Sports and Outdoors


Red Hot ‘18’ tourney draws largest-ever field
22 teams brave heat at King’s Creek Golf Course
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The largest field ever made the area chamber’s annual Red Hot “18” golf tournament a huge success Friday.
Co-chair Rick Brown’s ear-to-ear grin told the story. “We had a very good tournament,” he said.
A total of 22 teams entered the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce four-man-scramble event, which drew 36 hole sponsors.
Winning $400 cash for first place gross, carding a round of 56, was the American National Bank team of Kyle Carpenter, Wayne Anthony, Stan Williams and Chris Sommer.
Winning a round of golf for four at the Pinnacle Club with the second place gross score (57) was the Wells Fargo team of Dan Owen, Doug Pritchett, Broc Parker and Jay Pickens.
Taking third place gross with a team score of 59 were Amber Di Lane members Mike McCord, Chris Partain, Tim McCoy and Scott McCoy.
First place net honors, and a $400 cash prize, went to the Edward Jones team of Kenneth Davis, Debra Davis, Robert Wood and Tony Kalawe, who carded an adjusted score of 42.
Taking the second place net position with an adjusted score of 43.8 was the Tri-County Ford team of Joe Pickens, Don McAfee, Alex Harrell and Chris Pickens.
Taking third place net with an adjusted score of 44.2 was the Rainbow International team of Mark Watson, Mitch West, Rubin Austin and Bobby Knott.
Curtis Cook and Deanne Barnes posted the “Closest to the Pin” shots on Hole No. 11, each winning a gift certificate to Chili’s.
There were two holes where the “Longest Drive” was measured – Rick Miller and Ginny Robinett nailed drives on Hole No. 9, and Robinett added the long drive on Hole No. 18, along with Broc Parker.
Each won a round of golf for two at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
For the third year in a row, the Ragsdale Real Estate team of Doug Ragsdale, Calvin Jones, Suzanne Mays and Lana Mock posted the highest score in the tournament, a round of 77.
They received a box of golf balls and a toolbox, “to help them work on their game,” Brown announced.
Teague Chevrolet-Buick of Mabank provided a purple Chevrolet HHR as the tournament’s “Hole in One” prize, which went unclaimed.
Sponsors included:
$500 Lunch Sponsor Excite
$500 Practice Green Wings over Seven Points.
$300 Beverage Cart Sue Stalcup, Southside Bank and Don R. Kinney
$100 Tee Box/Green Embarq, Lone Star Maps, Poe Motors, Choice Real Estate Inspections, Citizens State Bank, Tri-County Ford, Home Instead and Elizabeth Swadley/Janis Carnahan-Excite
Also, Dino Perelli-Excite, Bennett Insurance, Capt’n “B” Florist, State Rep. Betty Brown, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Texas Trust Credit Union and Edward Jones-Debra Davis/Tony Kalawe.
Also, Shelly Brown Realtor/Johnson Monroe, Solar Screen, American National Bank, Amber Di Lane Homes, 5 O Dezyns, The Monitor, Southwest Funding, Jim Sutton-Excite and CTX Mortgage.
Also, Trinity Valley Electric Co-op, Wings Over Seven Points, Rainbow Int’l Restoration & Cleaning, Todd Russell - McAtee Realty, Charlie & Company, Brookshire’s of Seven Points and Party Innovations.

21st Century catfishing
By Luke Clayton
Special to The Monitor

Catfish and the sport of catfishing are enjoying some well-deserved recognition that has been a long time coming.
For years, catfish had a strong, but unorganized following. Thanks to several factors, Mr. Whiskers is now enjoying his share of the limelight on a national level.
In a recent interview with Bill Dance, America’s favorite fisherman, Bill was quick to point out that catfish are now just under black bass in popularity in the United States. Bill and his partner, James Patterson, are avid tournament catfish anglers.
Tournaments for catfish, just like black bass tournaments back in the ’70s, has done more for the sport of exposing catfishing to the masses than anything. Take for instance the ACATS catfish tournament trail, which is the fastest growing tournament trail in the country, with an increase in members of just over 1,000 percent in the past 12 months.
Seven years ago, the concept of ACATS was little more than a gleam in the eye of founder and now president Dennis Rice of Wagoner, Okla.
“We began on a shoestring budget. I was sort of a one-man show for quite a while. We headquartered the tournaments out of the back of my pickup truck,” Rice recalled.
This year’s ACATS Classic will be held at Sardis Lake in eastern Oklahoma, and pays a whopping $100,000 in cash and prizes that include a couple of fully rigged Sea Ark boats, tailor made for catfishing, with 60-gallon livewells that will accommodate jumbo-sized whiskerfish.
Rice says the tournament is open to anyone who fishes two of the federation tournaments, or teams that finish in the top five places in any one tournament.
“This year’s Classic is the highest pay-out of any catfish tournament, ever,” Rice said. “I thought it important to open the tournament to more contestants, rather than limiting it to just a few of the top scoring anglers. We should have big turnout at the Event. Other than the big, high dollar prizes such as the truck and boats that will, of course, go to the top winners, we also have lots of very neat prizes that can be won by just about anyone.
Everything from trophy whitetail deer hunts in North Dakota with Coteau Prairie Outfitters ( to hunts for wild boar and ducks and geese in Texas will be won by contestants at the Classic.
Rice says there are chapters of ACATS as far away as the East Coast, and the organization is gaining new members on a daily basis.
“Much of our growth is due to our syndicated radio shows and Catfish Now magazine, which is included with the $25 per year membership dues to ACATS,” Rice said.
The BOC (Brotherhood of Catfishermen, has been another huge boosts to the sport catfishing.
Founded by Paul Louderback, this huge website and “brotherhood” of members have become a nation-wide fraternity. Eric Simcox, also with the BOC, reported the site received more than 40 million hits during the past four weeks.
The site has members that provide tips and advice on everything from finding the right prop to fit that old ’70-model boat engine to how to rig for drift fishing for catfish.
Yes, the sport of catfishing and those who fish for catfish have changed a great deal in the past decade, but when you get right down to it, it’s that hard tug on the line between the catfish and the fisherman that keeps devout catfish anglers coming back to the rivers and lakes, year after year. That big pile of crispy catfish fillets after the fishing trip will remain another big reason for the fish’s popularity!
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