Straud, Arnaud deliver strong tour efforts

Published 9:39 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chris Stroud’s tie for 20th in the Greenbriar Classic highlighted a week that saw four area pros make cuts on the PGA and Tours.
Next to Stroud, West Orange-Stark ex Michael Arnaud had the best week, finishing T18 in the Tour’s LECOM Health Classic in New York. Others in the money included Lamar exes Shawn Stefani (T37, $31,284) in the Greenbriar and Dawie van der Walt (T59, $1,554) in the LECOM.
Stroud, bouncing back strong from an 83 in his last tournament round the week before, added to his history of playing well at the West Virginia resort where Sam Snead used to hang out. Rounds of 69-69-67-69 on the par 70 Old White layout earned him $69,501 and moved him up nine places to No. 149 in Fed Ex points.
Though still somewhat of a long shot, the former PN-G and Lamar star still has a chance to make it into the top 125 and regain full time status. Starting with this week’s John Deere Classic, he should be able to get into at least three and possibly four more tournaments before the Fed Ex year closes.
Since the John Deere, the Barbasol Classic in Alabama and the Barracuda Classic in Reno don’t offer as many points as top of the line events do, he’d probably need a couple of top 10s, maybe more. But it is doable if he can get on a roll.
Meanwhile, the best story of last week had to be Arnaud. He’d not played in a single event this year, and had to Monday qualify to get into the LECOM. He did that with a 65, opened the tourney with another 65, stumbled to rounds of 74-71, then closed with a 67 to get his T18.
It earned him $7,560 and entry into this week’s Utah Championship.
Arnaud had been keeping his game sharp playing on the Adams Tour, where he is No. 4 on the money list ($48,045.99) with a win and a second place in seven starts. He also won the professional flight last month in Silsbee.

CHIP SHOTS: Trey Villemez of Fannett made himself a special memory on a Colorado vacation that included a visit to his grandfather, Kenneth Duhon. Trey, 32, who plays golf only once a year on the Colorado trip, scored his first hole in one with a pitching wedge on the 72-yard No. 2 hole at Mount Massive GC in Leadville. Witnesses were Duhon, Mitch Jennings from Hamshire and Tyler Brown from Port Arthur.
Rocco Mastrangelo of Beaumont scored his third hole in one when he sank his tee shot on the 135-yard, 6th hole at Henry Homberg Golf Club. Mastrangelo used a 9-iron. The shot was witnessed by Phil Veillon.
Brendan Marley of Nederland put together rounds of 73-74 at Bayou Din to win the YMBL/STPGA Junior Tour stop at Bayou Din. Marley finished four shots clear of Jack Burke of Orange who posted rounds of 76-75.
Other flight winners included Elizabeth Townsend of Kountze (172 in Girls 15-18), Joe Penland III of Beaumont (180 in Boys 13-14) and Grant Doggett of Beach City (175 in Boys 11-12).
Bryce Parsley of Port Neches and Marley of Nederland shot 77s to tie for first place in the Boys Gold Flight of the Beltway Junior Tour tournament at Babe Zaharias. The players remained tied through two holes of a sudden death playoff, then lightning ended play for the day.
Parlsey was declared the winner based on a scorecard playoff on the 8th hole.
In Boys Silver, Xander Parks of Orange won with a 76, finishing six shots clear of his brother, Lincoln. Tatum Bean of Groves won the 9-hole modified
Girls Pearl Flight, while Campton Seymore of Vidor took the 5-hole modified Ruby/Iron Flight.
The Monday Senior 50 Plus 2 ball at Babe Zaharias saw a two-way tie on the front at minus 3 between the team of Earl Richard, Rick Pritchett, Bob
Luttrull and Pete Reobroi and the foursome of Bill Hanley, Gary Fontenot, E.T.
Robiceaux and Wes McGuire.
On the back, the team of Gary Whitfill, Ron LaSalle, Lee Bertrand and Larry
Foster won with minus 6.
In the Saturday Super Senior 2 ball at Zaharias, the team of Bill Hanley, Cap Hollier, Gene Jones and McGuire took the front with minus 4. On the back, the team of Mike Lansford, Harrell Guidry, Cole Lee, Jay Hampson and Reobroi won with minus 4.
The Friday 2 ball at Zaharias had a two-way tie on the front at minus 5 between Whitfill, Guidry, Lee and Jeff Rinehart and the team of Tony Trevino, Benny Sharpe, Curtis Harrington and Roger Baumer. The Trevino team won the back with minus 6.
Wednesday’s Babe Zaharias DogFight ended in a two-way tie. Finishing with 18 points was the team of Pritchett, Mike Rodgers, Don Duplan and Jess McPhillips and the foursome of Raymond Darbonne, Tom LeTourneau, Charlie Leard and Harold Wilkinson.
Closest to the pin winners were Ron Mistrot (No. 2), Rodgers (No. 7), Duplan (No. 12) and James Shipley (No. 15).

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