BOB WEST ON GOLF: Stroud, Landry pace strong area showing on pro tours

Published 7:35 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It was another strong week in professional golf for players with ties to Southeast Texas, underscored by all five making cuts and three finishing in the top 20.

Andrew Landry had the highest finish with a 10th-place tie ($17,500) in the Tour’s Utah Championship, but it was Chris Stroud’s T19 ($67,500) in the John Deere Classic that was most noteworthy.

A special attaboy, meanwhile, goes to Michael Arnaud for making his second consecutive top 25 on the, earning him the right to play in this week’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha. Arnaud finished T19 ($7,191) in Utah.

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Also in the money were Shawn Stefani (T44, $17,405) in the John Deere and Dawie van der Walt (T68, $1,687) in Utah.

Stroud’s T19 at the John Deere followed a T20 the previous week in the Greenbrier Classic and continued his late climb up the FedEx Cup points list. He moved up eight places to No. 141.

If Stroud’s recent strong play continues — seven of his past eight rounds have been in the 60s — there is still an outside chance of sneaking into the top 125. He will be back in action Thursday in the Barbasol Championship in Alabama, and is No. 2 on the alternate list for the Canadian Open the following week.

Chris’ takeaway from the John Deere might well be how low he could have gone in the final round. He started birdie, eagle, was four under through four holes and had a 6-footer to get to five under at the fifth hole.

That putt missed, however, and he managed to add only two more birdies against a lone bogey for a 66. Along the way he missed birdie putts of 11, 13, 17, 18 and 20 feet. Still, the 66 was the seventh lowest round of the day.

Landry probably also walked away thinking what might have been. He was in position to win in what was a birdie fest in Utah or, at the very least, take over No. 1 on the money list. But he managed only a closing 69 for the T10 and remains No. 3 in money.

Though Landry is already guaranteed a return to the PGA Tour next year, finishing No. 1 on the money list provides extra perks. Included is a guarantee of getting into all of the open PGA Tour tourneys, in addition to a spot in the lucrative Players Championship.

As of today, Landry, with $236,518 in winnings, is $15,067 behind No. 1 Steven Jaeger on the money list. No. 2 Andrew Putnam is $11,017 ahead of him.

Two less shots on Sunday would have had the PNG ex No. 1 by $21,000. He will try to move past Jaeger and Putnam this week in Omaha.


Two aces and an unlikely eagle on the toughest hole on the course provided some memorable moments at Babe Zaharias last week.

Larry Voight of Port Neches completed a Zaharias hole-in-one grand slam when he sank his tee shot on the 142-yard, 12th hole. For Voight, who used a 7-iron, the significance was that he has now aced all four of the par-3s at The Babe.

Witnesses were Dale Perkins, B. Frazier and T. Derouen.

Bill Jones of Port Neches scored a hole-in-one on the 118-yard, seventh hole. Jones used a pitching wedge from 118 yards for the shot witnessed by Cap Hollier, Harold Wilkinson and Dwayne Morrison.

Don MacNeil of Groves authored the most spectacular shot of the week by knocking in a 3-wood from 185 yards for an eagle 2 on the difficult eighth hole. Witnesses were Ron LaSalle, Richard Menchaca and Bob West. …

In the Monday Senior 50 Plus Game at The Babe, the team of Kenny Robbins, Dillard Darbonne, Larry Foster, Steve Wisenbaker and Paul Brown won the front in minus-5. Minus-4 won the back for the foursome of Tony Trevino, Raymond Darbonne, Dan Chandler and Roger Baumer. …

The Friday two-ball game at Zaharias saw the front nine end a rare four-way tie. Teams captained by Joe Gongora, Tony Trevino, Paul Flores and West finished 1 under. Trevino’s team won the back at minus 4. …

Format for the Thursday Senior 55 Plus Game was Select Drive, All Points Count. Placing first with 36 points was the team of Hollier, Wilkinson, Morrison and Jones. Second with 31 points was the foursome of Larry Reece, Rick Pritchett, Ben Thornton and Harry Green. …

Closest to the pin winners were Hollier (No. 2), Jones (No. 7, No. 15) and Pritchett (No. 12). …

The team of Robbins, Tom LeTourneau, Don Duplan and Jimmy Thompson won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 17 points. Tied for second with 16 points were teams captained by Earl Richard and Hollier.

Closest to the pin winners were Richard (No. 2), Benny Sharpe (No. 7), Don Duplan (No. 12) and West (No. 15).

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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