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2016-01-14

GOB year ends with a bang

Charles Prokop

The final Good Old Boys tournament of 2015 brought out the best in everyone. The 20 golfers in the field combined for an impressive 35 points. Bandera's Ted Brown has been on a hot streak of late and he led the charge with a nifty 7-point round of 79. Brown is one of those golfers who can go from 0 to 60 faster than any drag racer. He was at less than his best at the start of the round and his score was up to 6 over par through the first 5 holes, but Brown found his footing on the sixth and made pars on 12 of his final 13 holes. Boerne's Paul Lemon, a regular visitor to the Good Old Boy leaderboard, was hot on Brown's heels with 6 points from an 83.
Every golfer's bucket list is certain to include a few predictable items. We all want to make at least one hole-in-one and we all want to shoot our age at least once. We also want to make an eagle 2 on a par 4 hole because that eagle is likely to include a second shot as good as any hole-in-one. No golfer would be bold enough to suggest that all those accomplishments could happen in the same round, but that's just what San Antonio's Tom Hopper managed at the tournament.
Hopper aced the par-3 second hole with a great 6-iron shot. He followed that up only two holes later with an amazing eagle 2 on the par-4 fourth hole. Most of us would have been more than content with those feats and coasted the rest of the way, but Hopper stepped on the gas. By the end of the round he had shot his age of 78.
Bandera's Peter Lovett took fourth place with a 4-point round of 84. Paul Lemon was closest to the hole on number 7 and San Antonio's Chris Finger won hole number 17. Junction's Juan Gutierrez once again proved he is one of the Good Old Boy elite and won medalist honors with a 75. Bandera's Gary Manning was next with 77.
Players at the first tournament of 2016 had a tough act to follow after the scoring blitzkrieg that ended 2015. The 18 golfers who opened the new year accumulated a total of only two points. Bandera's Larry Henson and Boerne's Fritz Houston tied for first place with one point each. Henson, one of the head honchos of the Flying L Men's Golf Association, shot 84 for his point. Houston, a long-time Good Old Boy and a regular on tournament leaderboards, shot 89.
Winter Bandera resident Kenny Seurer took advantage of the low point totals and won third with a round of 89, one point short of his target score. David Finger of Fair Oaks Ranch won the closest to the hole prize on number 2 and Larry Henson won number 17.
Bandera grad and current Incarnate Word student Kyle Broll paid a visit to his old stomping grounds and walked away with medalist honors from a round of 79.