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2016-01-21

Flying L opens 2016 season

Charles Prokop

Golf may be most enjoyable on a sunny, warm day with no wind but it can be played in nearly all weather. The only conditions that make golf truly unplayable are rain so heavy that the course floods, wind so strong that the ball blows around on the ground, and lightning. Some intrepid golfers may try to play despite standing water and howling winds, but lightning is certain to chase everyone off the course. No one wants to be in an electrical storm swinging a lightning rod.
It is often a point of perverse pride to continue play despite horrible weather. We've all endured weather so cold that hitting the ball is like slapping a tree. We've all played in rain so hard that grips could not be kept dry, water ran off the bills of our caps, and the ball threw up rooster tails on the putting green.
Any Texas golfer can tell stories about days the wind was so strong the ball was flying backwards before it hit the ground and drives with the wind made us all look like Bubba Watson. We've all played the same par 3 hole with a 9 iron when the wind was at our back and a 3 wood when the wind was in our face. You'd think we'd learn to stay home on days like that, but where's the fun in that?
Sixteen hardy souls braved howling winds and biting cold to compete in the opening event of the 2016 Flying L Men's Golf League. Kris Herchberger and John Palmer won the two-man scramble tournament with a net 66, a great score for the more-than-tough conditions. Doug Hood and Terry Peek tied Mike Kornmann and Mike Dexter for second place with a net 69.
The next Men's Association event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 am. A sign-up sheet will be in the Flying L pro shop.
The opening couples scramble of 2016 was held on Sunday, Jan. 10. Conditions for the couples were slightly better than they had been for the men on the previous day. Although temperatures were still chilly, winds were light. Dewayne and Luana Pirtle won the first flight with a net score of 70.6. Mike and Linda Kornmann were hot on the Pirtle's heels with a net of 71.6. JT and Janet Hooten took third with 72.5.
Joey Decker and Jackie Rigsby won the second flight with an impressive net score of 64. Don Bateman and Carole Martin took second with 71, followed by Rich and Kathy Koch with 74.4.
The Flying L Couples League has an active schedule of 10 tournaments this winter and spring, including the next scramble on Jan. 24. Succeeding events will feature a variety of formats, including a string tournament, an alternate shot tournament, and an Orange Blossom Special, among others. The spring season will conclude with a two-day scramble on May 21-22. Interested players can sign up in the Flying L pro shop.