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2012-01-12

Savage attacks Flying L

Charles Prokop

A double-digit points round is a rare achievement in Good Old Boys tournaments.

Players earn points by improving on their accumulated scores from previous rounds, and a 10-stroke improvement is a difficult feat. Any golfer can shoot 10 strokes worse than expected with the greatest of ease, but 10 strokes better?

That's something else.

Points in the double digits tell you two things. First, the golfer shot a very nice round. His game was hitting on all cylinders and he avoided the disasters that spoil most good rounds. But even more than that, the golfer's level of play was a return to form after several disappointing scores.

Bob Savage was that golfer at the last Good Old Boys outing. The affable captain in the San Antonio Fire Department attacked the Flying L golf course with a vengeance, racking up 10 points with a two over par round of 74. Savage's round was highlighted by birdies on the fifth and eighth holes, two of the most difficult on the course. Many nice rounds have gone missing in the trees or beyond the fences lining those two holes, but Savage was unscathed.

The weather was far from cooperative on tournament day, making Savage's score even more impressive. Charlie Thomas of Bandera continued his string of exceptional play, capturing 3 points and medalist honors with an even par round of 72. Fritz Houston of Boerne matched Thomas' 3 points with his round of 92. David Rech of Boerne and Richard Mims of Medina shared third place, earning 2 points with their rounds of 90 and 94.

Three players earned one point.

Richard Leeder of Boerne garnered one point with his round of 83, and San Antonio's Tom McGuire matched Leeder's point total with a round of 91. Bill Martinot, a winter Texan who makes an annual trek to Bandera from Canada, was unfazed by the cold wind and collected one point with his nice round of 81.

Residents of the Flying L apparently have been sneaking out at night and practicing their tee shots on the par 3 holes. Three Flying L'ers earned closest to the pin honors. Terry Peek nailed it on number 2, Gene Eubank earned the honor on number 7, and Mike Kornmann claimed the prize on number 17. Jack Finger, the well-known raconteur and columnist extraordinaire from San Antonio, kept it from being a clean sweep by the Flying L gang, hitting it close on number 12. There were 37 players in the field and points were worth $8.00 each.

Tee time for future Good Old Boys tournaments this winter will be 9:30 am. The additional half hour of daylight will allow the course to warm a few degrees and make those opening holes a little more pleasant on frigid mornings.

On a personal note, I'm pleased to be back as your Good Old Boys correspondent. I enjoyed it when I covered for Jack Finger during his rotator cuff procedure, and look forward to filling in again. Anyone who wants more of my thoughts on golf can visit fairwaywords.com, where I blog about my personal take on this great game.