mark Chandler, Carl Huckaby and Carl Holzapfel . …

There were ties on both the front and back nines in the Monday Senior 50 Plus two-ball game at Babe


On the front, the team of Rick Pritchett, Benny Sharpe, Dwayne Morvant and Mike Hollier matched the minus-5 put up by the foursome of Earl Richard, Larry Thompson, Tom LeTourneau and Bob Moore. The back saw the Pritchett team deadlock with the team of Kenny Robbins, Cap Hollier, Jim Mercer and Mark Petry, also at minus 5. …

The team of Craig Fontenot, Gene Jones, Larry Johnson and Petry scored a sweep in the Super Saturday two-ball game at Babe Zaharias, posting 6 under on the front and 4 under on the back. …

In the Friday two-ball game at Zaharias, the foursome of Steve Picou, Mike Norris, Bob Briggs and Roger Baumer won the front in minus-4. On the back, the team of Paul Young, Hollier, Roger Koch and Paul Duplantis finished first with minus-6. …

The Thursday Senior Game at the Babe was played in individual stroke play with handicap. Jim Jordan won First Flight with a 68, beating Pritchett and LeTourneau by two strokes. Adam Noel fired a 63 to clip Gary Hanan by a stroke in Second Flight. Bob Byerly won Third Flight with a 62. Ralph Childress was a distant second at 69. …

The Babe Zaharias DogFight was won with 15 points by the team of Joe Gongora, Don MacNeil, Koch and Darrell McKee. Closest to the pin winners were Pritchett (No. 2), B. Morrow (No. 7) and MacNeil (No. 12, No. 15).

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