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Team Joseph wins Flying L Winter Cup

Charles Prokop

I have played golf for over 50 years. I have hit more drives, pitches, and putts than I can count. After a multitude of rounds on a variety of courses I recall the details of very few. But I remember every friend I ever shared a round with.
Golf is a challenging game that is impossible to perfect. The best players in the world can hit terrible shots and even perfectly executed shots are subject to bad bounces and sudden wind gusts. It seems like it should be easy to hit a stationary ball without the interference of an opponent, but the golf swing is complex and courses are designed to be tough.
Poor play is frustrating but the competition and companionship of our playing partners can always be enjoyable. We remember the jokes told and needles given better than we remember the golf shots, and we remember the characters on the course even more. If you doubt me, ask anyone at the Flying L if they’ll ever forget the sight of Doug Hood playing the Winter Cup matches wearing canary yellow plus fours, a matching snap-brim cap, and color-coordinated argyle socks.
The Flying L Winter Cup matches were played in December but the weather felt like a balmy spring day. Sixty golfers were matched by handicap and divided into 2 teams, with 1 team led by head pro Arnie Segura and the other led by golf instructor Joseph Arredondo. Players competed in match play against opponents of equal ability, and by the end of the day everyone had played two 9-hole matches.
The contest was neck-and-neck until late. Team Joseph pulled ahead during the last few matches and won with a score of 33 versus 27 for Team Arnie. The event was one of the most enjoyable and spirited in Flying L golf history, and everyone is looking forward to next year’s tournament.
Bandera County Game Warden Jason Garcia won the most recent Good Old Boys event. Garcia carded a birdie on the first hole and kept his good round going to earn 4 points from an 86. Bill Martinot, a winter Texan from Flin Flon, Manitoba, was close behind with 3 points from a round of 83. Bandera residents Ted Brown and J. T. Hooten tied for third with 2 points each. Brown shot 86 and Hooten shot 88.
Hondo’s Byron Watts won closest to the pin on number 7 and David Finger of Fair Oaks Ranch was closest on number 17. Bandera’s Gary Manning took medalist honors with a nice round of 79.
There will be a par-3 tournament at the Flying L on New Year’s Day. Every hole on the golf course will be set up to be par-3 length and head pro Arnie Segura has promised “some interesting tee shots.” All of us at the Flying L are familiar with Arnie’s “interesting” pin positions, so we expect the event will be a fitting introduction to the coming year of golf. Lunch at Hangar 47 at the Flying L will be available and the irrepressible Doug Hood has promised to prepare traditional side dishes of black-eyed peas and cabbage. More information is available in the pro shop.