Won 39th Annual Battle Intense Tournament
Aced hole-in-one at Live Oak Course within a week
“Dude, you need to go buy a lottery ticket right now,” Tyler Walsh told the smiling man who walked up to the sales counter at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club Saturday afternoon. “I’m serious. This just doesn’t happen!”
The previous Saturday, June 17, 2017, Jay Robertson and his golf partner Rob Simons, won the 39th Annual Member-Guest Battle Intense Golf Tournament, a premier community and charity four-day event. Just seven days later, June 24, 2017, Robertson accomplished a goal some golfers spend their entire life trying to achieve. He selected a Siron 5-iron Ping Bridgestone from his golf bag, stepped up to the number three tee-box of the Live Oak course, took a swing at the flag 191-yards away.
“Wow, this is going to be a good shot,” Robertson thought.
“Then, four guys who were watching started yelling and that’s when I realized it was a hole-in-one,” Robertson said later.
Greg and Mary Shue, his partners on the round, joined Robertson in jumping up for joy as they comprehended what had just occurred. Jay Angrove and Jay Bomgaars, two of the witnesses, shouted their congratulations.
How did it feel? Robertson was quick to answer:
“I was serious about him buying a lottery ticket,” Walsh, the assistant pro who took Robertson’s hole-in-one information at the Golf Shop counter, laughed. “There is no doubt winning the Battle Intense tournament and getting a hole-in-one within a week took skill, but gosh, it also took some luck too!”
Robertson, the owner of South Texas Outfitters, has lived in the Boerne area five years and said he “took up golf again about two years ago.” Although he enjoys making customers happy with customizing and accessorizing their trucks, vacationing in Telluride, Colorado, watching movies such as “The Gladiator,” and listening to Country music, there is no doubt after striking it big in golf these past seven days, he has the “golf fever” going on.
The Live Oak Course–at 7007 yards with a 132-slope designed by Gary Player, Ron Kirby and modified by D. A. Weibring—is one of two signature golf courses, totaling 36 holes offered at Fair Oaks Ranch. The Director of Golf, Phil Wiese and Head Golf Professional Berny Wise provide some of the best tournaments in south Texas.
Fair Oaks Ranch is about 15-minutes northwest of San Antonio up IH-10 West. The city evolved from several parcels of land acquired from oil man Ralph Fair, Sr. during the 1930s. “The working ranch, which had a dairy and granary, was first a center for Mr. Fairʼs racehorse operation,” the Fair Oaks website states. “Later, Mr. Fair established a registered Hereford cattle operation including a cutting-edge artificial insemination program.”
“The ranch developed its own Hereford bloodline from a bull named Battle Intense (born in 1941) and today the renowned bovine is given tribute at (the) annual golf tournament bearing his name. After the death of Mr. and Mrs. Fair, the family decided to develop a portion of the ranch as a residential community in 1975. In 1978 the 14,000 sq. ft. Fair home became a country club and to this day remains a focal point for social activity on The Ranch.”