Joan Del Papa shows off her hole-in-one ball on the par-3 eighth hole at the South Shore Harbour course in League City on May 10. Shot with an 8-iron, it was Del Papa’s third-ever hole-in-one, with the latest ace being witnessed by Beth Kennedy and Sandy Harvey.


If you like good music, then the place to be this Friday is the Moody Gardens Golf Course. If you like freshly prepared and delicious seafood, then go out to Moody Gardens Golf Course this Friday. If you’d like to turn a $20 investment into $250, $500 or even $1,000 — Moody Gardens Golf Course is the best place to try and beat the odds this Friday. Also, a whole lot of fun filled golf will be played and for a good cause.

This Friday is the date for the third annual Lawrence J. Del Papa Memorial Golf Tournament which, you perhaps surmised, will take place at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. Registration, lunch and driving range tuneups start at 11:30 a.m., and the four person scramble golf tournament gets underway at 1 p.m.

Word has it you can still get a team in by calling Scott at 281-482-9400. Or, if you don’t play golf but would like to help out, sponsorships from $150 to $20,000 are still available.

Again, call Scott, who will also tell you what time the golf ball drop will take place and what time the seafood dinner will be served. He’ll also give you all the details on the Gary P. Nunn post tournament concert. By the way, you need not be present to win the cash from the golf ball drop.

All proceeds will go to the Lighthouse Charity Team. If you can’t get Scott on the phone, learn more by going to


In case you did not see the crawler on ABC’s Good Morning America last week or like some Marvin Gaye fans haven’t already, “Heard it through the grapevine,” two area golf courses are headed for new management.

ClubCorp, owner/operator of dozens of courses around the country, is being “ … acquired by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management … a leading global alternative investment manager.” The deal is reportedly due to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

Locally, ClubCorp currently is owner-operator of Magnolia Creek Golf Club and has a lease agreement for management of South Shore Harbour. A letter from ClubCorp management stated: “This announcement will have little if any impact on our day-to-day operations of your experiences at our clubs.” Stay tuned.


The Texas Golf Hall of Fame (HOF) has announced its Class of 2017, featuring Kelli Kuehne of the famed Kuehne family of golfers. The Dallas native will be honored in the amateur player category. Kuehne was the 1994 U.S. Girls Junior and 1995 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and won four consecutive 4A state titles while playing for Highland Park High School.

Steve Elkington will enter the HOF in the professional category. A native Australian, he helped the University of Houston Cougars win national titles in 1982, 1984 and 1985. He won 10 times on the PGA Tour and posted 10 top 10 finishes in major championships, winning the 1995 PGA Championship.

The 2017 HOF inductees will be honored at the “Gathering of Eagles” golf tournament and induction dinner Oct. 9 in San Antonio. Also being inducted are Montford T. Johnson, Jr. (lifetime achievement) and James E. “Buddy” Cook (golf professional).

Bayou Golf

Jim Muntzel, badge buddy Rick Mitchell and Tom Martin won the weekly senior scramble at Bayou Golf Club with a score of 61. Second place (62) cash went to James Clark, Loren Lance, Doug Self and Roger Herndon.

The Open

Spaniard Sergio Garcia won The Masters and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello won the Scottish Open. Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won the women’s Wimbledon title. The Open Championship begins play in the wee hours of our morning Thursday. Can Spain continue the run of brilliance?

We call usually refer to it as the British Open, and one of its most intriguing attributes is the weather. Tune in next week for a spotlight on the Open Championship.

Be safe, on and off the course.

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