BOB WEST CHIP SHOTS — PNG holding fundraiser March 21
Published 12:04 am Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Port Neches-Groves golf coach Jerry Honza has set a Saturday, March 21, date at Babe Zaharias for the team’s major fundraiser. Entry fee for a three-person scramble is $250, with hole sponsorships going for $100.
The event is open to all golfers. Honza is sending out a special plea for former PNG players to put together their own teams to participate in the event . . .
It was another rough week on tour for PNG exes Andrew Landry and Chris Stroud, with both missing the 54-hole cut in the AT&T Pro Am at Pebble Beach. Both had stretches of playing well but were ultimately sunk by inconsistency that led to too many bogeys.
Landry, after opening with a 76 at Pebble Beach, fought back with rounds of 69 at Spyglass Hill and 69 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The Saturday 69 featured five birdies, an eagle and five bogeys. It was the second consecutive week for Landry to close with five birdies and an eagle and have to settle for 69.
Stroud, missing a fifth straight cut, opened with a 76 at Spyglass, posted 70 at Monterey Peninsula CC, then caught fire on his outgoing nine at Pebble, shooting four-under 32. With the cut in site, Chris made two doubles on the back that led to a 43 and a 75.
Both Landry and Stroud are in the field for Tiger Woods’ Genesis Invitational this week at Riviera Country in Los Angeles. In Woods’ fourth year as tournament host, the event has been granted “elevated” status by the PGA Tour. That means a field of 120 instead of the normal 144 and a $2 million purse bump to $9.3 million.
The other regular PGA Tour stops that have been granted elevated status are Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial (in 2016) and Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational (2017). Woods, of course, will be trying to win a record 83rd PGA tournament, thus surpassing Sam Snead. Amazingly, Tiger’s never won at Riviera . . .
For those who may not have heard, one of the best courses within easy driving distance of the Golden Triangle – Rayburn Country – closed Jan. 31. The course, opened in 1968, had received a massive renovation after it was purchased in 2010 by a group headed by Beaumont attorney Walter Umphrey.
Rayburn Country received glowing reviews following the renovation, saw a spike in play and wound up hosting an Adams Pro Tour event for a few years. A financial disagreement between investors and property owners apparently led to the closing . . .
In the Monday Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias, the team of Bob West, Don MacNeal, Tommy Duhon, Adam Noel and Pete Reobroi won the front with minus 4. On the back, the team of Keith Mullins, Joe Gongora, Ron Mistrot and Dan Flood placed first with minus 2 . . .
The Super Saturday 2 ball at Zaharias saw the team of Doug LeBlanc, Rusty Hicks and Ron Hicks prevail on the front with even par. Even was also a winner on the back for the foursome of Cap Hollier, Ted Freeman, Charles Leard and Buddy Hicks . . .
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