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2013-01-31

Dixon's gentle touch conquers fast greens

Charles Prokop

There is a reason that major golf tournaments are played on courses with fast greens. Putting on fast greens exaggerates the effects of every little twitch in a golfer's stroke. Errors in reading the break or judging the distance are magnified. Approach shots into fast greens must be precise, and woe unto the golfer whose ball gets caught up in heavy grass around the fringe of the green. That upcoming chip shot may not stop before it runs off the other side.
Combine fast greens with dramatic slopes and a golfer faces a perfect storm. The greens at Augusta National, the home of the Masters tournament, are famous for lightning speed and challenging contours. It's not the length of the rough or narrow fairways that make the Masters such a great event. It's those nearly impossible greens. The traditional Sunday pin position on the brutal slope of the 16th hole often has made the difference in who donned the green jacket and who went home to practice putting and chipping a little bit more.
The greens at the Flying L typically reach their peak speed in the winter, and this year is no exception. The dormant Bermuda grass provides a firm surface, and the greens offer enough changes in slope to challenge the best putters. Run a ball just a few inches past a hole at the crest of the slope on holes number 3 or 16 and you can be 8 feet away before the ball comes to rest. Misread the break on a side-hill putt on number 5 and your playing partners may not stop laughing before you reach the next tee.
Dock Dixon of Bandera, a retired veterinarian, proved he was one of the best at our last tournament. He conquered the fast greens for a 9-point round of 91.
Winter Texan Roger Hill took second place with a 7-point round of 89 and Gene Eubank of Bandera was next with 6 points from a round of 91. Larry Henson of Bandera and Winter Texan Bill Szuba earned 3 points with rounds of 79 and 93, respectively.
Larry Henson's 79 took medalist honors, and Henson added to his great performance by being closest to the hole on number 2. Doug Hood of Bandera was closest to the hole on number 17. There were 31 players in the field and points were worth $3.
Two teams tied for first place in the recent Flying L Men's Golf Association scramble. Buddy Antwine, Bill Martino, Terry Peek and Gene Eubank shot 145 to tie with Van "Coach" Whatley, Ted Brown, J. T. Hooten and Dick Shafer.
Larry and Louise Henson won the first flight of the Couples' Scramble with a net score of 73. Scott Ecke and Jennifer Pena's 74 tied for second with Buddy and Kathy Antwine. Rich and Kathy Koch won the second flight with 78, and Ralph and Kim Ratliff tied Roger and JoAnn Hill for second with 79.