Russ is a new Astro in 2009.
Russ Ortiz
By Kickntrue on 3/2/09
With Spring Training in full swing in both Florida and Arizona I thought it would be a good time to run a few special Golfer of The Week's with MLB players. Special Thanks to Adam Witter for landing the interviews. First to the plate... or the mound, in this case, Russ Ortiz.

In 2003, Ortiz finished 4th in the NL Cy Young Voting and has pitched for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, and San Francisco Giants. This off-season he signed with the Houston Astros.

How old are you and what's your occupation?
34, MLB pitcher for the Houston Astros

When did you start playing golf and what is your handicap?
Started at age 12, I think. IGÇÖm a 4 handicap now.

How often do you play? In season and during your off season?
Off-season GÇô once every two weeks. In-season, I try to play 15 rounds or so.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I played Tour 18 in Dallas in 2008, on an Augusta replica hole from Amen Corner. On the par 5 I hit a great drive, then hit 5 iron to about 10 ft. Made eagle.

What is your best golf memory?
When my grandpa took me and my brother to golf for the first time.

What is your "home" course?
Alta Mesa Golf Club.

What ball do you play?
Nike One Platinum

Taylor Made R7

Favorite course you've played?
Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valley, New Jersey.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Bandon Dunes, Bandon, Oregon.

Best round ever- and what course?
70 at Ocotillo in Chandler, Arizona.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Mental Approach. I throw clubs!

Being a baseball player, a pitcher specifically, are there any aspects of your pitching you bring into your golf game?
The rhythm. Not trying to do too much and trusting.

And vice versa, is there any part of your golf game that has improved your performance on the baseball diamond?
Letting it happen and not forcing it or trying to be too fine.

An Interesting golf stories?
When I was with the Atlanta Braves I played 3 days in a row with John Smoltz and Greg Maddox at Sahalee in Washington State, then Saucon Valley in PA, then Pine Valley in NJ. Best 3 days yet.

Best golf advice youGÇÖve been given?
See it, feel it, trust it. From GolfGÇÖs Sacred Journey

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player says:
you did not play pine valley
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