BOB WEST ON GOLF: Zaharias seizes Aquila Cup back from Idylwild

Published 3:24 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Babe Zaharias pro Mitch Duncan’s got revenge last weekend in Southeast Texas’ version of the Ryder Cup, as his Zaharias team won the Aquila Cup over Idylwild Golf Club 13 1/2 to 10 1/2.

Zaharias took Friday’s best ball matches played at Idylwild, 5-1, then prevailed 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 in the alternate shot format played Saturday at Zaharias. That opened a near insurmountable 8 1/2 to 3 1/2 margin. Idylwild came out on top 7-5 in Sunday’s singles on its home course.

For those who are curious, there really is an Aquila Cup and it is on display in the Zaharias pro shop. That is much to the relief of Duncan, who took some serious grief after his team lost the inaugural competition and the cup put up by Aquila Golf’s George Brown last year.

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Winners in Sunday’s singles for The Babe were Ralf Barbaso 3&2 over Todd Osborn, Trey Fournier 1 up over Galen Key, Joey Parks 1 up over Danny Lovett and  Jordan Leger 5&4 over Dave Jannise.

Two matches ended in halves, with Duncan coming from five down on the back nine to tie Idylwild pro David Bell and Seth Corkan playing to no decision against Matt Dinkle.


Larry Reece of Port Neches got a chance to celebrate his first ever hole in one Monday at Babe Zaharias. Reece used a pitching wedge from 106 yards on the 15th hole to record the ace. Witnesses were Duane Morvant, Raymond Darbonne and Paul Brown …

Port Neches-Groves’ departing senior Josh Elmore has qualified his way into the Texas State Amateur championship for the second consecutive year. Elmore earned his spot by shooting a 71 in a qualifier held last week at Eagle Point. The Texas Amateur is set for June 14-17 at Whispering Pines.

Elmore made news again this week when he signed on Tuesday to play at the next level for Midland College …

Jerry Honza will teach with Lamar women’s golf coach Jessica Steward at Bayou Din in the Lamar University Girls’ Golf Academy June 18-22.

The Academy is open to the first 16 girls ages 8 to 18 to register.

Players of all ability levels will receive instruction on putting, chipping, bunker play, tee shots, trouble shots and practice planning. A $225 registration fee includes a participant gift, drinks/snacks and camp awards.

Discounts are available to siblings, high school teammates and LU employees’ children. Girls can register online at  

Winning team in the Monday Senior 50 Plus 2 ball at Babe Zaharias was made up of Cap Hollier, Bob Byerly, Bob Luttrull and Jeff Greenway. They finished at minus-5. On the back, the team of Kenny Robbins, Benny Sharpe, Gary Fontenot and Carl Certa won with minus-4 …

The Monday Cooksey Group 2 ball at Zaharias saw the foursome of Johnny Page, Mike Norris, Walter Colvin and Wadsworth Thompson tie the front at minus-6 and win the back at minus-6. Also minus-6 on the front was the team of Joe Landry, Jerry Boudreaux, Mike Brown and Don Bryson …

In the Saturday Super Senior Game at Zaharias, the team of Joe Gongora, Rick Pritchett, Harrel Guidry and Jay Hampson took the front in minus 4. Minus-1 won the back for the foursome of Hollier, James Shipley, Thad Borne and Tyler Rickoff …

Minus-6 took the front for the team of Paul Flores, Guidry, Larry Johnson and Cole Lee in the Friday Senior 2 ball at Zaharias. The back went to the foursome of Russ Gloede, Ron Mistrot, Larry Foster and James Trahan with minus-3 …

The Wednesday Zaharias DogFight ended in a tie at 19 points between the team of Pritchett, Lee Bertrand, Eddie Delk and Sid Ducote and the team of Joe Gongora, Larry Foster, Wes McGuire and a ghost player.

Closest to the pin winners were Pritchett (No. 7), Fontenot (No 12) and Robbins (No. 15) …

Lamar ex Shawn Stefani pocketed $55,825 after a tie for 26th in the Byron Nelson Classic. Stefani had put himself in position for a big payday after opening with rounds of 66-66-69 but slipped to 71 on Sunday. He moved up six spots in 138 in FedEx Cup point.

Andrew Landry (13th in Fed Ex) and Chris Stroud (155) return to the tour this week in the newly named Fort Worth Invitational. It’s a new name but an old course — Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth …

How good was Michael Arnaud on the way to shooting rounds of 69-60-65-63 to win the BMW Pro-Am last week in South Carolina? Stroud maintains that Arnaud’s game was so strong he probably would have won the Byron Nelson.

“I honestly don’t think anybody could have beat him last week,” said Stroud. “He was in that zone, in that mental state which is so rare. He did not have the mental handcuffs which sometime slow down a player who is going low. He was so confident he just aimed and shot and trusted the outcome.”

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