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Hugh Dame a.k.a. hughdame
I can't imagine a better Golfer of the Week for today than Hugh Dame. He just joined oobgolf this week- and when I saw the picture he attached I knew he was perfect. Even if you decide not to read his profile, you MUST scroll down and see this picture and read his story from Augusta National.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
Hugh Dame. I am 76 years old and am a retired General Surgeon.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf at age 30 when I was an intern. My best handicap ever was 4 and I am now 13.
How often do you play?
When weather permits, I play 5 times a week but this winter in the Spokane area, I had a 5 month layoff due to weather!
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Here is a story of a great shot I made at Augusta National in 1987 (picture below- scroll down- MUST SEE) I took a shot at the green in two (on number #13) only to have the ball come to rest among some rocks but at least half the ball was exposed. I took my Ping sand wedge and hit one of the greatest shots of my life. It came to rest four feet from the flagstick. Don't ask.
What is your best golf memory?
I have many great golf memories including playing Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, San Francisco Golf Club, Sawgrass and Augusta. This shot at Augusta is probably the highlight. I have also made four aces in my life.
What is your "home" course?
My home course is really an area. I play Liberty Lake and Meadowwood courses here in Liberty Lake, WA but also play other courses in the area including the Coeur D'Alene city course.
What ball do you play?
Favorite ball is the ProV I 90 compression.
I use a Titleist driver, Cobra 4+ fairway metal, Cobra 20 degree hybrid and Ping G2 irons. My favorite putter of all time is the Scotty Cameron (as does my favorite pro, Tiger Woods) and I have 55 and 60 degree wedges.
Favorite course you've played?
My favorite course of all time is Augusta National. There is so much history and tradition there that the stories you've heard about cars choking when they turn up Magnolia Drive to the clubhouse are probably true. I know my spikes tingled when they first bit into that sacred ground.
Dream course you've yet to play?
One course I would love to play is Arnie's Bay Hill in Orlando.
Best round ever- and what course?
My best all-time round is 68 shot at Lan Yair CC in Spartanburg, SC in 1970. It was my home course at the time. I need to mention that my lovely wife of 55 years, was lady's champion at our course in South Carolina, hence I include her picture with mine.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I am working very hard now on my short game. As I get older, my driver has lost some of its zip and those 440 yard par 4 holes have gone out of my reach. I do have a lot of 40-60 yard shots to save par so those are my focus for this year. Also, conditioning and stretching are part of my routine.
Tell me a story.
I will tell you a story about a great human being who passed away a few years ago. His name was Tommy Mullinax and he was a club professional, a long-drive champion and he gave clinics and exhibitions for large companies. I met Tommy one day at a benefit pro-am for Clemson University in South Carolina. We had just finished the round when a mutual friend came to me and said the crowd had requested Tommy to play another 9 holes and he wanted two golfers to go with him. I was invited.
On the first tee, Tommy said, "Doc, why don't you lead us off". Now, there was a very large gallery and my adrenalin was pumping. This was in 1980 and I was still hitting persimmon heads and steel shafts. I had a Toney Penna driver that day and I got up and hit a career drive right down the hard fairway about 270 yards. Tommy said, "nice shot. do you mind if I hit your driver?" Of course I handed it over. The right-handed Tommy got down on one knee, left-handed, turned my driver upside down and flew my ball by at least 20 yards. Of course the crowd went nuts. I became great friends with this genial professional until his unfortunate death due to a brain tumor a few years ago. He definitely taught me what humble pie tasted like that day at Clemson.
What a picture! What a shot!
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chipotle mg says:
great picutre! did you frame it and place it somewhere in your house/office?
Not sure which is better the picture or the story...
While watching the Masters this weekend, I was looking for the spot where this was taken, looked like there was a lot more water in there last weekend...
I really enjoy the GOW articles, Please do it more often, like the title suggests, every week.
how did u hit that sonofabitch shot
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