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Kurt Pelto a.k.a. Kurt the Knife
How old are you and what's your occupation?
2 score and 7 years ago my father (and mom) brought forth in Michigan a slippery, chubby, screaming little kid dedicating him to the proposition that not all men are created equal....I was equal to about 9 lbs.

I work in Medical Imaging in Computed Tomography. I make images and 3D models of folk's insides, vasculature 'n stuff. Pretty fun stuff most of the time.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
*Dennis Hopper voice on*
I mean, what does "playing golf" mean, man. Like does it mean, like randomly swinging a metal stick at stuff on the ground, man? Or does it mean, like.... buddies, man...buddies walking in the grass together swatting balls around, man...constrained by limits they agree upon, man...'n enjoying their conviviality.... its a big question, man.
*Dennis Hopper voice off*

This will start my second season purposefully swatting balls around under a handicap of around 27.

How often do you play?
Summer time I try 1 round a week if I can. Winters, when the ground dries out enough to keep from sinking, maybe once a month.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Playing with three fellas from Sydney on Kaanapali. All of 'em drive the fairway on number five which runs right along the Sugar Cane Train tracks. ( I like how the locals describe the train. "it runs from Lahaina to Lahaina") I slice one nasty all the way over to the rails. The ball suddenly leaps up and left into the middle of the fairway.

They called me "The Engineer" the rest of the round.

What is your best golf memory?
1 putt, 32 foot 90deg. left downhill breaking putt on number 7 at Rancho Solano Golf Club.

Three other dudes there to see it happen.

So I got that goin' for me.

Which is nice.

What is your "home" course?
Rancho Solano GC though I usually play a more benign muni up the road.

What ball do you play?
Any relatively low compression ball. DT So/Lo, Noodles. Tho' I have been liking the Titleist NXTs lately

Callaway BB Diablo driver. Like it cuz it sounds like a hammer on an anvil and it works pretty well for me.
Mizuno MX-100 irons
Nike SQ 3w and hybrid
Eidolon wedges

And a fake Cameron putter.

Favorite pro?
Now its Bernhard Langer. Talked to him for a couple minutes during the Pro-Am of the Champions Skins Game on Kaanapali. What a pleasant and classy dude. A real professional on the course and can play some righteous ball.

As an aside, at the same time we obsereved that Fred Couples can act like a dick.

Favorite course you've played?
Kaanapali Kai. The Royal course was closed the entire week I was there for the Champions Skins Game. They had to squeeze everyone on the resort on the Kai course.

Can you say "6 hour round"?

Dream course you've yet to play?
Kapalua Plantation and Pebble Beach. Maybe Carnoustie and St. Andrews with sufficient polarfleece layers.

Best round ever- and what course?
The walk on Pebble beach for the last US Open.

Yep, that was my best round because my score gets in the way when I play.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
The number of times I must hit the ball to make it go in the hole.

Tell me a story.

I can't think of anything interesting golf related.

There was an interesting thing happened to my dad later in life that i found strangely inspiring. I've shared here in the archives that my dad died as a result of the effects of Alzheimer's disease. He was a police officer most of his life and retired a Senior Detective outside Detroit. He didn't take to a Florida retirement very well. Not doing much all the time bothered him. He was hired as a Florida corrections officer to which he was uniquely well suited having worked on the other side of the bars so many years. He always understood how folks who had poor coping skills and/ or little education, etc. placed themselves in conditions and situations of bad consequences and I always found him oddly compassionate about them. He always treated suspects and subsequent convicts with a certain amount of respect. I had seen it first hand because this was a place and time as a kid I could buzz myself up to the detective bureau and sit at an empty desk while folks were processed. Other detectives and officers came to know me. My dad and his partner Vic always had a minute or two for me when they were finished then would shoo me out to go home.

So, some years later in corrections, my dad's facilities started to waver. Couldn't remember his prison rounds. Checkpoints and schedules missed 'n such. Seems the lifers and long timers got to know my dad and to help him reach his vested pension with his new position, they reminded him and told him where and when to be. Some even walked and talked with him from point A to B on his rounds. Eventually, Pops knew he couldn't do it anymore and remanded himself to my mom's care.

He didn't last very long as my mom soloed trying to keep him home with her. A valiant struggle she endured and, bless her, had to find him a kinder situation.

He died not long after but I remember as a kid his style of police work, detective work and how even the convicts responded to his character.

That will always be an interesting story for me.



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bkuehn1952 says:
A better "GOW" could not have been selected. And a Michigan man to boot!
leeheppjr says:
Great story on your Dad and how treating people right pays off.
wrhall02 says:
Congrats Kurt. Sounds like the fruit does not fall far from the tree.

I'm sure I would enjoy golfing with most oobers, but I suspect I would really enjoy golfing with the current GOW, "the Engineer."
lcgolfer64 says:
@bkuehn, leeheppjr and wrhall - Here, here! I 2nd the motion.

I suspect that the regulars here that follow the posts, would give Kurt enough tee times to last well into retirement and beyond! I know I'd be in that line awaiting my turn.

Congrats Kurt!
birdieXris says:
Love it.
SweetJazz says:
I live in the area. I usually play the sister course, "Paradise Valley", since it is only 3 minutes from my house. Maybe I will see ya over at Rancho some time.
Virtuaframax says:
definitely congratulations on becoming the GOW... i think nobody more than you embraces oob and brings so much fun to it!
homermania says:
YES! Very deserving GOW. KtK is part of what makes Oob great!
rmumph1 says:
Even when you were portrayed as a communist a few months back, I still enjoyed your comments (LOL). Great story about your father. Put me on the waiting list for that tee time.
Banker85 says:
awesome kurt! well deserved, love the story about your dad, my dad is a correctional officer and i hear stories how he beats their azzes LOL but ya where do i get my tee time with ktk...

i dont think this was a random pick for GOW... but still awesome!
sepfeiff says:
cool, congrats on GOW
Kurt the Knife says:
very much appreciate the kind sentiments.
Clint24 says:
The story about your dad was amazing. Well written and gave me a chill. Kurt, you should go into newspaper writing, or maybe random golf stat site blogging.
Matt F says:
Great choice for GOW. Kurt, if you find yourself in NE Ohio, I'd love to play a round or two with you.

vja430 says:
Congrats on the GOW.
Kurt the Knife says:
A fun thing I observed later in life was the only television program that ever got close to a real portrayal of Police work was "Barney Miller".
falcon50driver says:
Funny you did the Dennis Hopper routine. I played a round of golf with him in Taos N.M. I walked on the course as a single and the pro put me with him, it was great fun.
Kurt the Knife says:
can only imagine. I am an art student and collector and would have loved to hang a few with the man. Quite an eclectic vision that guy.
BTW, passed thru Taos once... exquisite.
manny.101 says:
Congrats on GOW! Great story about the old man!
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