At the golf course. . .

What a week. Getting back to Brady after a 15-day absence, I got back to work on the Couples Tournament. The gang back home had done most of the work, but I was out there early to check out things and to see what the early morning storm had done. The ‘white water’ was run-ning great. The water was within a few feet of the ladies’ No. One tee box and several feet over the cart bridges on No. One and Five. After watching the water all day, it was decided that the couples in the tournament would play 27 holes starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. There were 33 couples brave enough to try. The pairings was determined by a draw, and the last nine holes was the magic number. The Championship Flight was won with a total score of 92 by Richard V. Roper and Denise Nichols. Richard N. Roper and Carla Landes came in second with a score of 96, followed by Skip Priess and Debbie Young of San Angelo with a 99. The First Flight was won by Dean and Rama Jones of Sterling City with a score of 104. The teams of James Toeppich, of Art, and Connie Stockbridge of Mason and Don Head and Gail Bryant, both came in with a score of 106. In a scorecard playoff, Toeppich and Stockbridge got second and Head and Bryant came in third. The Second Flight was won by the golf course Supt. Randy Means and his playing partner ,Holly Danford, of San Angelo, with a score of 109. Rick and Ginger Waldrop of Spicewood and Richard and Mae Journeay of Melvin tied with a score of 111. In a scorecard playoff, the Waldrop team got second and Journeay team won third. Don Head got closest-to-the-pin for the men and Denise Nichols won for the women. My group of the Smiths from Robert Lee and the Wilsons from Austin were not in the money, but we had the most fun. The week ending on Sunday was very successful. There were 31 participants in the Sunday Hully Gully. Closest-to-the-pin was won by one of our newest members, Rod Leonard. First place was won by the team of Jeremy Shields, Swede Carlson, Jay Medrano and Jimmie Fore with a 56. Second was the team of Terri Virdell, Rod Leonard, Larry Smith, Bobbie Williams and Leroy Keese with a 58. Coming in third was Keelan Johnson, Brent Rabion, Jay May and Drew Wilton with a 59. Other players participating were, Tommy Howell, Kathy Powell, Scott Garner, Dean Hahn, Don Crooks, Terry Virdell, Charlie Bush, Curtis Owens, Jamye Graves, Denise Nichols, Tiffany Nichols, James Stewart, Peanut Owens, Ted Morgan, David Graves, David Brown, Brad Childs and Bobby Williams. The afternoon finished with a meeting of the association. Randy Means and Brady Mayor James Stewart addressed the group. Due to a lack of a quorum, no action was taken on any business matters. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Brady City Council for the great support they gave to the golf course by passing the motion for the installation of the sprinkler system on the first reading with a unanimous approval. We are looking forward to seeing positive results at the golf course. Even though I was out of town for 15 days, I did not forget golfing. Bobbie’s son, Stephen Curry, Bobbie and I got to play nine holes on the Toya Country Club at Wroclaw, Poland. I shot a 35 and Bobbie shot a 40 (too bad it was a par-30 course.) We arrived in Frankfort, Germany, June 27 and went by train to Heidelberg and Munich. From there, we went to Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, we viewed the palace where President Bush, and the Czech Republic President recently had their missile placement meeting the week before. Leaving Prague, we again traveled by train through Germany and back to Wroclaw. After spending several days visiting with Bobbie’s son and his wife, Carrie (both of whom are International school teachers in Poland) and granddaughter, Kyla, we again got on the train, this time to Berlin. After hearing about the Holocaust, the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, the con-centration camps, etc. it was a good history lesson to see these things. After a stop in Hanover, Germany, we arrived in Amster-dam. Bobbie and I are both Lions and our hotel in Amsterdam was the weekly meeting place for the local Lions Club. It was great seeing the worldwide influence of the Lions Club Organization. We got back to Frankfort, Germany, July 9. Our flight left the morning of July 10 and we arrived in Dallas on the 10th, accompanied by our daughter-in-law, Carrie, and granddaughter, Kyla. One piece of Carrie’s luggage never left Frankfort so it had to be sent to Brady by FedEx the next day. After being up for about 28 hours, we spent the night in Dallas and got back to Brady the afternoon of July 11. I was so happy to get back, I kissed my pickup.

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