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2013-01-17

Gooden wins first tournament of 2013

Charles Prokop

It seems that no matter where you play, winter golf is a challenge. The weather kept the Good Old Boys off the course on New Year's Eve, and it takes mighty tough conditions to discourage this crew of crazy, uh, I mean avid, golfers.
The PGA tour retreats to Hawaii in search of favorable weather, but conditions can be uncertain even in that tropical paradise. After a three-day delay due to high winds and rain, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Maui was shortened to 54 holes. The wind blew so hard for several days that balls wouldn't sit on a tee long enough for players to hit them.
Texas golfers are familiar with dramatic swings in the weather. The wind can blow at any time of the year, and we're all familiar with winter days that start out like May in Miami and end like February in Fairbanks. Patches of rain and sun can blow across the course in rapid succession, but the game goes on.
The promise of better weather brought 35 players out to the course for the first Good Old Boys tournament of 2013. The day dawned chilly and gray and the wind blew enough to ruffle flags and thinning hair, but another week without golf was unthinkable. Points might be tough to earn, but there was golf to be played.
Golf is a mental game, especially when conditions are tough, and there's nothing like an early birdie to put a golfer in a good mood. Bill Gooden of Bandera sailed around the course after a birdie on the second hole and nailed down first place with a 2-point round of 95. Three players earned 1 point. Larry Henson, the director of the Mens' Golf Association at the Flying L, shot 82. Ted Brown of Bandera shot 85 and Sam Martin of Lakehills shot 92.
Bill Gooden added to his winnings by taking closest to the pin on number 2, and Mark Riser of Boerne hit it close on number 17. Boerne's Walter Stroman turned in another fine round and took medalist honors with his 76. Points were worth $28.00.
The recent Flying L couples scramble was well attended. Bill Szuba and Anita Koppenhuber won the first flight with a net score of 72. Mike and Linda Kornmann shot 74 to tie for second place with Roy Rodriguez and Sandi Johnston. Garry and Dora Schneider won the second flight with a net score of 82. Jim and Carole Martin tied for second with Ralph and Kim Ratliff with net scores of 84.
The Flying L Men's Golf Association had its first outing of the new year on January 5. Larry Henson and Buddy Antwine , two stalwarts of the organization, won the 2-person scramble with a score of 64. Mike Kornmann and Scott Ecke were second with 65.