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Ross Benson a.k.a. Ross_Benson
Golf can be a cruel sport. But even at the worst of times, golf will always teach you a lesson. Ross_Benson, unfortunately, had to learned his lesson in a rather painful way. Enjoy.

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 45 years old and I am a Director of Information Systems.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
In 2008 it was 22 (USGA kept at The Neuse GC in Clayton, NC), now it’s closer to 28 (unofficial).

How often do you play?
I only get to play 1 – 2 times per month.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Last week at Hasentree GC in Wake Forest, NC, I was 78 yds out (par 5 sitting 3) in a sandtrap that I couldn’t see out of (links style sand bunkers with 6-7ft wall) and my partner just said, “Knock it out back into the fairway “(the easy route, and smart choice), but I couldn’t let my testosterone down, I dug in with my Approach Wedge opened the face a bit and swung away, the ball hit once and spun back(never does that either) stopping 4 feet from the pin. What was sure to be a bogie or double for me just minutes before, I putted it in for a par.

What is your best golf memory?
The many rounds of golf played with my brother in laws in Kansas City prior to moving to North Carolina.

What is your "home" course?
From 2007-2009, The Neuse GC in Clayton, NC. Now I’m a member at Riverwood Golf Club, also in Clayton, NC

What ball do you play?
Callaway Hot Bite (The green one)

Drivers: Nike SQ Sumo
Fairway Woods: Nike SQ 2
Irons: Callaway Razr X
Putters: Odyssey White Hot #1
Putters: Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman

Favorite pro?
Phil Mickelson because he’s a Lefty and so am I!

Favorite course you've played?
“The Old Course at Yale”, it has some of the most beautiful and biggest trees.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Tobacco Road in the “sand hills” area near Pinehurst, NC.

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot an 88 with Rental Clubs (and somebody else keeping my score!) at the Biltmore Resort in Scottsdale, AZ in the summer of 2008 with business associates.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Consistency across the board. One time it’s the short irons, next it’s the woods.

Give me an example of a time your SkyCaddie saved you a stroke?
The story above from the Sandtrap at 78yds, I would have guessed it to be closer and would have assuredly used my sand wedge to get out of that bunker, as a result I would have been considerably short. My Approach wedge was the perfect ticket!

Tell me a story.
Many, many years back I was playing at one of my regular courses (Royal Meadows GC, Raytown, Mo) in Kansas City with my brother in laws when I found myself a little ways in the trees on the left side (not unusual). Being somewhat new to the sport my brother in laws were coaching me to just hit it back out of the woods at a 90 degree angle and get it back to the fairway. But that wasn’t going to “save me a shot” and I had a perfect line between some trees in the exact direction of the green which was about 130yds out. The trees were spaced about 3 feet apart and there were a lot of them in every direction. There were even fewer toward the fairway-90 degrees but again that wouldn’t be “advancing the ball” so it didn’t make sense to me.

I told them I was going “That way” (pointing to the Green) and they said, O.K. whatever… I lined up the shot with my 7 iron to try and keep it low, took a practice swing. I could hear my brother in laws talking about the percentage of the shot being successful as they stepped to the other side of the cart for protection. I pulled the iron back thinking I need to hood this a bit to keep it low, swung with all I had and the sound was as follows; Whack! Crack! OHHHHH ! As the ball promptly ricocheted off the left tree I was aiming “between”, came straight back and hit me at xxx miles per hour in the right thigh dropping me to the ground. When I could stand back up my brother in laws were laughing so hard they were in tears. I was in tears too for a different reason, the ball ended up about 10 yards out of the trees, in the fairway at a 90 degree angle from where I was standing, right where they told me to hit it in the first place.

Lesson learned!


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