By Debby Schamber

For the Record

The renowned golfer, Arnold Palmer once said it takes  concentration, confidence, competitive urge, and a capacity for enjoyment to play the game of golf. 

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf tournament for golfers to test this theory. The golf tournament has been held for about the past 15 years and was a favorite of Judge James “Jimmy” Scales who recently died in a tragic accident. 

“Jimmy has always played and was a big supporter of all the local tournaments,” said Jerry Jones, golf tournament chairman. 

This year the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to rename the annual golf tournament to the Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament to honor the man who loved supporting his community. 

Jones added, changing the name of the tournament was the right thing to do. 

“Words can’t express how honored and proud I am that the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has renamed this golf tournament after my dad. He was truly a good, honest man and I know he would have been proud of his community for all that they have done,” said James Scales, Jimmy Scales’ son. “If there was one thing dad loved doing, it was playing golf.” 

The golf tournament will be Sept. 16 at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. Tee time is 8 a.m. for the four person scramble.  The cost is $60 per player which includes green fees, cart, beverages, food and door prizes. Mulligans can be purchased for $5 each with a limit of two per player. Hole sponsorships in the form of tee box signs are available for $100 each. All proceeds go to the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and Historical Museum formerly known as the Prairie View  Teacherage. 

“Our family is very appreciative that the Chamber thought enough of our dad to rename their tournament after him. He always enjoyed being a part of it,” said Jerrid Scales, son of Jimmy Scales. ” Personally, I also appreciate them inviting me to play in his place in the tournament. It was a wonderful surprise.”

For more information or to register, call the chamber at 409-735-5671 or call Jerry Jones at 409-735-6801. Registration forms can be found on the chamber’s website of www.bridgecitychamber.com.