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Lovett enjoys Good Old Boys win

Few golfers are good enough to justify getting mad about hitting a bad shot. We all remember when we faded a towering fairway metal around the dogleg to 3 feet from the pin, but that was 1 time out of the thousands of times we’ve attempted that shot. Most of the time we hit our fairway metals like the rank amateurs we are, and that’s what we should expect.
Former professional tour player Dennis Paulson tells a story about an angry amateur he played with in the pro-am before a tournament. Paulson watched the amateur get angrier and angrier as he hit one bad shot after another. After finding out the amateur’s handicap Paulson asked, “So why are you angry? You should expect bad shots. Just enjoy the good ones.”
We all could benefit from Paulson’s advice. Rather than getting angry about bad shots and letting our foul mood ruin our day it makes more sense to get excited about those rare good shots and hang on to those good feelings. The great shots may show what we are capable of when we play at our best, but even the top players in the world are seldom at the top of their games.
Fred Couples, one of the best golfers of his generation, said that he once holed out a 9-iron approach shot early in the season and drew on the good feelings from that single shot for the rest of the year. If a golfer as good as Couples can get that excited about one great shot we amateurs certainly should pay more attention to our terrific shots and less to our disasters. We may not become great golfers, but we sure will be happier. And maybe those good feelings will translate into a relaxed swing and a few more good shots.
Bandera’s Peter Lovett will have good memories to draw on as he plays his next rounds of golf. Lovett took the top spot on the Good Old Boys leaderboard at the last tournament with 4-point round of 83. His steady play was highlighted by a birdie on the 12th hole.
David Finger of Fair Oaks Ranch took second with a round of 89, good for 1 point. Boerne’s Walter Stroman was closest to the hole on number 7 and won medalist honors with 76. Mark Reiser, also of Boerne, was closest on number 17.
One team swept the Flying L Men’s Wednesday noon game. Walter Stroman, Mike Dexter, Buddy Antwine, Doug Hood, and Larry Cramer won the front 9, back 9, and total 18-hole matches with scores of 6, 3, and 13 under par, respectively. These scores are especially impressive because every player‘s score counted on the par 3 and par 5 holes, so good play by all team members was required.
Bob Bashaw, Bobby Salyers, Steve Vickers, and Buddy Antwine won closest to the hole prizes. Ron Mercier won the championship flight front 9 and yours truly, Charlie Prokop, won the back 9. Jim Martin won the first flight front 9 and Larry Cramer won the back 9.