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Peek rides great start to victory

Charles Prokop

By Charles Prokop

The opening holes set the tone for a round of golf. Good scores on the first holes put players in a fine mood, confidence grows, and they look forward to that record-setting score. In fact, courses have inviting opening holes to encourage this confidence. Course architects don't make the first hole easy so players can warm up; golfers are supposed to do that on the range and practice putting green before the round. That opening hole is designed to ease a player into his or her game, to give a player a chance to feel optimistic before hopes are dashed in the hazards to come.

But sometimes those hopes aren't dashed and good play continues. Just ask Terry Peek of Bandera who rode an opening hot streak to an impressive 9-point round of 85 in last week's Good Old Boys tournament at the Flying L. Terry started his round on hole number 14, the least dangerous par 4 on the back nine. After a par on 14 he cruised through the tough holes that follow, including carding a rare birdie on the always difficult 18th.

"I've never had such a good start," Peek said. "I just felt confident, I knew the ball was going where I wanted it to. My swing just felt right." The retired Vice President from Wenatchee Valley State College now makes his home off the 10th fairway at the Flying L, and he takes advantage of his home near the course by practicing hard and playing often.

He can frequently be found on the driving range or the practice putting green, working on grooving his stroke. It looks like all that play and practice is starting to pay off.

David Finger of Boerne captured second place, earning 6 points with a nice round of 83. Finger edged out three players who tied for third with 5-point rounds. Robbie Kastern, the assistant pro at the Flying L, earned his 5 points and medalist honors with an excellent even par round of 72.

Mike Medina of Bandera collected 5 points from his round of 88, and Bill Martinot, our winter Texan from Canada's frozen tundra, continued his fine play with a 5-point round of 78.

Four players tied for fourth place with 4-point rounds. Ron Darby, who summers in Lubbock and winters in Bandera, rode a new putter to a 78.

San Antonio's Tom McGuire carded an 89, Hubert Lange of San Antonio scored a 96, and Roger Hill, a winter Texan from South Dakota, carded a 97.

The mild weather brought out the best in many players. Seven players turned in rounds in the 70's. In addition to Kastern's 72 and the78's of Martinot and Darby, Bandera's Charlie Thomas was runner-up medalist with a smooth 75. Boerne's Bob Savage continued his sterling play with a 79, as did Banderans Mike Kornmann and Galen Wagner.
There were closest to the pin chances on all four par 3 holes. Mike Kornmann took the prize on number 2, Tom McGuire nailed it at number 7, Ron Darby hit it to six feet on number 12, and Jack Finger got inside everyone else on number 17. There were 46 players in the field and points were worth $3.00.