I'm not sure there are words for this.
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Greg Staples a.k.a. Mendeleev34
I have no IQ test or SAT scores laying around to prove this- but I'm going to go out on a limb and say Greg Staples is the brightest GOW we've ever featured.

26, biochemistry PhD candidate at Boston University School of Medicine and VP of The WhizKids Foundation, an educational non-profit based in MA.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
Just recently, August of 2007, ~35 handicap.

How often do you play?
I've played probably 8-12 times since starting at the end of last summer. The months turned pretty cold early on this past year in New England and they've stayed that way. Unfortunately you can't really play all year round in Massachusetts, but my friends and I have managed to get out there on a couple of nice days.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
In March (3/30/08), my friend and I were replaying the only open nine holes of an eighteen hole course. A fierce headwind was blowing and I stepped up to the tee and hit a dead-on straight drive right up the fairway, nearly driving the green on this par 4 hole. Had it not been for the wind, it might have gotten there. Probably my best drive yet.

What is your best golf memory?
It's still early in my golf career and I have to say I don't have a real 'best golf memory' at this point. What I do remember most of the rounds I have played so far is the great shots that I manage to hit every so often (but not often enough) that make this very challenging and oftentimes frustrating game well worth it.

What is your "home" course?
I don't think that I really have a home course yet but if I had to pick a local favorite, I think it would be Newton Commonwealth Golf Course in Newton, MA.

What ball do you play?
I'm not yet set on any particular ball, although the two boxes of balls I have in my possession right now are Nike One's and some mid-level Dunlop balls. I'm at the point where I've got a lot more to focus on for improving my golf game than the type of ball. I play with whatever I have, usually.

I have a set of inexpensive Adams irons, a Taylormade Corzina putter, and a Nike Sumo driver. The irons play well for my skill level and I highly recommend the putter and driver to anyone - I probably tested every putter and driver available before settling on those two choices and I've been really happy with both.

Favorite pro?
Like a lot of you, Tiger Woods. I thought about whether I should try and make a case for another pro who doesn't get as much lime light, but the entertainment value of watching Tiger is off the chart. Plus, he does a lot of work for/with kids with his fame and money, which is commendable.

Favorite course you've played?
Ridder Farm Golf and Country Club in Whitman, MA.

Dream course you've yet to play?
TPC at Sawgrass.

Best round ever- and what course?
Well I am still very much a beginner, so I am not ashamed to say that my best score is a 111 at Ridder Farm Golf and Country Club in Whitman, MA. Lots of room for improvement!

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I need to improve my work in the fairway. So far I've managed to produce relatively good drives, and on and around the green I'm not too bad. It's the in-between shots that I need to make longer, more accurate, more consistent, and fewer in number to start getting some lower scores.

Tell me a story.
Recently I took a trip down to Miami and had a chance to play a 9 hole municipal course during the middle of the week. When I got there, the place was packed, with around 15 people waiting to tee off. I had spoken to the pro shop earlier in the week and they gave me the impression that I would have no trouble walking on. The ranger pulled a few strings for me and set me up to join a threesome that was teeing off immediately. No sooner, a gentleman in his early 70's drove a cart over to where I was standing (nearly running me over) and informed me I would be playing with his wife and her friends, and that he and his buddies would "have their eyes on me." I was nervous teeing off in front of so many people, but the atmosphere at this place was clearly very friendly. Luckily I hit a respectable drive and drew no negative attention to myself. When I met up with the ladies, all of whom were in their 70s, they gave me a warm Florida welcome. Despite their age, they all proceeded to give this newbie a major butt-kicking. Apparently they all play there 3-4 times a week. I had a great time playing, especially since it's 30-40 degrees in MA and was 70 in Miami. I got some good advice on my game that day, too. It just goes to show you that this game is all about experience and if you want to learn to get better, you've got to swallow your pride and learn from those who know more than you. I was lucky not to be involved with the friendly betting going on
within the threesome of ladies, all old enough to be my grandmother; I would have been out some serious money!


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MRodgers says:
Welcome to the game :) It seems you've had quite a bit of success in your first year of golf. I too, have learned not to underestimate those "older" ladies. The best advice I've come across for fairway shots is to relax and let the club do the work :).
I hope you become as addicted to the game as I am!
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