One of the interesting aspects of attending the Dell Match Play Championship is running into friends and local golfers and having the chance to renew friendships and talk about the players, the golf course and the tournament.
Randy Reynolds, shown here on the right with a friend whose son was a standard bearer for one of the groups, has been a mainstay of local amateur golf for some time. Randy and a group of friends operate the Austin Amateur Golf website and host a schedule of tournaments in a season long race to accumulate points toward the Rudy’s Cup. For those of you who are not familiar with the Rudys I-35 Cup, it is a competition between Austin and San Antonio and all the players earn their spots on the teams.
Larry Nunez, who has been an excellent player in the Austin Area for quite a while, was out watching the golf with friends. Nunez related that he has been working on his game in the off season and is looking forward to competing this year. Nunez has been working with Golf Tec and went to their “boot camp”. He’s made some changes in his swing and feels like it is starting to come around.
Lisa Allen and her business partner Mikiel Featherston enjoyed lunch on the patio of Austin Country Club with family, friends and clients. They find the event convenient to spend time with all of the above while sharing a love of golf. And it was a beautiful day.
Dave Pelz, short game guru to many of the professional golfers, enjoys watching good golf and attending golf tournaments. He is shown here looking at a scoreboard while making plans to follow his favorite groups. Pelz worked with Tom Kite to track short shots and together they introduced the 60 degree wedge to Kite’s club selection. He was the first to do so. At the time most people thought they were crazy. Turns out they were crazy like a fox. Following that change Kite went on to some of his most successful years on tour and now, the 60 degree wedge is part of the game.
Ras Redwine the fifth, Mrs. Fisher, Ras Redwine the sixth, and Mike Fisher were enjoying the day at the course. Ras the 5th grew up playing against Crenshaw and has great stories to tell. Ras the 6th, in the Stetson, is about to open a hat shop on Barton Springs Road next to the Green Mesquite so stop in there and check it out. We met Ras the 7th, who is about four years old, at a local restaurant. He goes by the name of Seven. Imagaine that.
Matt and Amy Werneke, along with Ty Willis, are preparing to follow a group around the course. Werneke is the golf coach at High School, where the Boys and Girls teams are winning state championships on a regular basis. Amy is a teacher and Ty is Amy’s Dad. The whole family has a deep and abiding love and appreciation for the game of golf. Matt is a former City Austin City Champion and continues to play well when he has a little time to practice. Ty plays at Austin Country Club and enjoys watching the pros on his home course.
Don and Kelly Wilhelm, members at Austin Country Club, were out enjoying good weather and watching the pros. They live across 360 and enjoy being members of the club. Don doesn’t play as much as he would like to because they are busy working and raising children. He also likes to hunt and fish.
John Pigg, a founding member and mainstay of The Hannon Cup Association was out enjoying the golf. John has been a fine player for years and has won numerous championships. He supports several charity related golf events, such as the Shriners Hospital and has been on the Board of Directors for the Trans-Miss golf tournament.