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Thursday December 14, 2017
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Hooten and Brister take top honors

Charles Prokop

It’s reality check time, golfers. When Mark Russell, VP of Rules and Competition for the PGA tour, was asked about the course set-up for the Tour Championship, he said it would be “tough, but fair.” He was not worried about making the course unnecessarily hard in order to prevent low scores, because “these are the best 30 players in the world and when you put them together, 10 will play well.”
Think about that. Russell expects only 1 of 3 of the best players in the world to be playing at or near their best. When you have a bad day on the golf course and think about throwing your clubs in the lake and taking up bowling, remember Russell’s words. After all, you aren’t likely to be among the best 30 in the world and the odds are certainly against you being one of the 10 playing well.
Now that I’ve given myself a pep talk and soothed my angst about the slump I’ve been in, let’s see how some slump-free golfers at the Flying L have been doing. We’ve all been trying to sharpen our games for the Cowboy Classic, and others have been having more success than yours truly.
Janet Hooten played a strong round of golf at the recent Flying L Ladies Golf Association event. It’s rare that Hooten lets a day go by without spending time on the golf course or driving range, and regular play is the golden ticket to good golf. Hooten carded the low gross score of 91, won the closest to the pin prize, and tied with Anita Kopplhuber and Lisa Tanner for needing the fewest putts with 32. Not coincidentally, Kopplhuber and Tanner also seldom miss a day on the course. They took second and third place in the gross score race with 94 and 96, respectively.
Betty Brister won the low net competition when she played to her handicap and turned in an even par net round of 72. Playing to your handicap is a sought-after trait among golfers because it means that a player is performing at her or his best. Regular play at that level is impressive. There was a 4-way tie for second in the low net race, as Jackie Rigsby, Larue Bashaw, Louise Henson, and Mary Conley all shot 74.
Flying L resident Gary Manning pulled out his best game at the last Good Old Boys tournament, shooting 74 for 8 points and medalist honors. Manning always plays solid, steady golf, and his winning round was no exception. He birdied numbers 3 and 16, two of the more difficult par 4 holes at the Flying L.
Bandera County resident James Skoglund and Hondo’s Byron Watts tied for second with 4 points each. Skoglund shot 86 and Watts shot 89. There was also a tie for fourth place. Vanderpool’s Ron Mercier and Fair Oaks Ranch resident David Finger both earned 1 point when Mercier shot 78 and Finger shot 88. Mercier also won the closest to the hole prize on number 2. Boerne’s Walter Stroman was closest on number 12 as a part of his round of 77.