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Monique Serpas a.k.a. bambimrf
How old are you and what's your occupation?
26, I'm a Physical Therapist and a Titleist Certified Golf Medical Professional. I promote physically active lifestyles and love helping others return to or start living ones. Walk the course whenever you can.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I took a group course in college at LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and thought, "When I have the time and money, I'll start playing golf." Well, I don't really have either, but I'm playing anyway! I started taking lessons last year and my handicap is 40.4. Ok, so I'm also a Certified Duffer, but I have actually made some progress. To keep pace last season I could only play best ball and this season I can hold my own! There are so many reasons I love golf. 1. As a PT, golf is interesting to watch. One of the reasons I became a PT is because I'm fascinated with how our bodies move. My knowledge of biomechanics and skills in analyzing movement makes watching a swing interesting. I'm a fan of the CBS Swing Vision. 2. Golf is a lifetime sport. I enjoy playing myself, tracking my progress, and working towards a goal. One day I will break 100. 3. It's the only exercise my husband not only endures, but enjoys. We can stay active and enjoy nature together.

How often do you play?
I try to get out once a week when the weather is nice in Wisconsin.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
One of my first pars was this season at Silver Spring's Island Course, the 8th, island hole. Not only did I make par, but I made par on a hole where I had to carry water. This was huge for me (see handicap above), and resulted in me doing the Caddyshack gopher dance.

What is your best golf memory?
When I was in Vegas for a conference this year, I met up with my husband and parents for a round. Of course it was unseasonably, bitter cold. There were few people playing there and those that were had hats, scarves, and gloves, but not us. "Who's idea was this anyway?" It was mine and we endured, even though we couldn't feel our fingers.

What is your "home" course?
Currie Park Golf Course

What ball do you play?
Nike Power Lady

Callaway Big Bertha irons, Target special woods, husband's old Ping lob wedge and putter.

Favorite pro?
Lorena Ochoa

Favorite course you've played?
Alpine Golf Course in Door County, WI. Some of the holes overlook Green Bay. It's beautiful.

Dream course you've yet to play?
St. Andrews

Best round ever- and what course?
107 this season at Brookfield Hills Golf Course

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Finding the "sweet spot" for putting.

Tell me a story.
This is one I hear all the time. "My back is killing me, and I really need to get over this so I can get back to golf." Golfers take care of your backs! Back injuries are the most common golf injuries. Exercise when not playing and walk when you can. Always warm up and stretch before each round. If you are in pain, seek professional help. Take care of yourself today and golf for years to come.


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bducharm says:
Monique, welcome to the GOW Club - nice to see that we are not "male only"!!! I am a Cheesehead as well, born and raised in the La Crosse area (Onalaska). Keep practicing and the best thing you can do is work with a good teacher...
bambimrf says:
bducharm: thanks for the welcome and encouragement. I'm glad I could add some variety to GOW.
Banker85 says:
What a cool job! i would love to work for titleist, you get any discounts on gear, balls, equipment?
bambimrf says:
I don't work for Titleist. I have taken their courses and tests to become certified as a golf medical professional. Unfortunately that doesn't get me any discounts.
DDonchess says:
Monique, I too went to LSU and still live in Baton Rouge. I was GOW about 1 1/2 yrs. ago. I took up golf when after my 4th foot surgery from playing tennis. I've had lots of PT and it's gotten me back to being as active as possible. I started with a high handicap but progressed to a 13 within a few years. I set a goal of dropping 5 strokes each time I reached a milestone number (ie 105, 100, 95). You will break 100 before long. It's a great way to enjoy time with my husband and fun to play new courses when traveling.
coojofresh says:
good story hope to see your scores go lower!
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