Marvin Searcy posted rounds of 72-76 last weekend to earn the title “County Champion” for the annual GCCA stroke play championships. Other flight winners were Larry Poe (81-75), Marc Napier and Richard Ledet. 

Searcy also got off to a good start in the Thursday Cash Game Winter Series, winning low gross with a one-under-par 71, tying for first low net on the par 4s and sharing team low net with Wally Holmes, Justin Cann and Sunny Holmes. Hal Gregory nabbed another proximity prize and Wally Holmes edged Sunny Holmes by a stroke for low individual net. 

Throughout the year, MGGC has collected donations to buy toys for the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County. Their annual “Kidsmas” tournament on Dec. 15 will generate more funds to help make the season bright. It’s a two-person scramble with a noon shotgun start, and the entry fee is $50 ($40 for annual pass holders) plus an unwrapped toy. Contact Joshua Buckley (409-683-4256 or 409-771-3891) or Jerri Hamachek (409.683.4249 or 409.789.2607) to get involved. Santa’s watching.

 Let it snow!

Someone said the four seasons around here — and they don’t sing at all — are Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer and Christmas. Well, Christmas is coming, even if I am sitting here in still damp shorts and T-shirt after my trip to the fitness center. (No laughing allowed.)

Perhaps this time of year should be labeled “onion,” since early morning golf commonly requires layers of warm clothing that must be peeled at varying rates as frost delayed tee times give way to balmy back nines. 

We each have our own ideas on how to dress for winter golf; however, we may not be so keen on how to stay sharp or even improve our swings during those periods when avoiding the inclement weather is our choice. OptiShot might be the answer, and it can be purchased online, free shipping included (GolfLogix). It’s a simulator claiming a” highly realistic, three-dimensional visual golf environment” which can be used “All in the comfort of your own home”. Four people can play using their own clubs and hitting shots from tee to green, and it comes with infrared swing pad, adjustable rubber tees, free software updates and a 180-day warranty. Invite a few friends to share the $400 purchase price, and spend the cold days with a cold drink in your own living room playing golf. 

You could take advantage of TopGolf Houston. It’s a driving range, grill and nightclub all in one spot, with three tiers of hitting bays. Created in England in the 1990s and brought to the U.S. in 2005, it’s the only place I know this side of The Links at Green Caye that offers just about year round, weatherized practice. It only opened a couple of days ago, and it is way on the west side of Houston; however, plans are to bring the concept to the Clear Lake area within the next couple of years. Check out TopGolf Houston online, or just wait for my post-visit report.   

Next week, plan to take notes on just what your golfer should want for Christmas. And just why Santa wants your golfer to pay close attention to Rule 14-1b.

Be safe, on and off the course. 

Birdies, Bogeys and Badges

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at Gean.GDNgolf@gmail.com.

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