Pro-Am enjoyable for LR’s Ralston

Bob Ralston said it is always a pleasure to play at Harbor Oaks Golf Course. Many of his opponents probably wish he would enjoy the course a little less.

The 62-year-old won the Harbor Oaks Arkansas PGA Pro-Am on Monday with a 69.

“I played good, so it was fun,” said the Little Rock resident, who beat Reggie Grant by one stroke. “I always enjoy playing this golf course. I played here twice in the last six months and the course is in really good shape.”

The event was moving at a brisk pace until a storm threatened to end the Pro-Am early. But the storm missed the golf course and only brought lightning from a far distance, which did force a 30-minute break in play.

Even with the break, Ralston said he thought all the golfers had a fun time on Monday.

“It’s a fun and challenging course and it’s in good shape,” he said. “I think everyone enjoyed themselves (Monday).”

Ralston earned $200 for finishing first and he credited his win to a good day.

“You always have your ups and downs and today was mostly ups,” he said.

Justin Doherty was one of the other eight professionals that Ralston beat. Doherty shot a 72, but he was part of the team win on Monday. Each professional golfed with four amateurs. Doherty’s group won the team event with a score of 126. He teamed up with Wayne Doherty, Kenny Daniel and Trey Prince.

“We hit the ball well and it was a team effort the whole way around,” Justin Doherty said. “It wasn’t just me by any means. When we needed to help each other out, it worked out pretty good.”

While Doherty would have liked to win the professional part of the Pro-Am, too, he was happy his team came away with the $400 prize.

“This is not bad,” he said. “You never like to lose, but you can’t be the best all of the time.”

The team win also kept a streak going for Doherty. Wayne is his dad and Justin said the two have never lost a Pro-Am together.

“I always pick him up and he’s a good player,” said Justin Doherty of his dad. “We are going to try and do it some more next year.”