Winning comes the Wright way
September 04, 2013, 8:00 am by Mark Goodson
Sometimes winning doesn’t feel like winning.
It happened last week.
With about three holes left in the round of golf, my friend Esther Wright and I were telling each other "Sorry didn’t play so well, but it was good to see you again.’’
It was muggy, hot and the body and mind were wore out after a couple of non-stop weeks putting out our Fall Preview editions.
Golf and a trip down Texas 71 to Bastrop were in order.
Getting to play a round of golf with Ms. Esther Wright is something I’ve always cherished. It’s been a while since she taught English and physical education at Llano High School, but she’s still plugging away.
Wednesday was a chance to play in another Bastrop Senior Golf Association four-person scramble tournament. I covered many of them and I’ve played in a few.
It’s always fun to join Esther and the seniors of Bastrop.
Heard things like, "he’s just like a old penny, he keeps coming back.’’
It’s a great group. Thankfully the tournament, was a scramble. Thanks to our partners Ken Watts and Mark Clark. Those two can crush a golf ball.
I spent the day driving my friend Esther’s cart and swinging the golf clubs. I’ ve got some work to do. Most of the day, I was clipping trees with my shots and making divots in the sandy soil at Bastrop’s Lost Pines Golf Course. As usual in a scramble I try to make a putt or two and get lucky with the 5-iron.
At the day’s end we shot 5-under 65, we’re loading up Esther’s cart and getting ready to go hit the Whataburger for a soda. That’s when Ken Watt came up and peeled off a few bills.
We were in the money. It was a first in a handful of tries for me with the Bastrop bunch.
It wasn’t only in the money, it was good for first place, a stroke ahead of a multiple tie for second.
We’ll take it. Meanwhile Esther Wright will continue to amaze. She’s 96 years of age and plays golf "two and three times a week.’’
She’s the original girls basketball coach at Bastrop and spent her life teaching and coaching. Her last job was at Llano High School for a dozen years (1965-1979) where she taught English and physical education.
Everybody in Bastrop knows her. She attends Bastrop games regularly. She’s always in church every Sunday.
She’s been honored in many ways. On Wednesday, it was good to see her again and no matter what the score, she’s a winner.
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