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CHIP SHOTS — Braden Bailey finishes tied for 5th; local competition heats up at Zaharias

Braden Bailey knocked some competitive rust off with a solid showing Monday and Tuesday in the North Texas PGA Players Tour event at Hackberry Creek Golf Club in Irving. Bailey finished tied for fifth with a 3-under 141 following rounds of 74-67.

The Port Neches-Groves ex got within a stroke of the lead after playing his first 12 holes in 6 under on Tuesday, but bogeys at 14 and 16 set him back.

He did most of his damage by making birdies on all 5 of Hackberry Creek’s par 5s. In Monday’s round, he’d jumped out to 3-under in the first 6 holes, but fell back with a double bogey at 7.

The team of Gerald Huebel, Rick Pritchett, Don MacNeil and Darrell Mouille won the front in the Tuesday Senior 2 ball at Zaharias with even par. The back ended in a two-way tie at plus 3 between the team of Keith Mullins, Cap Hollier, Bobby Kimball and Frank LeBlanc and the team or Ron LaSalle, Danny Robbins, Luke Anderson and a ghost player . . .

In the Monday Senior 50 Plus 2 ball at Zaharias, the team of Jim Cady, Tony Trevino, Everett Baker and Cole Lee won the front with minus 2.

On the back there was a tie at plus 1 between the team of Calvin Landry, Bobby Wactor, Rufus Reyes and Mouille and the foursome of Kenny Robbins, Gary Fontenot, Bob Luttrell and Carry Foster .

The Super Saturday 2 ball at Zaharias saw the team of Price Youngs, Thad Keishnick, Joe Jackson and Dan Harrington take the front with minus 2. There was a three-way tie on the back at plus 1 between teams captained by Mullins, James Vercher and Cady.

James Shipley fired the low individual round of 70.

A sizzling minus 5 won the front for the team of Doug LeBlanc, Steve Wisenbaker, Luttrell and Baker in the Friday Zaharias 2 ball. The foursome of Kenny Robbins, Trevino, Bill Hanley and Stetard Ellis placed first on the back with minus 1.

Joe Gongora was medalist with a 71.

In the Thursday Zaharias 2 ball, the team of Vercher, Pritchett and Larry Johnson tied the front with the threesome of LeBlanc, Wisenbaker and Hollier. The LeBlanc team took the back with minus 3.

Wisenbaker authored the low individual round of 73.

The Wednesday Zaharias DogFight was played in an all-points-count format. Tying for first with 16 points was the team of LeBlanc, Wactor, Scott Bryant and Paul Brown and the foursome of Pritchett, Hollier, Harrell Guidry and Dwayne Benoit.

Closest to the pin winners were Raymond Darbonne No. 2 (6 feet, 3 inches), No. 7 Danny Robbins (1-5), No. 12 Bryant (15-0) and No. 15 Benoit (1-8).

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