Landry only area pro having a good year in golf

Published 2:13 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Other than Andrew Landry, it has been a down year in professional golf for players with Southeast Texas ties. The PN-G ex, who is taking the week off, has won once on the Tour, stands third on the money list ($219,018) and is assured of returning to the PGA Tour for the 2017-18 season.
The picture is considerably more murky for Lamar University exes Chris Stroud, Shawn Stefani and Dawie van der Walt. Without a strong closing kick, all three will need a sizzling showing in the Tour’s season-ending tournament to earn status on the PGA Tour next year.
Stroud, after shooting an 83 in the second round of last week’s Quicken Loans Championship to miss another cut, stands 158 in Fed Ex Cup points and is 173 on the PGA Tour money list ($312,124). Stefani, who made the cut last week and finished T55, is 166 in Fed Ex points and 183 in money ($261,187).
Van der Walt is completely off the radar, as he’s not even in the top 100 on the money list.
Stroud and Stefani are both playing in this week’s Greenbriar Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Some of you may remember that tournament was not played last year, due to horrendous flooding that virtually destroyed the golf course and did massive damage to one of America’s great resorts.
Stroud, by the way, has had success on Greenbriar’s Old White TPC course that hosts the tourney. The Port Neches-Groves ex has had two top 10 finishes there in the past five years.
An interesting football sidebar to the Greenbriar is that the Houston Texans will be holding a portion of training camp there in July and August. The Texas have always held their entire camp in Houston but wanted to get away from the city’s heat.
Houston won’t be the first NFL team to hold training camp at the Greenbrier.
The New Orleans Saints spent a few summers at the West Virginia retreat which boasts four golf course and an underground casino.
CHIP SHOTS:  The Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour and Little Linkster Tour rolled past the half way point in their schedules with competition Monday at Wildwood Golf Club. In deference to the long running Wildwood Old Glory tournament always played over the July 4 weekend, this one was dubbed the Junior Old Glory.
Brendan Marley of Nederland walked away with the championship in Boys 15-18 by shooting an 81. That was good for a four shot victory over Brody Jeanes of Sour Lake and was five clear of third place finisher Teddy Reese of The Woodlands.
Other flight winners on the Junior Tour portion were Justan Stanley of Village Mills in Boys 13-14 and Emma Englefield of New Braunfels in Girls 15-18. Stanley’s 104 won by two strokes over Blake Makelki of Port Neches, while Englefield 88 was 13 shots better than runner-up Shelby Johnson of Winnie.
On the Little Linksters side of the tourney, the winners were Lincoln Parks of Orange (32 in Boys 9-10, 9 hole modified), Xander Parks of Orange (40 in Boys 11-12, 9 hole Red) and Maggie Stutz of Orange (42 in Co-ed 6-8, 5 hole modified).
Other winners were Foster Cecka of Port Neches (43 in Co-ed 6-8, 9 hole modified), Annabel Cardenas of Beaumont (57 in Girls 11-12, 9 hole modified) and Mattie Purgahn of Orange (42 in Girls 9-10, 9 hole modified).
Next stop on the STPGA Junior Tour is Bayou Din for the July 10-11 YMBL event . . .
The team of Bill Hanley, Rick Pritchett and Gary Fontenot ran away from the competition on the front nine of the Tuesday Twister Senior Game at Babe
Zaharias, winning with a two ball of minus 7. On the back, the foursome of
Craig Geoffroy, James Shipley, Wes McDonald and Troy Touchet prevailed with minus 4 . . .
In the Monday Senior 55 Plus two ball at Zaharias, the team of Kenny
Robbins, E.T. Robiceaux, Larry Foster and Pete Reobroi won the front with minus 4. On the back, there was a tie at minus 4 between the team of Tony
Trevino, Josh Youngblood, Kap Wood and Eddie Gore and the foursome of Joe
Gongora, Ronnie LaSalle, Don Duplan and Charlie Perez . . .
The Super Saturday Senior two ball at The Babe saw the team of Dwain
Anderson, Jeff Huffman, Charles Leard and Dan Flood take the front in minus 3.
On the back, there was a tie at minus 1 between the foursome of Earl Richard,
Cap Hollier, Dillard Darbonne and Wes McGuire and the team of Craig Fontenot, Ed Holley, Harry Green and John Ramsey.
Friday’s two ball at Zaharias had Geoffroy, Tom LeTourneau, McDonald and Green winning the front in minus 1. On the back, minus 4 was a winner for Craig Fontenot, Larry Thompson, Pritchett and Reobroi.
Fifteen points won the Wednesday Babe Zaharias DogFight for the team of Bim Morrow, Gerald Huebel, James Trahan and Don Duplan. Placing second with 14 points was the team of LeTourneau, Mike Rodgers and Roger Baumer.
Closest to the pin winners were Hollier (No. 2, No. 7), LeTourneau (No. 12) and Carl Hudman (No. 15).

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