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Clay Johansson a.k.a. johanc
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm 30 yrs old and a graduate of the University of Utah. I have been working in my current position in private banking at a large financial institution for the last 3 yrs.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
My friend Tyler (oob user: TY56LER) introduced me to the game when I was 14 and I've been hooked ever since. I'm continuing to get better (last year was the best season of my career) and I'm currently playing to a 2.7 handicap.

How often do you play?
It's a short golf season in Utah so I try to take full advantage and typically play 2 or 3 9 hole rounds after work during the week and an 18 hole round on the weekends. This season there were multiple weekends when I played 81 holes over a 3 day period.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
It happened no more than two weeks ago at Bountiful Ridge GC. It was hole #4 and I had 150 yards left to the green from a somewhat elevated fairway. It was a front right pin location and I took a smooth 9 iron and landed it 4 feet beyond the pin and watched as it spun back and trickled into the hole. It wasn't a hole-in-one but still an unbelievable feeling.

What is your best golf memory?
It has to be last year when my friend Nick (oob user: nicholasfrandsen) and I took a dream vacation to Scotland and played Carnoustie and The Old Course at St. Andrew's. It was an absolutely incredible experience and worth every penny. The weather was a little cool but absolutely calm and clear all day at Carnoustie. For the first 5 holes at St. Andrew's we were in the middle of a rain and wind storm but it cleared up and turned out to be a beautiful day so we were able to experience the elements and still enjoy the round under clear conditions. The history and the tradition at St. Andrew's is unlike anything I've experienced before at a golf course.

What is your "home" course?
Bonneville is listed as my home course for handicap purposes but I like to keep things interesting by mixing up where I play. Bountiful Ridge is also one course that I play frequently.

What ball do you play?
After flip-flopping several times between Callaway and Titleist, I decided upon Callaway. The first round I played after deciding to exclusively use Callaway I went out to play with a Titleist Pro-V1x in attempt to 'get rid-of' any non-Callaway balls I still had lying around. As it turns out I ended up shooting my career-low round and have committed myself to Titleist since.

Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver
Taylor Made Rac TP Combo irons
Titleist Vokey Oil Can Spin Milled wedges Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #3 I only carry one 'wood' because the 3 iron is probably one of my favorite clubs and I'm a little superstitious in thinking it might abandon me if I cheat on it by playing fairway metals. I'm also still not completely sold on using a hybrid. You could say I'm kind of old-fashioned in that regard.

Favorite pro?
Tiger. Anytime I try to start cheering for other golfers I always find myself reverting back to Tiger. He's too amazing not to appreciate and root for him.

Favorite course you've played?
Tie- Carnoustie and The Old Course at St. Andrew's. Carnoustie for the actual layout of the course and St. Andrew's for the history and tradition.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Hard to pick just one but probably Pebble Beach.

Best round ever- and what course?
-3 (68). It happened earlier this year at Wasatch Mountain State Park: Mountain Course. I grinded it out on the front nine making several 5-6 footers to save par finishing the front at even par (35). The back nine was much cleaner golf going -3 on the first 5 holes and finishing with 4 consecutive pars to finish with a 33 for a total round 68.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
This past season I've really worked hard at the mental aspect of being able to bounce back from a devastating hole and finishing strong. Next season I'd like to take that next step by hitting more G.I.R's and limiting my bogeys and eliminating those 'other' scores.

Tell me a story.
When I was 5 I fell down a slide and broke my elbow. The doctor set it wrong and it healed crooked. As a result I have what's referred to as a 'gun stock barrel' elbow. Despite my inability to "keep my left arm straight" as typically instructed in a golf swing, I've been able to stay competitive. In fact, Liliej and Haslar (members of the oob group GSSLC) frequently credit my doctor and crooked elbow as being the main contributors to my golf game and consider it an "unfair advantage."


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Kickntrue says:
I agree the elbow sounds a little unfair, like the doctor tweaked it! Kind of like Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year! Yah- I just pulled that. Yah- I just went there!
birdieXris says:
Very cool. Very jealous of your time at Carnoustie and St. Andrews. I'd like to get there some day.
sepfeiff says:
Wow 2 eagles at TPC Scottsdale? Awesome. Congrats on GOW.
SweetJazz says:
I don't buy the crooked elbow advantage one bit. You are just a darn good golfer. Period!
vja430 says:
cheers...congrats on the GOW.....
didyourecognize says:
i also broke my elbow at 5 years old and have to play with a crooked elbow. I like the reaction of my friends when they see me set up for the swing for the first time then blast the ball straight down the fairway!!!
bducharm says:
Your elbow is just like Calvin Peete - Mr. "Never Miss a Fairway"....
lcgolfer64 says:
Congrats on the GOW, Clay.
Great stories and of course like 99% of the rest of us on Oob, completely jealous of your playing Carnoustie and St. Andrews!!
Banker85 says:
awesome! ya i smashed my hand last year and never went to the Dr. i am not sure if it healed right, my grip pressure is lighter on my strong hand which i think has helped. didnt get me down to a 2 handicap tho! CONGRATS!
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