Chris Stroud makes us proud

Chris Stroud makes us proud

Lamar University graduate and former Port Neches-Groves High School standout Chris Stroud earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour over the weekend as he captured the Barracuda Championship.

Stroud, a two-time All-American and four-time Southland Conference champion during his time at Lamar, won a three-way playoff with Greg Owen and Richy Werenski to claim the title.

“Eleven years I’ve waited for that,” Stroud said when he was introduced as the champion. “It’s a dream come true.”

The win gave Stroud an automatic spot in this week’s PGA Championship in North Carolina. It also gives him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, as well as a spot in the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, reserved for PGA Tour winners.

Stroud won’t have time to savor his victory, as the PGA Championship is underway at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I got my two baby girls — I was planning on going home because I wasn’t in the PGA Championship, going home to Houston and hanging with them for a week. But now I get to play Quail Hollow, which is an awesome, great golf course,” Stroud said after the win.

Stroud, who graduated from LU in 2004, has played in 290 PGA Tour events. He tied for first at the 2013 Travelers Championship before falling to Ken Duke on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. He finished fifth at the 2007 Zurich Classic in New Orleans and tied for 10th at The Players Championship in 2010.

The Barracuda Classic used the modified Stable Scoring System, which gives five points for each eagle, two points for a birdie and no points for a par. It takes away one point for each bogey and deducts three points for a double bogey or worse. Stroud, Owen and Werenski each had 44 points after four rounds. Stroud surged from behind with three birdies and an eagle over the final four holes to get into the playoff, getting an eagle on the final hole. He won the title with a birdie on the second hole of the playoff.

With the win, Stroud jumped from 144th to 76th in the FedEx Cup standings. The Top 125 golfers qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Kelly softball

Monsignor Kelly Catholic junior Julie Renfro participated in American Baseball and Softball Abroad this summer. Renfro is the only player from Southeast Texas on the team.

The ABSA provides a unique opportunity for U.S. athletes to travel overseas and play baseball and softball teams from all over the world. Tours are focused on more than just athletic experiences, also fostering cultural exchange between the athletes and international players they compete against.

There were five teams in the tournament this year: three from the United States and two from the Netherlands, one of which was the Dutch Junior Olympic Team. ABSA finished first in the tournament.

PA Memorial

Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have named 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.

One of the nominees is from Port Arthur — Stacy Lawrence of Southern Arkansas University.

 “Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”

Lawrence epitomizes this idea of service as he has continually impacted the community in numerous off-the-field endeavors. While at SAU, Lawrence has served as a Housing Resident Assistant, an Upward Bound Peer Counselor, an SAU Leadership Academy leader, and has served as an SAU Student Government Senator.

In the classroom, Lawrence majors in Chemistry and owns a 3.55 GPA, while holding membership in Lambda Alpha Beta (Chemistry Society), Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, and the Engineering Club. Last fall, he was named to the Great American Conference’s Fall All-Academic Team.

The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.


Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Foundation will host its first charity golf tournament, sponsored by ExxonMobil, on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Beaumont Country Club. Tee times are 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. All proceeds from the tournament go toward student scholarships at LIT.

The Tournament Team Golf Package is $1,750 and includes shirts, hats, green fees, carts and unlimited drinks and food for four players. Plus the teams can distribute company/business product or promotional items in golfer bags. Trophies will be awarded at each flight for first, fifth, 10th and 15th places.

Other sponsorship opportunities are available from $8,000 to $500.

For more information about the LIT Charity Golf Tournament, for sponsorship opportunities and to register, view or call (409) 839-2956.

The BT3 Golf Academy will hold a short-game school for ages 12 and under and high school team golfers Aug. 8-10 for $120 per camper. Golf time each day is noon – 3 p.m. The clinic will be held at Henry Homberg Golf Course at Tyrrell Park at 5940 Babe Zaharias Drive in Beaumont.

For more information, view www.bt3golfacademy or call (409) 223-6723.

LSCPA Seahawks

LSCPA associate softball head coach Casey Goodman has been named head coach at Bakersfield College in California, giving her the opportunity to return to her hometown after more than a decade coaching in Texas and Louisiana.

During her tenure at LSCPA, Goodman helped lead the Seahawks to their most successful seasons in school history. She joined LSCPA for the 2012 season and in her first season, the Seahawks won 21 more games than the season before. During her tenure in Port Arthur, the Seahawks have owned a .473 win-percentage.

The 2017 team set new school records for hits in a season (550), runs in a season (315) and runs batted in in a season (268). She has coached three National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans as well as 12 NJCAA all-region South Zone and eight all-region players over the past six seasons.

Goodman graduated from Bakersfield North High School in 1999 before leaving to play college softball for the University of Louisiana-Monroe. At ULM, she set several hitting records that still stand and was eventually named to the Southland Conference’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Softball Team in 2003.

She coached at two colleges in Louisiana before coming to LSCPA. She becomes the fifth head coach in Bakersfield College history.