Good golfers often cluster together. The best players in the world can be found living near one another so they can play together and push each other to greater heights. The clubs at Isleworth and Lake Nona outside Orlando are full of the best golfers in the world, and they play together so much that they hold an annual tournament, the Tavistock Cup. The tournament has no official status, but it has become so popular that it receives TV coverage and the players arrange their regular tournament schedules to accommodate this just-for-fun event.
When they aren’t playing one another these golfing neighbors can practice together or just talk shop. It’s a rare sport where the competitors help each other get better, but golfers are known for seeking and getting help from each other. Players may try to beat one another on Sunday, but on Monday they are likely to be hanging out on the putting green, helping each other with their stroke and alignment.
The winners of last week’s Good Old Boys tournament are great examples of how golfers can benefit from collaboration. Harry Caylor and Jim Asher don’t just both live in Boerne; they live on the same street. They must have been sharing tips with one another recently, because they both earned 6 points at the last tournament and tied for the top spot. Caylor collected his points with a round of 82, and Asher made his with a 94.
Two players had 4-point rounds. Fritz Houston, another Boerne boy, shot 89, and Charlie Prokop of Pipe Creek shot 81. Maurice Theis (Boerne, again) earned 3 points with his round of 86. Larry Kirk of Medina tied Theis’ 3 points with a round of 96.
Dale Bowman of Bandera captured closest to the hole honors on number 2. Maurice Theis came within an inch of a hole in one on number 7, but had to settle for the closest to the hole prize. Flying L Director of Golf Instruction Joe Arredondo was closest on holes number 12 and 17. Arredondo took medalist honors with an even par round of 72, and tournament director Charlie Thomas shot 78. There were 25 players in the field and points were worth $4.
The Flying L Member/Guest Tournament was held Sept. 22-23. Ron Mercier of Vanderpool teamed with Flying L Director of Golf Charlie Syphrett to nail down first place in the gross competition with a score of 145. Roy Rodriguez and Ted Brown, both of Bandera, took second place with 153. Robby Kastern, former Flying L Assistant Pro, paid a return visit from his new home in Austin to team with Terry Peek of Bandera for a third place score of 155. The Bandera team of Kris Herchberger and Scott Ecke won low net with a total of 121. Banderans Kyle Broll and Jim Rusell were second with 129, closely followed by Doug Hood and Roger Hueske with 131.
The Flying L Club Championship will be held on Nov. 17-18 and is open to all Flying L season pass holders or anyone living in the Bandera School District. Interested players may call Larry Henson of the Flying L Men’s Golf Association at 575-390-9340.