By Jack Finger
Charlie Wilson is a longtime member of the Good Old Boys Golf League who hardly ever misses playing in the GOB’s Monday morning Stableford tournaments at the Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera.
He’s an easy-going sort of guy, fun to be around, who seems always to wear a big smile while delivering a joke or a quip or two.
The big fella from Bandera, who retired in 1985 after a 32-year teaching career in Galveston, takes neither the game of golf or himself too seriously. Because of that you may not have expected to see him out on the course battling those recent 30-something temperatures and 20-something miles-an-hour bone-chilling winds.
But there he was in last week’s outing suffering along with 44 other die hards. As it turned out, Jolly Charlie’s misery was eased somewhat by his winning first place in the Stableford tournament with a husky eight points above his handicap, all gathered in by virtue of his 18-hole score of 86.
As he might have put it, “The cold doesn’t seem so bad if you can win a few shekels in the tournament.”
David Finger of Fair Oaks Ranch broke out of his recent slump by shooting a hot round of 83 that netted five points and second place. He had a 38 in his first nine holes, then bumped along to a 45 on the back nine.
In third place with four points each were Fred Luddeke of Bandera and Dr. H.C. Day of Boerne. Luddeke shot a 93 and Doc Day a 95.
Six players tied for fourth place with two points each. They included Jose Uribe of Medina, 95; Fritz Houston, Boerne, 88; Sam Martin, Lakehillls, 92; Bill DeGaugh, Bandera, 87; Bert Bednarz, Geronimo, 96; and Ray Raymond, Yancey, 94. Art Wenske of Bandera and Martin won closest to the pin prizes, Dale Felps of Boerne was medalist with a 79 and points were worth $6 each.
An individual low net tournament for both men and women will be the next tournament to be presented by the Flying L Golf Association at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Flying L Guest Ranch course in Bandera.
Participants are asked to sign up for the tournament well in advance by calling the Flying L pro shop at (830)796-8466 or (800)646-5407.
New president of the FLGA is Ron Mercier of Bandera who announced the following winners of the first scramble tournament of the year staged Jan. 21.
First place: Larry Upton, Louise DeGaugh, M.J. Raser, and Dick Shafer, 64
Second place: Mike Kornmann, Roger Raser, Rich Koch, Luana Pirtle, 65
Third place: Zobeida Rivera, Roy Rodriguez, De Wayne Pirtle, Carole Martin, 67.