Flying L golfers welcome the rain

The final major tournament of the year is being played at Quail Hollow in Charlotte as I write this and the course has been plagued by daily pre-tournament rain. The would have softened the greens on most golf courses and allowed the pros to take dead aim at the flags, but Quail Hollow has high tech machinery to fight Mother Nature.
The course has a sub-air system under the greens so moisture levels can be controlled by what amounts to giant vacuum cleaners drawing the water out of the soil. Players in the tournament are contending with a diabolical combination of soft, damp fairways that limit roll with hard, fast greens that make it difficult to stop the ball on target. Low scores may be in short supply.
Last week’s Good Old Boys tournament was rained out when we finally got some significant rain in Bandera. Hard rain may take golf off the table, but liquid sunshine during a dry Texas summer is always welcome. Course conditions at the Flying L have been improving for the last few months and the rain gave the grass an extra boost.
The Flying L course was ready for play for the Wednesday men’s noon group, and everyone was happy to hit approach shots into some rain-softened greens. The team of Charlie Thomas, Ron Mercier, Mike Dobrsenski, and Doug Hood won the first 6 holes with a score of 3 under par. John Pace, Don Bateman, Tadd Marler, and Rick Swett won the second 6 holes with 1 under par. Kyle Broll, Travis D’Spain, and Bob Bashaw teamed to win the final 6 holes with a score of 3 over par.
John Pace won the individual front and back 9s in the championship flight with net scores of 36 and 33. Don Bateman won the front 9 in the first flight with 34 and Bobby Salyers won the back with 37. Larry Cramer won the second flight front 9 with 41 and Terry Peek won the back with 38. Ron Mercier, John Pace, and Steve Stoops won closest to the hole prizes.
New players are always welcome at the Wednesday noon match. Teams are arranged each week by Flying L head pro Arnie Segura and are balanced by handicap so every team has a chance to win.
Ron Mercier won the championship flight of the August 5 Flying L Men’s Golf Association tournament with a net score of 67. Don Bateman was a close second with 69, followed by Kyle Broll with 73. Bob Bashaw won the first flight with a round of 70. Larry Cramer took second with 72 and Robert Lewis was third with 75. The next Men’s Golf Association event will be a 1-man scramble on Saturday, August 19.
The Flying L will hold a skins scramble on Sunday, August 27 at 12:30. Players compete in teams of 4, with no more than one player in each team holding a handicap of 8 or lower. The handicaps of all 4 team members must total to 45 or higher. Teams may sign up in the Flying L pro shop.