BOB WEST CHIP SHOTS — Braden Bailey finishes T4 at Mackenzie Tour Q school

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Among those dealt a blow by the pro golf shutdown was PNG ex Braden Bailey. Honing his game for the Mackenzie Tour Q school in two weeks, Bailey put together one so-so round, then three really good ones to finish T4 in last week’s APT Tour Coke/Dr Pepper Open.

Bailey shot rounds of 70-68-66-64 to finish at 20-under-par 268. That was three shots off the winning total of Greg Eason in the event played at Oakwing Golf Club in Alexandria, Louisiana. Braden was set to play in the APT’s Paragon Championship this week, but it has been postponed . . .

Like everybody else in the Players Championship, PNG alums Andrew Landry and Chris Stroud got in 18 holes before the plug was pulled. Landry shot one-under-par-71, despite a tee ball in the water on the infamous 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Stroud posted 74.

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Both players collected a check for $52,088 as the tour dispersed half the purse evenly among the 144 players in the field. The money does not count as official earnings . . .

LC-M ex Lauren Cox, a former winner of the Babe Zaharias Female Player of the Year Award, recently won her first college individual title by shooting a 54-hole total of 216 in the Entrada Classic at St. George, Utah. Cox, a senior, carded rounds of 72-69-75 over Snow Canyon CC.

Her victory was the first individual title for a female player at UNT since the 2012-13 season. It earned Cox Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors for the second time this season.

In the Monday Senior 50 Plus 2 ball at Zaharias, the team of Bob Byerly, Bob Luttrell, Jeff Rinehart and Pete Reobri won the front with minus four. On the back, the foursome of Jim Cady, Aubrey Ward, Dan Flood and Gary Henderson placed first with minus 3.

Cady contributed mightily to his team’s victory with eagles on both of the back nine par 5s – No. 10 and No. 13. He wound up shooting 69 . . .

The Saturday Super Senior 2 ball at Zaharias saw the team of Ed Holley, Rufus Reyes, Harry Green and Buddy Hicks blow away the competition by finishing minus 10. Holley paved the way for that by shooting 32 on his own ball.

On the back, there was a tie at minus 3 between the team of Price Youngs, Rick Pritchett, Jim Schexnaider, Dwayne Benoit and Reobri and the foursome of James Shipley, Don MacNeil, Rinehart and Ron Hicks . . .

Gene Jones’ team of Tony Trevino, John Jessen and Reobri won the front in the Friday 2 ball at Zaharias with minus 7. The back ended in a tie at minus 3 between the team of Ron LaSalle, Gary Whitfill, Raymond Darbonne and Benoit and the foursome of Doug LeBlanc, Derrick Wolf, Steve Wisenbaker and Lyndon Orjo . . .

Format for Wednesday’s Babe Zaharias DogFight was flighted two-man teams playing nine holes of best ball and nine holes of scramble.

The duo of Keith Mullions-Reyes shot 65 to win First Flight by two strokes over Holley-LaSalle. In Second Flight, the team of Wolf-Rusty Hicks won by four shots with 66. Third Flight went to Charles Leard-Benoit at 69. Frank LeBlanc-Everett Baker took Fourth Flight with an 80.

Closest to the pin winners were Darbonne (No. 2), Robert Lynch (No. 7), Larry Johnson (No. 12) and Keith Marshall (No. 15).

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