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Aaron Whomsley a.k.a. whomsley
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 31 and have two careers. Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, I am a Kitchen Designer. Nights and weekends I run my own Handyman business which allows me to utilize my 16 years of construction experience and ability to work with my hands. Check out my website- www.aaronwhomsley.com.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf roughly 4 years ago. I started to get serious about it 3 years ago. My handicap, according to oobgolf, is a 14.1. I just started tracking my entire game to see where my strengths and weaknesses are, so, I am planning on bringing that down by the end of the year.
How often do you play?
Not often enough. I get out an average of once a week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
This was before I started keeping track of shots and establishing a handicap. On the par 4 18th at Ingleside Golf Course in Thorndale, PA, I had a good drive that put me in a great position for my approach shot. Well, that shot ended up in the rough about 6 feet off the green. My mood went from birdie to bogey. As I set up to hit my third shot I decided to chip onto the green to be safe. That chip ended bouncing twice and hitting the flag stick and dropping right in the hole. I pumped my fist like Tiger at the Masters. What a way to finish my round. It showed me that the game of golf is filled with ups and downs but the main point it to have fun. And fun is what I have.
What is your best golf memory?
I am on the board of a scholarship that was created in memory of one of my fraternity brothers who passed away in 2004, the Ian McCambridge Tupper Scholarship (www.tupperscholarship.com). In 2008 we had our 4th Annual Golf Outing of which I fully organize. The previous three years we had no more than 30 people sign up for our outing. This year was different. We had 63 people play in this years outing. What a sense of accomplishment, not for myself, but for the scholarship. We doubled our numbers and tripled our donations. That is a great feeling and I only want to better that next year.
What is your "home" course?
I really don't have a home course, per say, but if I had to pick one that I knew the best it would be Honeybrook Golf Club in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania (near West Chester).
What ball do you play?
Ironically, at Honeybrook, I found a Titleist DT Solo between the 14th and 15th holes. I didn't play Titleist at the time, I was using the MaxFli Fire because they were affordable. Well, I teed up the DT Solo on the 15th and that thing came screaming off my driver. I used that one ball for the rest of my round and it played great. Needless to say my new ball of choice is the Titleist DT Solo. I will be trying out the DT Carry next.
3 years ago I had a no frills Callaway look-a-like set made for me by a local shop. $300 for the entire set excluding driver and putter. Not a bad deal when you don't know what to buy. I have now started to build my bag: Driver = Cleveland HiBore XL 10.5, 3W & 5W = Cleveland HiBore XLS, 3 - SW = Callaway X20, Callaway X Tour Satin Wedge and Taylormade Rossa Daytona 1 Putter. It's an eclectic bunch but it gets the job done.
I would have to say Arnold Palmer. He is from PA. From what I can tell he is a true class act and a gentleman. Oh yeah, and that Tiger fellow.
Favorite course you've played?
Hands down TPC Sugarloaf. My Uncle-in-law is a member and I get to play it twice a year when my wife and I go to visit her family.
Dream course you've yet to play?
Like everyone else, St. Andrews. I am happy playing anywhere, it doesn't matter to me. Just as long as I am playing golf I am happy.
Best round ever- and what course?
I shot an 84 at The Golf Course At Glen Mills, Glen Mills, PA earlier this year. It is rated one of the top 100 public golf courses by Golf Digest, and it is right in my back yard.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Being more consistent. I am working on this right now from my set up to my swing speed.
Tell me a story.
About how I have the best wife ever? After a long week I like to go out and play on Friday afternoons. I am not a big fan of the Saturday and Sunday tee times... to crowded. My wife loves when I come home from a round of golf. I am relaxed, not stressed and not thinking about work. It is truly my stress reliever.
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