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Matt Hauth a.k.a. mhauth
Did you know there is a major in college for golf? Good thing Matt Hauth our GoW knew. He has a couple great stories to tell from it including almost killing a bishop.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
21 Year Old - Professional Golf Management (PGA/PGM) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf 10 years ago. My current handicap is 3.9.
How often do you play?
During the season probably 3-5 times per week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
In the Pepsi Peter Jacobsen challenge in Oregon back during 2003. I played a terrible first round and didn't want to finish that way. I was on the 34th hole of the tournament, I had just missed an easy putt on the previous hole. The 16th hole is about 320 Yards long, but there is a lake in front of the green and the green is elevated some 75 feet. You need to hit a 4 iron at most to lay up short of the water. So I hit the four, it went about 20 yards right. I landed right behind a pine tree some 25 feet tall. I had a look at the green but if I wanted to hit the green I would have to really kill a pitching wedge from 145 yards. I said why not, the worst thing that can happen is I am hitting 4 from 90 yards out over the water. So I stood up to the ball picked my line and swung like I meant it. I missed the tree, the ball was going right as the pin. It landed 4 feet from the hole, spun back and dropped in for an eagle! The tournament commissioner for the Oregon Junior Golf Association happened to see and came running over and gave me a hug. It was great to have that one posted on the scoreboard.
What is your best golf memory?
Probably the weekend of October 20th and 21st of 2007. I had completed my second PGA internship at the Bay Harbor Golf Club. My cousin flew into Detroit where I picked him up. We went along with another Assistant (Byron Stewart from the Bay Harbor Golf Club) to Oakland Hills Golf Club and played the South Course. That night we drove to Chicago, the next morning we arrived at Medinah where I met my friend Andrew Stevens (A UCCS PGM student). He had booked us a tee time for Course #3 at noon. We finished the round. I did it in fashion with a 20 foot birdie putt on hole number 18! I am very proud to say that I parred the first hole at Oakland Hills and birdied the final hole at Medinah. The is a great memory especially because they are both Ryder Cup courses. Not a bad weekend!
What ball do you play?
Titleist Pro V1x
Titleist 735 CM Irons, Taylor Made R7 TP, Titleist 980 3W, Titleist Spin Milled Wedges - Oil Can, Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2 (Custom Painted by me!)
Favorite course you've played?
Medinah Course #3
Dream course you've yet to play?
Cypress Point Club
Best round ever- and what course?
68 at Pumpkin Ridge - Ghost Creek
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My short game. I mean If I hit 15 greens, three putt all of
those, that's no good. And the three greens that I miss I don't get up and down that is still a terrible score. I mean the long game will come along with practice, but it will never be perfect.
Tell me a story.
Playing in a tournament to benefit Marylhurst University at Pumpkin Ridge. I am friend with the Catholic Bishop of Oregon. He was playing in the group ahead of me. The 10th hole at Ghost Creek is reachable especially with a good drive. We still have 245 yards to the green, so I took out driver and decided to go for it. I pured it. The next hole some guy chews me out for almost killing the Bishop. The bishop said not to worry, he did say the ball flew all the way to the green to within 6 inches of his head when it landed! Yikes, that would have taken a lot of prayers to get my sorry behind into heaven.
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