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Brian Moeller a.k.a. babymoe12
How old are you and what's your occupation?
28 years old. I work at MHC Truck Leasing as the Corporate Office Manager.

Where did your oobgolf screenname come from?
My dad's nickname was Moe when I was growing up, so all his buddies called me baby-moe and the nickname kind of stuck.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
Started playing golf when I was about 10 or 11 but just started to really playing seriously in the Summer of 2007. My handicap is down to a 12.9 right now according to OOB Golf. I probably started off as a 20-25 handicapper last summer, but I have to thank my foursome for making me a better player. I play regularly with a +2.5, 5, and 9 handicapper. Just by playing with them I have learned quite a bit and improved my game tremendously.

How often do you play?
We play as often as we can, but try to get out at least once a week to play and once a week to hit balls and work on the short game.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Best shot I ever hit lead to the only eagle of my career. I had about 240 to an elevated green. I faded a 3-wood in to about 25 feet and made the ensuing putt for the eagle.

What is your best golf memory?
Best golf memory so far has to be during our regular match that I play in. The match consists of two Kansas City natives (me and a +2.5 handicap player, Team America) versus two guys who moved to Kansas City from New Zealand and South Africa (Team World). We play a best of five series each summer and call it the Presidential Cup (America vs. The World). We were all square coming into 18 at Shoal Creek in Kansas City (Handicap #3 on the course). My partner had hit is tee shot OB to the right. So basically it was me against the 5 and 9 handicapper straight up. We all three put our drives into the fairway. My second shot missed left into some high grass on a hillside next to the green, but the other two players missed the green as well. My only play was to try to chip out a little backwards and get up and down for bogey. My chip out of the tall grass ends up stuck in the rough on the hillside next to the green and both the other players are within 20 feet for par, it was not looking good for us. I promptly play what was probably the best chip of my career (from a downhill, side-hill lie) to about 12 feet. They miss their putts and tap in for bogey. The stage was then set for me, a make and we push the match, a miss and the International team takes a 2-0 lead in the best of 5 series. The putt was a pretty simple one, slightly uphill and played to the left center. I stepped up and knocked it in for the best bogey I have made yet and secured a tie to keep team America in the race for the Presidential Cup. Needless to say, I have got the itch and according to my wife I am "addicted to golf". What a great game.

What is your "home" course?
I consider Shoal Creek home, we play and practice there quite often.

What ball do you play?
I play a Titleist ProV1x ball, but I also like the Nike Black and Platinum One balls.

Professional Open Irons with Rifle Shafts. Taylor Made R5 Driver, R7 three wood and two R7 hybrids (3,4). Oddysey White Hot Blade Putter.

Favorite pro?
Being a Lefty Myself my favorite pro would be Phil, but weirdly enough I really like Tiger as well. What he does week in and week out is just amazing especially after this weekend.

Favorite course you've played?
The course I enjoy the most is Ledgestone Country Club in Branson, MO. I played Torrey Pines South Course a few years back in 2004 and the scenery was amazing but the course was just too long to enjoy too much. It really made me appreciate what those guys were doing last week during the Open.

Dream course you've yet to play?
My dream course would be to play Augusta National or St. Andrews the Old Course. Probably St. Andrews the Old Course since I have a better shot of playing there.

Best round ever- and what course?
My best round since I started playing seriously is an 84 at Swope Memorial in Kansas City. Hoping to break 80 this summer and get the handicap below 10.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My ball striking with my irons to improve my GIR percentage. If I can hit a higher percentage of GIR (especially when I am in the fairway), then I think breaking 80 will be achievable.


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Fosterelli says:
Great Story, think I'm gonna institute a Presidential Cup in my regular foursome! On breaking 80, hang in there, it will come, and then once you get there, it's breaking 70. Congrats!!
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