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Martin scores fourth career ace

Most of us hope to be lucky enough to make just one ace in years of golf. One way to increase the chances of a hole-in-one is to hit the ball straight at the hole, and no one at the Flying L hits it straighter than Jim Martin. Martin collected his fourth career ace on March 14 when he conquered the 12th hole in a single, mighty blow. Members of his foursome knew it was a very good shot when the ball hit the green, but it disappeared in the glare of the sun. It wasn’t until we all reached the green and found the ball in the hole that the celebration could begin.
In addition to Martin’s ace, the other highlight of the Flying L week was a Ladies’ Golf Association two-day eclectic tournament. Players completed two 18-hole rounds and the best score on each hole counted toward the final tally. Patti Futch was overall champion with a gross score of 85. SueAnn Jacoby won the net score competition in the championship flight with 63. Mary Conley was second with 64 and JoAnn Hill was third with 65.
Louise Henson won the first flight net race with an impressive 56. JoAnn Hanson was close behind with 58, and Liz McRae took third with 66. Patti Futch and Kathy Antwine won closest to the hole prizes and Kathy Koch made the longest putt on the 18th hole.
Bandera County resident James Skoglund makes a habit of finding a spot on the Good Old Boy leaderboard. He took the big prize at the most recent tournament with a winning four-point round of 84. Bandera and Flying L resident Van Tom “Coach” Whatley took second place and won the closest to the hole prize on number two with a nice two-pointer of 79.
Three players tied for third. Bandera resident Ted Brown shot 81 for one point. Brown also was closest to the hole on number 12. San Antonio’s Joe Davis earned one point with an 86. San Antonio’s Chris Finger continued his streak of good finishes with a 90 for one point.
The Flying L Couples League held a scramble on March 12. Janet Hooten and yours truly, Charlie Prokop, took first in the championship flight with a net 67.9. Kathy and Buddy Antwine were second with 69.8 and Marilyn Dawson and Scott Ecke took third with 70.1. Linda and Ted Brown won the first flight with 75.2, followed by Liz and Gayle Koeninger ‘s 75.4 and Luana and DeWayne Pirtle’s 76.3.
The Flying L Men’s Golf Association took to the course in an individual net score tournament on March 11. Buddy Antwine won the championship flight with 68. Coach Whatley took another second place prize with 69, followed by Ron Mercier with 71. Andy Walker won the first flight with 71. Jeff Antill was close behind with 72 and Ted Brown was next with 73.
The next Men’s Golf Association event will be a three-person two low-ball event on Saturday, March 25 at 10 am. The next Couples League tournament will be on Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm. Players may sign up in the Flying L pro shop.