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Michael Kern a.k.a. MJKern44
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 29 years old and I am a Financial Advisor with one of the nation's largest banks.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf around 10 years old at the J.C. Martin Municipal course in Erie, PA. My friends and I would walk/ride our bikes there 3-4 times a week to play. In terms of handicap, I am currently playing to a 9.9.

How often do you play?
I play just about once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. My wife and I have an 18 month old daughter so time is not what it used to be.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I was playing an uphill dog-leg right at The Links of Spring Church and was looking at a second shot of about 165 yds uphill to a pin in the front. It was a partially blind shot as you could see the flag but not the surface of the green. I hit the shot pure and it was all over the stick. I heard the ball hit the stick, but didn't see it on the green when we drove up. So, I did the old "let's look in the hole" routine and there it was. It was my first eagle and to this day the best one!

What is your best golf memory?
My best golf memory was when my grandfather gave me my first set of clubs. He wasn't a golfer but thought it was a good sport to get into at a young age. He would take me whenever I wanted and it was still the most fun I had playing golf because you didn't care about the score, you were just happy to be hitting the sticks.

What is your "home" course?
I don't really have a home course, but the course I play most often over the years is Cranberry Highlands Golf Club in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.

What ball do you play?
am currently playing the Nike Mojo. They are cheap and strange looking, but I like them.

Callaway 454 Titanium Big Bertha Driver, In between 3 woods, Callaway 2H Heavenwood hybrid, Callaway Big Bertha Irons, Cleveland 56 & 60 degree wedges, Odyssey #3 regular putter.

Favorite pro?
Current Pro - Steve Stricker, he has a good story and has worked his a** to get close to the top. All-time Pro - Arnold Palmer: he's a western PA guy who seems to be a great person in addition to a historic golfer. Also, his "Arnold Palmer" drink is pretty darn tasty.

Favorite course you've played?
It's a tie between Tobacco Road and Tot Hill Farm both in Pinehurst, NC. They are quirky and difficult but really fun to play. They are both ranked in the Top 10 most difficult courses in the States.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Oakmont C.C. - it is 20 minutes from my darn house and I haven't played it! I've played courses where you can see Oakmont from the course, but I don't think that counts.

Best round ever- and what course?
76 - Peak-n-Peek resort in Clymer, NY

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Consistency off the tee with whatever club I choose. My short game and putting save my butt and I think I could consistently shoot in the low 80's/high 70's if I could hit some more fairways.

Tell me a story.
A few years back I was playing at Tot Hill Farm and we were racing our carts down a steep hill. (The carts where in neutral and didn't have a speed regulator). I went to turn left and turned right into loose gravel. The cart hit a retaining wall and flipped over. I was lucky not to fall out of the cart but the cart ended up halfway hanging off a 20 foot edge of a drop off. Luckily, the heavy part of the cart was still on the path and I only ended up with a few bruises and scrapes. I got up and ended up paring the hole! To this day, I have a fear of driving the cart down steep inclines which my brother-in-law takes full advantage of!


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[ comments ]
bducharm says:
Michael - I played Tobacco Road and was not a huge fan because of the quirkiness. I have played Oakmont and that was AWESOME!!!
mjaber says:
How was Peak-N-Peek? I've driven by a few times (used to live in Chicago and drove home to MA a few times a year), and have been thinking about heading there for a "guys" weekend, or maybe a couples golf/spa weekend with my wife and a friend and his wife.
c5agalb says:
Consistency off the tee, That's my story too. If I wasnt 3 off tee all the time my handicap would be 5-8 strokes better. Good luck with that next year.
MJKern44 says:
mjaber - the peak is definetly worth the stop but make sure you play the upper course. They also have a lower course which is average and not worth a special stop. The upper course sits on top of the mountain and hosts a Nationwide tour event annually.. Good luck and enjoy...
Steveberrywv says:
Either you love or hate Tobacco Road, for one I love it. But then again I hate Tot Hill. I live in Pinehurst and usually play both each year. TR in the summer and Tot in the fall, when the leaves change. I am originally from West Virginia and miss the fall colors but not the cold and snow. Have been out of work since January and have taken up at Southern Pines Golf Course as a Pro Shop Host. This gives me a chance to play a lot this last summer and I always make room for Tobacco Road
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