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Broll and Perciavalle fight to a draw

This year’s U. S. Open is at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, a new course familiar to only a few of the players. It is an unusual track for an Open, with wide fairways and no trees. But those fairways are lined with knee-high fescue rough and the course is the longest that has ever hosted an Open. Opinions about the course and the likely winner are so diverse that the only safe prediction is that the victor will have the lowest score in the field.
There have been several pre-tournament social media posts from players, including a funny bit featuring Lee Westwood crawling out of the deep fescue proudly announcing that he had found his ball. Rory McIlroy said he wasn’t worried about the rough because golfers should be able to keep their drives in the wide fairways. McIlroy is tied for last in fairways hit after his first round, so we’ll see if his opinion changes.
Kevin Na posted a demonstration of the problems the tall grass can cause. Na threw a ball into the rough and then tried to hit it. He failed to move the ball on the first swing and then lost the ball when it moved a few feet after the second swing. Na has a history with punishing rough. He made a 12 on a hole at the Valero Texas Open after repeated attempts to escape the rocks, cactus and cedar we Hill Country golfers know so well. Na put his experience to good use by playing well in his first round of the Open.
A pair of players did a nice job of avoiding the rough at the Flying L at the recent Good Old Boys tournament. Kyle Broll of Bandera turned in an impressive two under par 70 to earn seven points and a share of first place. San Antonio’s Rocco Perciavalle matched Broll’s seven points with a round of 87.
Bandera and Flying L resident Van Tom “Coach” Whatley took third with a 79, good for two points. Boerne’s Fritz Houston was closest to the hole on number 12 and yours truly, Charlie Prokop of Pipe Creek, was closest on number two.
The team of Walter Stroman, Mike Dexter, Ted Brown, and Rick Swett was the big winner in the Wednesday noon match at the Flying L with victories in two of the team contests. Stroman’s team won the one-ball match with a score of three under par and scored a very nice five under par to win the three-ball match. Ron Mercier, Bob Bashaw, and yours truly teamed up to win the two-ball match with five under par.
Charlie Thomas won the individual front nine in the championship flight with a net 35, and Mike Dexter won the back with 35. Bob Bashaw won the first flight front nine with 39 and Larry Henson survived a three-man scorecard playoff to take the back with 37. Ron Mercier, Coach Whatley, and Larry Henson won closest to the hole prizes.
Teams are signing up for the June 25 Skins Scramble but there is still, room in the field. Interested players may sign–up in the Flying L pro shop.