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Thursday December 14, 2017
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Riser & Vallad sail to victory

Charles Prokop

Early golf was a lot like croquet. A wooden ball hit with a carved stick won't rise very high or fly very far. The ball can roll farther than it can fly, so the game was played along the ground more than in the air.
Keeping the ball low wasn't such a bad plan on the seaside links of ancient Scotland. Anyone who has played golf on the Texas coast will tell you that the wind is a constant factor, and a low ball can fly under the wind and roll forever. The Scottish seashore is as famous as Texas for high winds, and the links of Scotland can be just as firm as the Texas clay.
The Good Old Boys got a chance to test their skills at old-style golf at their recent tournament. They may have used modern equipment, but the wind was so strong that it often blew putts off line. It was a day that would challenge even the best old Scottish golfer.
Two players proved they were masters of the wind. Boerne's Mark Riser often turns in a good round, and he managed another one in tough conditions with an 83 for 5 points. Jerry Vallad, another Boerne resident, also rose to the occasion with 5 points of his own from a round of 93.
Boerne's David Helmke took solo third place with an 88 good for 2 points. Three players scratched out a single point to tie for fourth. Boerne's Fritz Houston shot 89, Bandera's Brad Osburn shot 92, and yours truly, Charlie Prokop of Pipe Creek, shot 82.
Jim Bernaducci of Bandera was closest to the hole on number 2 and Banderan Terry Peek was closest on number 12. Bandera's Gary Manning also turned in a good round in the windy conditions, shooting 83. There were 32 players in the field.
• The recent Flying L Men's Golf Association one-man scramble was well attended, with 25 golfers competing. Rick Rector won the third flight with a net 66. Terry Peek was close behind with 67, followed by Ray D'Spain with 69. Larry Henson and Mike Dexter tied for first place in the second flight with 65s and Ted Brown took third place with 70. Roy Rodriguez shot 68 to win the first flight. Kyle Broll was second with 71, and Ron Mercier took third with 72. The next Men's Golf Association event will be a 3-person team tournament on Jan. 25 at 10 am.