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Wright and Brown star at Flying L

A round of golf can swing from comedy to tragedy and end in ecstatic victory or crushing defeat. Players leave the course laughing and looking forward to the next day or swearing they’ll never pick up another club. Wild mood swings may be hard on golfers, but they make for great movie material.
On one end of the cinematic spectrum we have Caddyshack. The dueling of Ted Knight and Chevy Chase at Bushwood Country Club is funny, but the real star of the show is Bill Murray. As the more than slightly demented greens keeper Carl Spackler, Murray hopelessly pursues a gopher destroying Bushwood’s fairways and dreams of PGA stardom as he whacks off the heads of blooming carnations.
Way, way out on the other end of the spectrum is The Legend of Bagger Vance. This film is a retelling of the hero’s journey from the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna inspires a reluctant hero to fulfill his destiny in battle, while in Bagger Vance a caddie inspires a golfer to find his true self and his authentic swing in his struggles on the golf course.
Caddyshack and Bagger Vance could not be more different, but Bagger Vance was written by Steven Pressfield, who grew up caddying and learning golf in a country club setting much like Bushwood. Pressfield credits those experiences and Caddyshack as his inspiration for Bagger Vance. It can be a short trip from the ridiculous to the sublime (and back again) in a round of golf and in life.
Two Good Old Boys were probably feeling like they’d found their swing after their performance in the last tournament. Bandera resident Don Wright tied with tournament director and fellow Banderan Ted Brown for first place, as both players earned three points. Wright shot 92 and Brown shot 78.
Brown’s round perfectly illustrates the swings of momentum and emotion common in golf. After a respectable front nine score of 40 Brown opened the back nine with three pars and a bogey. The battle was then joined, as Brown closed the round by going birdie, double bogey, birdie, birdie, double bogey. It’s hard to say if Krishna or Spackler came out on top, but you can be sure both Wright and Brown will be eager to get back out on the course again.
San Antonio’s Chris Finger took third place with a two-point round of 91, followed by Bandera and Flying L resident Jim Martin with 1 point from an 88. San Antonio’s Rocco Perciavalle was closest to the hole on number seven. Rich Koch, a winter resident of the Flying L and summer resident of Mora, Minnesota, won the closest to the hole prize on number 17.
The Flying L Couples League and the Men’s Golf Association will co-host a day/night tournament on Saturday, April 29. This fun event will include nine holes of day golf followed by nine holes of night golf with illuminated pins and balls that glow after being struck. Tee time for this four-person scramble will be 5 pm. Players may sign up in the Flying L pro shop.