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Gordon Thomson a.k.a. Gordon 1955
Falling down on the golf course is never fun. And it's even worse when you land on your ball during match play, costing you the hole. It's a good thing the clubhouse severals adult beverages.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 55 years old and recently took early retirement following a major reorganization at my work place. (13 managers became 6).
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf when I was still at school but gave up for a few years when career and family meant I had little spare time. In the last 30 years I have only “actively” played golf for 5 or 6 years (i.e . played more than a handful or rounds per year. My youngest son joined a golf club two years ago and got me playing again – on a pay and play basis. In August last year I joined my local golf club. My very first handicap was 12 and I am now playing off 20.
How often do you play?
I play 2 or 3 times per week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I have had two holes in one – one on a par 4 hole. However my greatest shot was an albatross on a 501 yard par 5 hole. This consisted of two good shots – a drive straight down the middle of a narrow fairway leaving about 230 yards to go. I hit a 3 wood and after several bounces and a decent roll the ball ended up in the hole. Most people would think that is my luckiest shot but I like to think that it the greatest shot I have played.
What is your best golf memory?
Winning the Scottish District Army Golf Scratch Event in 1982. There was a large field of qualifiers and I finished with a score of 6 over par. I knew that I had a chance for the handicap prize (playing off 12 at the time) but never dreamt that I would have a chance at the scratch prize. No one was more surprised when I found that I had won both prizes!
What is your "home" course?
Teign Valley, neat Exeter in Devon.
What ball do you play?
In winter I tend to play any ball (usually find a few balls on the course). In the summer I tend to play with a Srixon Soft Feel Golf Ball or Titleist NXT.
Drivers: Mizuno MP-630
Fairway Woods: Mizuno MP-630 Titanium
Hybrids: Mizuno MP-CLK
Irons: MacGregor MT Tourney
Putters: Ping Anser 1
Jack Nicklaus – My hero when I was growing up. Not only one of the greatest golfers but he was an excellent role model.
My favourite current pro would be Lee Westwood. He has consistently been top of the rankings in Europe and the World for the last few months and is an unassuming character both on and off the course.
Favorite course you've played?
Royal Lytham St Annes – a Championship Course which has hosted the British Open.
Dream course you've yet to play?
Best round ever- and what course?
Royal Lytham St Annes – was invited to play there as part of a corporate event. Played to handicap and finished in the top three winning a custom made putter.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Better swing rhythm – currently my back swing is too fast and I lose control at the top of the swing.
Give me an example of a time your SkyCaddie saved you a stroke?
I am not very consistent (2 out of 5 shots do not end up the way I want them too!). I hit a wild slice and my usual rescue shot would be to play safe back onto my own fairway still leaving about 170 yards to the green. I quick look on the SkyCaddie however gave me an option of playing a hybrid down the wrong fairway to a lay-up about 80 yards from the green. Got down in 3 (could have been 2 if I had sunk a 20ft putt). From 170 I might have got down in 3 but unlikely!
Tell me a story.
Last winter (December 2009) I was playing match play with my son. I missed the green and my ball went down the steep grassy slope. I was carrying my clubs and I lost my grip on the wet grass. After slipping several feet on my rear I landed up at the bottom of the slope next to my ball. After my son realized that I was not injured he fell about laughing but the worst was that he claimed the hole when I slid into my own ball! I was now soaking wet and muddy – luckily my mishap happened on the 9th hole so I gave him the match and retired to the clubhouse for a warm shower and several cold drinks.
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