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Bandera Courier
Thursday December 14, 2017
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Houston opens year with win

Charles Prokop

It’s a new year, and golfers are as likely to make unrealistic resolutions as anyone. It is easy to say we’re going to get our handicap lower than it’s ever been or we’re going to spend more time practicing putting than we did last year, but those goals are tough to reach.
It can be hard to remember in the midst of a bad round of golf, but we play this game to have fun. Tracking every shot and getting frustrated when a slump damages your handicap can drain the fun from the game and make it feel like a failed weight-loss program.
I can’t think of a way to make losing weight fun, but the best New Year’s resolution for golf may be to keep it fun. It’s hard to have fun when you are bemoaning your bad luck or beating yourself up for a bad shot. Bad luck and bad shots are guaranteed, but moaning and beating yourself up are optional. I resolve to hit a shot, go find the ball, and hit it again with minimal editorial comments and emotional distress. I also resolve to laugh at my opponent’s mistakes and misfortune, because that is great fun.
If you’re looking for a golfer that seems to understand that golf should be enjoyable, you need look no farther than Fritz Houston of Boerne. Fritz is one of the longest-term members of the Good Old Boys and he seldom misses an event. I’m sure he must get frustrated with his game when things don’t go his way, but I can’t remember him ever looking like he’s doing anything other than enjoying his day on the golf course.
Houston shot to the top of the field at the last Good Old Boys tournament with a nice five-point round of 83. He made pars on all of the par five holes and was particularly hot on the front nine where he shot 38 with a birdie on the fourth hole.
Flying L resident Van Tom “Coach” Whatley has been playing well of late and won a share of second place with a four-point round of 79. Boerne’s Jerry Vallad has been making a habit of finding a spot on the leaderboard and he kept his fine play going with four points from a round of 90.
Bandera’s John Palmer took fourth place with an 84 worth three points. Retired Boerne physician H. C. Day made his presence known with a one-point round of 105. Day’s round may be the most impressive of the tournament and the one all of us Good Old Boys would hope to emulate because Day has been enjoying life for 98 years. Two Bandera residents won closest to the pin prizes. Amador Lugo was closest on hole number two and Don Bateman was closest on hole number 12.
Bandera’s Louis DuBose turned in another fine round, shooting 75 to take medalist honors. Tournament director and Bandera resident Ted Brown also had a good day on the links with a 79. There were 24 players in the field.