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Thursday December 14, 2017
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Konz and Watts top Good Old Boys

Charles Prokop

Professional golfers teed it up in the midst of gale-force winds in the Bahamas last week. The tournament was the season opener on the tour, the primary way modern golfers earn their way onto the big stage of the PGA tour. As you might expect, some players were less than happy about being required to play in a tropical storm.
Tommy “Two-Gloves” Gainey, an outspoken and entertaining member of the tour who is trying to earn his way back to the big show, shot 87 in the storm and complained that golf fans do not want to see pros shoot such high scores. As a golf fan, I must disagree. I know Gainey doesn’t want to play in those conditions or shoot 87, but it gives us average golfers a reality check and a little guilty pleasure to see the best in the world struggle with the worst Mother Nature can dish out.
If you are looking for folks who understand the show must go on no matter the weather, look no farther than ranchers and emergency personnel. Bandera Fire Chief Max Konz and Byron Watts, a retired Hondo ranch manager, managed to earn 6 points despite the cool, windy Bandera weather at the last Good Old Boys event. Konz shot 80 and Watts carded an 87 as they tied for first.
San Antonio’s Chris Finger took third with a two-point round of 96. Bandera County resident James Skoglund was closest to the hole on number seven and San Antonio’s Rocco Perciavalle was closest on 17.
The Flying L golfers invaded Scott Schreiner Golf Course in Kerrville last week for their regular Tuesday match. Liz Koeninger won the individual ladies front nine competition with a net 42. Janet Hooten won the back nine with 37. Anita Kopplhuber and Janelle Koch won the team 18-hole match with 72. Janet Hooten, Koeninger, JoAnn Hill and SueAnn Jacoby won closest to the pin prizes.
The men’s team of Joseph Arredondo, Ted Brown, Ron Darby and Rick Swett won the front nine two-ball competition with a net score of four under par. Juan Gutierrez, Larry Henson, Tadd Marler and Bill Martinot won the back nine three-ball at 11 under par. Kyle Broll, Mike Dexter, Andy Walker and Terry Peek won the full 18-hole two-ball with 14 under par.
Joseph Arredondo won the first flight front nine individual match with a net 32 and Mike Dester won the back nine with 31. Ron Mercier won the second flight front nine with 34 and Travis D’Spain won the back with 32. D’Spain, Walker, Gutierrez, Henson, and Roy Rodriguez won closest to the hole prizes.
The Flying L Couples League opened its season on a cold and blustery January 8. Larry Henson and Penny Bateman teamed up to win with a net score of 67. J. T. and Janet Hooten took second with 70 and Buddy and Kathy Antwine were third with 71. The next couples scramble will be Sunday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 pm.
The Flying L Men’s Golf Association will hold a two-person shamble at 10 am on Saturday, Jan. 21. The season opening event on January 7 was cancelled due to inclement weather.