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Thursday December 14, 2017
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Henson family brings it home

Charles Prokop

U. S. golfers lose 300,000,000 (yes, that’s million) golf balls every year at a cost of over $650,000,000. If not for the ball-hawking habits of those of us who play this frustrating game the elevation of every golf course in the country would be several feet above the surrounding countryside. Ponds and lakes wouldn’t be water hazards—they’d be mountains of golf balls.
One of the watershed moments in any golfer’s life comes when he or she starts coming back from the course with more balls than they brought. After years of losing more balls than we find the day comes that a box in the closet fills up with used balls. Not only do we get to feel better about our game, we can spend less money on golf balls.
But do we reduce our ball budget and put that money in the piggy bank? Or do we do what any golfer worth his or her salt would do and decide we deserve to play a better (and more expensive) ball? Take a guess. And will we play those expensive balls after they get scuffed and scratched? Take another guess.
You can get a dozen balls for as little as $5. The brand of balls I find the most often as I wander the rough cost about $10 per dozen. A top–of–the–line ball can cost $40 to $50 a dozen. It’s reasonable to ask if that expensive ball is really eight or ten times better, but any golfer knows the feel of a ball as it comes off the club is very important.
Unfortunately, it’s the rare golfer that finds that feel at $5 per dozen. So we soldier on, ball-retriever in hand, hoping to save a few dollars and find a diamond in the rough. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a cheaper ball we like even more than our old favorite.
The results of the Flying L Tuesday Noon Match suggest the Henson family members have found a ball they like. The team of Larry Henson, Rich Koch, Braxton Beal (Larry’s grandson) and yours truly won the first six holes of the match with a score of five under par. Van Tom “Coach” Whatley, Mike Kornmann, Andy Walker and Rick Swett won the second and third six hole contests with scores of five under par and even par, respectively.
Bryan Henson (Larry’s son) won the first flight individual front nine with a net score of 34. Mike Kornmann matched Henson’s 34 to win the back nine. In the second flight, Rick Swett shot 38 to win the front nine and Tadd Marler won the back with 38.
Andy Walker was closest to the hole on number two and Bryan Henson hit one close to the pin on number seven. Tadd Marler won number 12, and yours truly won number 17.
The Flying L Men’s Golf Association opens the 2017 season on Saturday, Jan. 7 with a two-person scramble and the Couples League tees off with a scramble on Sunday, Jan. 8. Players may sign up in the Flying L pro shop. For more information, call the Flying L pro shop at 830-796-8466 or Larry Henson at 575-390-9340.