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Jayson Colón a.k.a. ElGalloGigante
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 29 and design commercial irrigation systems out of San Antonio, Texas.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I technically started playing in May of 2008, but only played for about six months. I picked it up again this past May and I’m about a 20 handicap. I’ve played a variety of sports throughout my life and when a couple of my friends cancelled a day of basketball to play golf, I decided to tag-along.

How often do you play?
I try to play weekly. To the chagrin of my better half, I sometimes play three times a week. I usually practice twice during the week if I can’t actually get in 18.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Out at Northern Hills Golf Course, the 10th is a par 5 which doglegs to the right. There’s a sign on the tee box that warns you not to attempt to hit it over the houses that line the right side of the hole. I set up on the far left side of the box and took aim at the elbow, hoping to cut my shot right in front of the house on the corner with my driver instead of taking the usual 3 or 5 wood down the center to the turn. I ended up pushing my shot and off it went towards the homes, crossing about 2 houses back from the turn. I was playing with my uncle, who lives on the course, and with his recommendation I hit a provisional, with my 3 wood, to the turn. When we took the turn in search of my first ball and realized how much ground it would have had to carry in order to reach the course again (over the houses, the O.B. posts, the cart path, and a large lateral hazard), I was pretty sure it was gone. Right when I was about to head back to my provisional shot, I spotted the ball just short of the 150-maker, smack-dab in the middle of the fairway. I ended up carding my first Eagle.

What is your best golf memory?
I live up against Brackenridge Park Golf Course, so in the late-afternoon, once the last group has gone by, I’ll go out and work on my game. I nailed a “Double-Eagle” on the course’s short par 5 #12 about two weeks ago and wish I had the score-card to record it. I’ll probably never get one again.

What is your "home" course?
I’d have to give the nod to Northern Hills. Its near my work so during the summer I can get out there and play 18 with a friend or two before the Sun comes down.

What ball do you play?
Bridgestone e6 or Nike Mojo

Clubs?
I’ve played a lot of tennis and Prince is my preferred racquet maker, so when I found out that they made clubs, I bought a complete set from them. I’d recommend them, so check them out at princegolf.com if you’re looking to get into the game, but want something a little different.

Favorite pro?
Miguel Angel Jimenez. I root for Pros who seem to know they’re living The Life, so they’re thankful and enjoy it.

Favorite course you've played?
Woodlake Golf Course. I’ve played nicer and more challenging courses, but Woodlake is where I played my first 18 and it always gives me fits. The staff out there is great and I’ve had my fair share of drinks and smokes comp’d at the club house while cutting it up with the staff.

Dream course you've yet to play?
I’d like to get a chance to play out at the Mission Hills Resort complex in China, but a more "accessible" course would be Pebble Beach.

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot an 88 atOlmos Basin. It was the first time I walked 18 and it was the first time I felt confident with my swing.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Well, I’m hoping to improve my entire game. I’ve only been at this for about two months and feel like I’m getting some really good results. If I can get my game to be consistent enough to average around a 90 by next year, I’ll be thrilled.

Tell me a story.
Well, a course I frequent has a hole that finishes up near an apartment complex. I was in a rare battle with a golfer I had no business competing with, but was even with him through 15. On the 16th green, I was reading a 12ft. putt for par to stay even with him, since he was about foot off from the hole. While reading the green, I heard what sounded like the “cries of passion” coming from behind me. Distracted, I turned towards the noise and sure enough, on a balcony overlooking the hole was a couple “going at it,” eyes on us. They acknowledged us, but didn’t stop or take cover. My playing partner and I were having a laugh, and as I approached my putt, the couple stopped. I sunk the putt and yelled, "Thanks!" and they went right back to work.


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[ comments ]
ElGalloGigante says:
Mama, mama, look mama, I made it!

Thanks oob; Love what ya'll do and I'll continue to pimp your fine site out to my playing partners.
7/2/10
 
eventHorizon says:
I just want to reiterate what was said... You recently started playing (in May) and you have already carded an eagle and an albatross. And you got to see people taking care of business on the course. You apparently have found your calling.
7/2/10
 
sepfeiff says:
Congrats on GOW.
7/3/10
 
Muscle-OchO says:
A 20 handicap nailing an albatross..... I woulda bolted straight for the closest casino cause you must have hand a horseshoe up you know where.....
7/4/10
 
cath01 says:
you are my idol lol.. can we be friends??? im a beginner of golf games here in philippines
7/5/10
 
ElGalloGigante says:
Haha, love all the comments! I know how rare those to feats are for someone as new to the game as I am, but my luck is anything but good. I'm a "throw my hands up and tempt the gods" kinda guy, so usually my best shots are rewarded with physics-breaking bounce into the worst spot imaginable on the course.
7/6/10
 
Banker85 says:
that looks like a big water hazzard in your pick... what is the carry on that?! LOL congrats!
7/6/10
 
ElGalloGigante says:
@Banker85 - It's only the Gulf of Mexico, so I just hit a nice-and-easy sand wedge shot out of bunker and left myself with an simple look at par. :) Thanks!
7/6/10
 
tartantoml says:
Wait for a favorable wind, maybe 140MPH should help you clear the hazard.
7/26/10
 
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