BOB WEST – Astros offer interesting mix of baseball and golf – Port Arthur News
BOB WEST – The Astros offer an interesting blend of baseball and golf
Published at 12:08am Thursday 10 November 2022
What better time to mix golf and baseball than the beautiful twilight of the second Astros World Championship, and the Houston Open was likely saved from extinction four years ago by team owner Jim Crane.
The above is especially noteworthy because the sensors are arriving at a Southeast Texas institution that helps families offset the cost of debilitating illnesses through a dynamite auction. The highlight of this year’s Grant’s Guardians auction is the bat signed by one of Jeremy Pena.
Originally, the bat, donated by Brian Bridgeman of Energy Metals in Houston in July, was a cute little item for silent auction. Four months later, Pena’s Golden Glove, ALCS MVP Award and later World Series MVP Trophy go to live auction next month, with the price escalating by the minute.
“It’s unbelievable,” says Jeremy Grant. “Brian donates to us every year. When he introduced the Pena bat in July, I was glad to have it. But who would have imagined what awaits him. I have no idea what this bat will turn out to be, but I do know that the Pena collectibles are rising.”
While the bat will now be sold out at the Foundation’s Tacky Sweater Christmas Party on December 10, bids can be submitted starting this week on the Grant Guardians Facebook page. If you have questions about bats or other auction items, call (409) 960-2121.
By the way, Grant’s Guardians have raised more than 450 thousand dollars since 2015 and have given Christmas gifts to 120 children and Christmas dinners to 50 families. This year’s recipient is Branson Shaw, a 10-year-old who suffers from an unknown and extremely painful illness that he has been suffering from at Texas Children’s Hospital for a long time.
Knowing Jim Crane’s well-deserved reputation for being a servant-leader, and apparently a top-notch, caring young Bena, you’d have to think they’d be pleased to know about the Astros’ contribution to Shaw.
Meanwhile, Crane, indulging in talk of the well-earned dynasty, should be pleased with the course that the Houston Open has drawn this week, despite the difficult history. World number two Scotty Scheffler tops a list of 27 of the top 100, including number 12 Sam Burns, number 15 Tony Finau and number 19 Hideki Matsuyama.
PNG graduate Chris Stroud and former Lamar MJ Dafoe will also try to downplay the revamped Memorial Park design that will host the Houston Open for the third time. Interestingly, 2021 champion Jason Kokrac, as a LIV defector, was not invited back.
Going forward, as the PGA Tour makes sweeping changes to combat LIV poaching, mid-level events like the Houston Open are in jeopardy. The change begins next year, with the Fall Championships losing some of their lower status due to a diminished Fed Ex points role.
This fact of life is why Crane and the Astros Golf Foundation are so important to the Houston Open. The event desperately needs to return to the main part of the PGA Tour schedule with a spring date. Crane may have the cunning and influence to get it done.
I think Mattress Mack would bet on her pretty hard.
chip shots: Former PN-G Andrew Landry missed his second cut in four 2022-23 games starting last week at Mayakoba after shooting rounds of 71-75. Daffue made the cut with 69-69 but faded to 72-72 at the end of the week to finish off the T66 and earn $17,384.
A rough day of sprinting plagued Orangefield senior Zander Parks in the Houston preliminaries last week, but he rebounded solidly with a third place finish on the Texas Junior Golf Bearcat Shootout at Ravens Nest in Huntsville. Parks killed 72-77 in boys 15-18. . .
Parks’ younger brother, Lincoln, a sophomore, fired rounds from 81-73 to ranked 14The tenth. Orangefield’s third player, Rhys Johnson, shot 84-75. . .
League City’s Jack Mitrovic fired four over 76ers to win the boys 15-18 in the fall final round of the STPGA Junior Championships at Idylwld Golf Club. The Livingston duo of Brandon Monson, Tucker Cherry and Jake Altec of Houston tied for second with a score of 79.
Other junior tour winners include Jackson Sledzyk of Needville (79 in boys 13-14) and Reed Rodriguez of Siena Ranch (79 in boys 11-12).
On the girls’ front, Hoffman’s Kentin Clark won 15-18 with a 94, Mackenzie Minshaw of The Woodlands won 13-14 with an 84, and Beller’s Caitlin Crowe won 11-12 with a score of 85.
In the Junior Links competition, Spring’s Daniel Gonzalez took first in the boys 15-18 with a score of 62, while Beaumont’s Grace Day took the girls 13-14 with a score of 56.
Little Linksters winners include Rolando Lorenzo of Houston (40 in boys 11-12, 9 red holes), Katie’s Caroline Liu (36 in girls 11-12, 9 red holes), Hayes Rogers of Spring (38 in boys. 9). -10, 9 holes adjusted), Chloe Maguy (39 in girls 9-10, 9 holes adjusted) and Dominic Lorenzo of Houston (41 in mixed 6-8, 9 holes adjusted). . .
Babe Zaharias’ Monday Senior 50-plus 2 ball was played in an equivalent 4 format due to wet conditions. Tying the front and back win in minus 11 was Bob West, Don McNeill, Rick Pritchett and Raymond Darabon.
It was also minus 11 in the lead quartet of James Vercher, Lee Bertrand, Charles Laird and Dan Flood. Closest to the winners are Jim Cady (No. 2), Bertrand (No. 7), Lonnie Mosley (No. 12 and Pritchett (No. 15).
Zacharias Doug Fait’s Wednesday game was played in the form of all-point counting. A 23-point team win was won by Ted Freeman, Harrell Guidry, John House and Jess McPhillips. Ed Holly, McNeil, Gary Fontenot, and Dale Carter were in second place with 21 points.
Closest to the winners are Ron LaSalle (No. 2, 2 feet, 6 inches), Roy Martinez (No. 7, 13-4), Gary Whiteville (No. 12, 5-2) and James Johnson (No. 15). , 6-11).
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