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Chris Foster a.k.a. Fosterelli
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 33 years old, and I am a Territory Manager for Waste Management of Ohio.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started to play competitive golf when I was 26 years old. My current handicap is 9.5 (hopefully trending down).

How often do you play?
I try to play at least once a week, and I will hopefully be entering into at least 1-2 practice sessions per week.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
This shot was actually a putt, we were playing in an Annual Scramble at the CC that I used to belong to, we were actually playing in a 12some (only for a couple holes), but it was about a 170 par 3 uphill, the green was a bowl, the pin was tucked in the middle right, and our ball was at the top of the bowl, on the left, it was about a 45 footer, that swung from left to right (when I say swung, I mean it went down to Main Street, then took a right on Court Street!). There were 12 of us on this green, and everbody on my team had putted, and no body came close, one guy that we were playing with (Bob Crable, Bobby if your reading this, here's your shout out!), he kept telling each of us, to "hit it right here," and like I said nobody came close, so I was last to put, I lined up way left, made a good put, and it dropped, and the hole erupted in roars, I felt like I just made a put to win the US Open. That was the best "shot" I have ever made.

What is your best golf memory?
Playing golf with my Father, and my younger brother.

What is your "home" course?
Upper Lansdowne

What ball do you play?
Pro V 1x, but I am switching to the Bridgestone 330's.

Irons - Taylor Made Racs, Wedges 56, and 60 degree - Taylor Made Racs, 52 degree Titleist Vokey, Driver-Cleveland Hi-Bore XL (Just purchased, and awesome driver), 3 Wood-Taylor Made V-Steel, and Putter-Odyssey 2-Ball Blade.

Favorite pro?
Phil Mickelson

Favorite course you've played?
Eagle Sticks Golf Course in Zanesville, Ohio

Dream course you've yet to play?
This is a long list of courses, my buddy, and I have made this part of our bucket list: Pinehurst No. 2, Bethpage Black, and TPC @ Sawgrass, Stadium Course, and of course Augusta National.

Best round ever- and what course?
I"m stuck on 76, I have shot this at numerous courses, Deer Creek Golf Course, Upper Lansdowne, The Landings @ Rickenbacker, etc.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My short game, that is what I am having the practice sessions 1-2 times per week about, I waste so many shots b/c my short game is awful.

Tell me a story.
This story is probably about how much of a head case I am, and how most golfers are, we all have our comfort zone, and when your playing unbelievable, as if you were unconscious, you come back to reality, and you realize, I am -2 through 14 holes, with a short par 5 left, and then it sets in, well this has happened to me, not once, not twice, but I don't know how many times.

I was -2 under through 14, and playing unbelievable, until, my buddy put the boom on me, he said, "Man, Chris, your playing really well today", and there it was, the "BOOM", he brought me back to reality, and awoke my conscious. The next hole, I bogey, -1 under through 15, still really well, get on the short par 5 in regulation (had an errant 2nd shot), and... 3 putt, figures... Still E through 16. Then I bogey the 17th, + 1 through 17, then top a tee shot on 18, duff a 2nd shot... next thing, triple bogey. Which leads to the infamous (at least with me it is) 76.

One day, I'll get under it, and when I do, I will have a new score to get below, that will consume all my time, and make me more of a head case, but with a new low round. That's the great thing about golf, no matter how good you are, you can always get better, that's what continually brings us all back to this great game!


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[ comments ]
kenjab says:
Judging by that picture, Chris is either really tall...or has a really small fridge.

Enjoyed the stories, good job!
klangdon says:
i love the "head case" description. made me want to quit working and go work on my target score today...
HotBacon says:
Whenever I have one of those moments where I realize I'm playing too well, then proceed to fall back to reality with a big number, my dad let's me know by saying "...and he's back". Talk about frustrating!!
John Flanagan says:
good story. ever heard of Bellaire,Ohio? anyways, congrats keep swinging.
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