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Corey Childers a.k.a. Divot Maker
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm 16 years old and I work as the range picker/ cart barn attendee at Arrowhead Golf Course.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I first picked up a golf club at 6. That's when this whole mess started. According to Oobgolf, I'm at a +2.1 handicap right now. I'm probably somewhere around a scratch on average.

How often do you play?
Just about every day. I play after school on the weekdays for the high school golf team, and then I play on the weekends most of the time. It's an addiction, really. I almost died when I had to take a two month leave from golf because of a dislocated knee.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
This happened just a couple days ago, actually. I was playing a practice round for the high school golf team at my home course, and I got to the 295 yard par 4, hole 7. It's a dogleg right over water, and if you go straight at the green and take it over the water, it plays to about 240 yards. There wasn't any wind, and I was feeling spiffy, so I took out the driver. After I hit it, I said "Oo that's going right at it. That's going to be good." As we are walking down the fairway to one of my playing partners balls, I see a ball on the green, on the back tier, what looked like an inch away. I didn't want to get too hyper because it could have been 20 feet away for all I know. But, I get up there, and see that it's about 2 feet away, for a tap in eagle.

What is your best golf memory?
Does that drive on #7 count? No? Well then it has to be playing with my dad in his company golf outings every year. Last year we tied for 1st place =). I love playing with my dad because he only plays golf about 2 times a year. It's nice to get him to come out into my area of expertise every once in a while.

What is your "home" course?
Arrowhead Golf Course, Naples, Fl

What ball do you play?
I'm a Mojo kind of guy. When I spoil myself I reach for the Pro V1's

Diablo driver, Callaway hybrids, Nike Slingshot OSS irons, Cleveland CG14 50º,54º,58º, Odyssey White Hot Marxman Mallet putter.

Favorite pro?
I'm a Phil Mickelson man. All my friends call me the Right Handed Phil Mickelson because my playing style is exactly like his. And, I can get myself out of tight situations if needed.

Favorite course you've played?
The Quarry down the road here is one of my favorite courses. I've never had the privilege of playing those courses like Pebble Beach. The Quarry was also the recent host of the ACE Group Classic.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Every golfer is going to answer this with either St. Andrews, or Pebble Beach. For me it has to be a tie between St. Andrews, and Whistling Straits.

Best round ever- and what course?
This also just happened recently. I just shot 70, on back to back days, at my home course. They were both on practice days for the high school golf team. I went out and played 9 holes and shot a 33 both times, and came in and asked the coach if I could go out on the back nine and finish 18 holes to see how I'd do (because I've never broken 70 before). Both times I ended up shooting a 37 on the back nine to card a 70. I've never been so mad to shoot a 70 in my life.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Driving. Definitely driving. It's been giving me a lot of heck lately. I'm just not a fan of duck-hooking it into people's windows.

Tell me a story.
It was a cool February morning. The course, immaculate any time during the day, looked even better glistening under the morning dew. I was excited to be playing this course, which was a first for me. It was the perfect golfing temperature for me; High of 70. Needless to say, it was one of the best rounds of my life. Not because of how I played, or where I was playing. But, with whom I was playing. My dad, my brother, my cousin, and me set off at 8:37 am (est. standard time). Not much attention was payed to the score. We set out to have fun. And that's what we did.

It was hole 15 I believe. A par 4, 330 yards. Dogleg left over water. Trees lining the right side of the fairway. I assume it's about 270 to carry straight across the water and onto the green.

"Bet you 20 bucks you can't hit it over." My cousin's first bet of the day. Took him long enough.

"You're on bud."

I hit one of the purest drives of my life. On my downswing I thought to myself, "Oh yes. Papa's getting a steak dinner out of this one."

The ball stopped pin-high and I was $20 richer.


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[ comments ]
rmumph1 says:
Nice!! Sounds like a good future for you in golf. Keep working at it.
Banker85 says:
congrats on GOW and you're Skillzzz!
bracoma says:
That's awesome brother! Keep working on your skills, you will get that card. And congrats on GOW.
birdieXris says:
Woa skills!!! Well done all around. Keep it up!
GolfSmith7 says:
Wow, that is awesome, I didn't pick up the game till 4 years ago How I wish I had picked it up as a kid, Hope to see you on the tour one day if that is your dream.
Bryan K says:
You know, Cory...I'm not gonna give you accolades on your golfing, as I'm sure you get enough of that already. However, for a 16-year old, you are definintely a damn good writer.
Kurt the Knife says:
mad skills, yo
Divot Maker says:
Thanks everyone! My goals are definitely set on trying to get on the PGA Tour. I'm looking into trying to qualify as an amateur for the U.S Open soon.

And Bryan; Thank you haha. Not a lot of people compliment me on my writing.
Matt Otskey says:
Cory! Excellent work and at 16! I'm 20 now so I can relate a bit. and @Bryan Kautzman I second that. Excellent writing style haha!

One thing I want to point out to you though as strictly constructive criticism. Maybe you do not put all of your rounds into Oob here, but I noticed that your home course, Arrowhead, really isn't the most difficult (by the numbers) golf course. Par 72 69.1/124 and only 6,000 yards. Just make sure you challenge yourself. You obviously have the skill set to be very very very good, but you can only truly reach your full potential if you challenge yourself.

Good luck with your future!
Scott Shields says:
Im with Bryan, very articulate for a young'n. I'm in my second year as a golfer, I too wish I would of picked it up when I was young, but my folks just didn't have the money. Needless to say, you're on the right track man, keep it up.
trikai says:
I highly dislike you. Or just jealous.
Banker85 says:
I think Matt Otskey is jealous.
Divot Maker says:
Hahaha I agree with you there Matt. It's not too hard from the back tees. Most of those great rounds in there I've shot during my high school practices, which our coach makes us play from the back tees. On my own time, I play from the tips (73.1/130 and 6800 yards). It's like a different course from those tees.

Thanks everyone for the good wishes!

Except you trikai...

Matt Otskey says:

Guilty as charged.
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