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James Tucker a.k.a. Tucker8541
You might want to read Tucker8541's story before the next time you decide to hit golf balls off the roof of a building. Otherwise, I hope you have the number of a good dentist. Enjoy

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 35 years old and I am a wounded veteran from Iraq., student, laid off.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing in 1997 with many gaps in between because of deployments. I am currently playing to an 8 handicap.

How often do you play?
1 round of golf a week during the Chicago season, which is basically 5 months out of the year.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I was playing a par 4 326 yards hole in San Diego. The fairway went on a steep slope up for about 160 yards then back down for the remainder to the green. I drove the green from the tee and one putted for an eagle! Didn't see the ball travel after it cleared the fairway lip, but it must of had some great roll time.

What is your best golf memory?
My dad lives in LA and I only get to play a round with him every couple of years. It's great to know I got him into the game and see him progress every time we get a chance to play.

What is your "home" course?
Embarrassed to say, Indian Boundary (Forest Preserve course). Very wide fairways, few bounkers, and water on only 5 holes. Nice to play there, you never really lose a ball and you can really work on your game. They need a driving range though.

What ball do you play?
I play the Callaway Warbird at my home course. On courses that are real nice, I opt for the Titleist NXTs.

Ping Irons and Putter, Taylormade R11 Driver and 3-wood and my trusty Callaway Stealhead III 5-wood. Cleveland wedges, 60, 56, and 54.

Favorite pro?
Alive- Tiger Woods. I kind of relate to him - same age, injuries, struggling game and women problems.
Dead- Payne Stewart

Favorite course you've played?
Cog Hill, DubsDread. It's the home of the BMW Open!

Dream course you've yet to play?
Pebble Beach and any of Donald Trumps' courses.

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot a 70 at my home course, Indian Boundary. I barelly needed to pull my putter because I had tap ins the whole back nine.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Long Irons!!! Approach Shots are the money makers!

Give me an example of a time your SkyCaddie saved you a stroke?
My SkyCaddie saves me strokes every round - I never trust the yardage markers!

Tell me a story.
In Iraq, I was hitting golf balls from the top of a building over the wall of our base. A gunny came up there and I thought I was toast! He yells, "What the ---- you doing there Devil Nutz!" I frooze. I was a deer caught in headlights! He said, "Relax and and give me that club!"

He told me he hadn't hit a golf ball in over a year and he wants a turn. He said "Watch this, I'm gonna hit the mosque!" I handed him my 5-iron and he proceeded to hit it thin. The roof we were on had a 6 inch lip around the edge of the roof and we were about 10 feet from it. Well sure enough he hit it! The ball came right back at him and smashed him in the mouth. I couldn't laugh, all I could do was wait for his reaction! He spit out his front teeth and said, "You punched me while we were grappling, now give me a ride to medical."

He would rather have others think that I, a 225 muscle bound marine sniper, accidently knocked his teeth out while grappling then to have other marines give him crap about him doing it by hitting golf balls on the roof in Iraq.


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Tuck8541 says:
rolandf says:
That is a great story James!!!

Great golf to you and thank you for your service to your country. I am from Canada, but any chance I have to thank a serviceman, be it in person or electronically such as now, is a huge privelage. No matter what flag they fly (in our part of the world, anyway).

Again, THANK YOU!!!
Kanadian says:
I am also a Canadian. You are doing a great thing serving your Country. Thank you Devil Nutz. My girlfriend thinks i am crazy because i stand when the Canadian National Anthem comes on if we are at home watching a hockey game. As a man serving your country does / would you do the same?
gdiehl219 says:
Let me be the first American to thank you for your service. I'm sure many will follow if they see this. I really got a kick out of your story. Good thing it was only teeth!! lol
kaleun76 says:
Thank you for your service.
Greatest golf story I've heard in a long time.
IronMike PBCC MD says:
My name's Jim Tucker an I'm a mean "#%$%*r #&^@"r". Hell of a Great Story.. By any chance that Gunny's name wasn't JP SAUL was it?

Semper Fi Brother from an "ole brown shoe" of the Vietnam Era.

Wishing you the very best in future Blessings. Keep your chin up. Things will begin to look up after 2012!!
bqville says:
Thanks for your service and nice job getting to an 8. Hope you keep it going.
slhoar says:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!! And GREAT story....I'm still laughing!!!
golfnut66 says:
Thank you for your service and a great story.
firemedicmarine says:
Semper Fi. Sounds like a Gunny I had in 1991
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