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Kip Mask a.k.a. Backquak
If you hit your kid at home, it's a crime. But if you hit your kid with a golf ball on the course, it's funny. Just as Backquak. Luckily, his kid was alright and he even finished out the hole. Enjoy.

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 36, and I'm a chiropractor.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I've played golf since I was in junior high, but didn't learn to enjoy it until my 20s, my handicap is 9.8.

How often do you play?
I play every chance I get, which hasn't been very much, and with 4 kids, I'm starting to think I will never get to play again. My only hope is that my sons continue to enjoy the game, so I have an excuse to get out.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I was playing alone a couple years ago and got to the 15th hole and had to wait on a 5-some thinking they would let me play through and a 2-some comes up behind me. One of them is a patient of mine so we decide to play together. I hit a beautiful 6 iron to this 175 yard par 3, heading straight at the flag, but its late in the day and we couldn't see it very well. I asked them, "did that go in?" they said they couldn't tell. So we start toward the green and I'm walking so they get to the green and I see them check the hole then walk to the back of the green and point, so I grab my wedge and walk toward the back of the green where they are standing and as I pass the hole I glance at it and see my ball staring back at me. My only hole-in-one and it was almost not witnessed.

What is your best golf memory?
Besides my hole-in-one, I have alot of great memories playing with my classmates during our time in chiro-school, playing with my friends and family, and especially playing with my son. I actually teared up when he made his first birdie last summer.

What is your "home" course?
I don't have a home course, but I definitely play most of my rounds at Ross Rogers Municipal Golf Course, a good public course here in Amarillo.

What ball do you play?
I play Titleist NXT, Pro V1, mostly. But I will play anything except a Top-Flite, I just don't like 'em.

Drivers: Titleist 907D1
Fairway Woods: Bang Golf Bang-O-Matic
Irons: Cleveland TA3 GunMetal Form Forged
Wedges: Solus Series 4.1
Putters: Rife Guerin Rife Aussie Black Putter

Favorite pro?
I really like Rory McIroy, Bubba Watson, and my hometown hero Ryan Palmer.

Favorite course you've played?
I really enjoyed the Tour 18 in Dallas, it was cool to play some of the famous holes in golf.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Augusta, definitely dreaming, and I will play Pebble one of these days.

Best round ever- and what course?
I have shot 76 four times at Ross Rogers, but the best was the last time on the Wildhorse side, when I was even par until the last 2 ugly holes in the dark, but I had to finish or I wouldn't have been able to live with myself.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My putting... my putts don't seem to break when they are suppose to and they stop just in front of the cup when I get them on the right line.

Tell me a story.
My wife and I were playing a mountain course in New Mexico (Pandora I think). She was pregnant with our second, and our first, Paden was with us. He started going with me when he was 14 months and he was about 19 months old at this time. On the second hole I hit well short of the green so I left the cart and my wife at the green and walk back to my ball. My wife is on the right side of the green checking out the scenery, Paden is on the left side hitting his ball toward the hole and I am getting ready to hit a little 30 yard pitch that needs to stop quick. I, of course, catch it a little thin and as the ball is in the air, my son starts running across the green and stops and looks at me as the ball nails him right between the eyes. It seemed like slow motion as it happened cause I remember hitting the ball and running and getting to him at almost the same time as the ball hit him. He cried for maybe 2 minutes before he insisted on finishing the hole (I think he was more upset that my wife was dragging him alway from the hole). I may never live that one down, the wife was there to witness it and it took a few minutes of convincing before she "allowed" us to continue playing.


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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Congratulations on joining the pantheon of the GOW. Well done!
Duke of Hazards says:
Congrats Kip. Funny story, btw.
jpjeffery says:
That'll teach the little tyke to run across a green!


I jest, of course. Glad he was OK.
Banker85 says:
i play a lot alone as well and i dread the day i hit a hole in one and there is no one around to witness it.
Muscle-OchO says:
Banker.... Lets focus on GIR on the par 3's first..... Holes in 1.. Geesh! Reminds me of Allen Iverson and PRACTICE.... Were talking about PRACTICE or Jim Mora... PLAYOFFS... PLAYOFFS...... :) Jus jokes!
Banker85 says:
your nuts ocho, if Nathan can get a hole in one then i know i can.
Muscle-OchO says:
Touche` my friend!
Backquak says:
I finally got to play and now my handicap has gone up to 10.3... sad
KVSmith59 says:
excuse my ignorance, but I've never heard of: Fairway Woods: Bang Golf Bang-O-Matic
but I like the name!
Backquak says:
Bang Golf used to be pretty popular on the long drive tour, I have a couple of their driver heads, I change drivers alot thinking its got to be the "arrow" not this "indian". But the fairway metals have been so sweet that I just can't replace them.
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