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Matt Otskey a.k.a. Matt Otskey
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I will be turning 19 years old on Friday, May 1st, and I will be entering my sophomore year at Seton Hall University next fall.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf for real when I was 15 years old. Currently, I am a 6.4 handicap.

How often do you play?
It is AT LEAST once a week. Once school ends, it will probably be around 3 rounds per week.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Hole #5 at Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. A 350 yard par four. I tee off with my 3-iron and hit is poorly. It goes about 110 yards, and just makes the fairway. So IGÇÖm 240 out, a little downhill, and I decide to hit my 3-iron again. The ball goes up, somehow draws a little, hits the green rolls towards the hole, and disappears into the hole. I hit the worst 3-iron of my life and the best 3-iron of my life on that same hole!

What is your best golf memory?
Even though I was watching on TV, seeing Tiger drain the putt on the 18th green at the US Open to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate was unbelievable.

What is your "home" course?
I would have to say either Sunset Valley or Crystal Springs. Sunset is about 5 minutes away, but I play Crystal Springs more frequently.

What ball do you play?
When I find them, IGÇÖll play a Pro V1. But usually, IGÇÖll buy Pinnacle Exception.

I just switched 4 rounds ago from Mizuno MX-20GÇÖs to Nike Forged Blades. It took me a couple rounds to really get comfortable to the blades, but now IGÇÖm hitting my irons better than ever. Odyssey 2-ball putter (really helps on short putts)

Favorite pro?
Tiger Woods

Favorite course you've played?
The Legends Golf Club down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was pretty amazing. Every hole is a replica of a real hole on a famous course.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Bethpage State Park Golf Course. I would love to play here. Hopefully, I will be able to in the near future.

Best round ever- and what course?
Well, I just had a 76 at Sunset Valley a few days ago. But I am more proud of my 80 at the Links at Union Vale in New York. It was my first time playing that course. I hit a ton of putts, and hit my irons excellently.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I feel I really need to improve on my 100 and in shots. I need to find a swing that will carry the ball 65 yards when I need it to.

Tell me a story.
"Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course... the space between your ears." GÇô Bobby Jones

Confidence and mind-set is everything in golf. You can have the most talent in the world, but if you miss 3 5-footers in a row, and you let it get to you, there is no way youGÇÖre going to make the next one. When IGÇÖm on the course, I always try to forget about the last hole. Even if I birdied it, the hole IGÇÖm on is a new hole, and I need to play it differently that I played the last one.


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