Patrica Hannigan a.k.a. golfgirl
This weeks Golfer of the week is another golf blogger. Patrica Hannigan is The Golf Girl. She's new to golf but show knows how to draw a crowd. She's a great interview and we're working on having her post some scores this summer.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
Age? Let's say 35, that sort of works for me. I'm a marketing and communications executive for an art publishing company. I also write and edit a golf blog, Golf Girl's Diary.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started just about a year ago. April 2006 to be exact. I plan to establish a handicap once this season begins, and it'll certainly be way high.
How often do you play?
Last season I played 2-3 times a week all summer and through the fall. With lots of lessons and range practice as well.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I've made a quite a number of good shots in my short golf career, but I've got to admit, I'm still waiting for the great shot.
What is your best golf memory?
Playing in the Native American Classic at Lake of Isles. Chester Thorpe (Jim Thorpe's brother) was in our foursome and we had an awesome caddy. I played really badly but we all had lots of fun anyway.
What is your "home" course?
I live in Danbury, CT and we've got a beautiful public course, Richter Park where we play a lot. It's one of the top rated public courses in New England.
What ball do you play?
I'm still at the stage where color is an important feature in a golf ball. Seriously, I tend to favor the cheapest balls I can find, because I lose so many.
When I started playing almost a year ago, I went to Target and bought Ram Craighton set for about $100. and it's served me well, but I'm ready to upgrade and I'm lusting for a Cleveland Hi bore driver and maybe a full set of hi bore irons and woods. Now I just need a generous benefactor.
I'm very fickle that way. One week I'll be obsessing about Lorena Ochoa the next I'll be really into Paula Creamer. Or, all of a sudden I'll develop an unhealthy interest in Sergio Garcia then I'll "rediscover Vijay Singh or Ernie Els...or someone else. In any case I love watching the pros . My celeb-obsession.
Favorite course you've played?
I haven't played any really major courses in my short golfing career but I really enjoyed Lake of Isles up at Foxwoods Casino in Northern CT. It's just really pretty up there. They sponsor Jim Thorpe the amazing sr. golfer. I was in a foursome with his brother (and sometime caddy) Chester the first time I ever played in a tournament. Chester was surprised how bad I was but he was totally gracious and generous with advice and suggestions.
Dream course you've yet to play?
I dream of playing exotic, unusual courses in fascinating places like La Paz Golf Club in La Paz Bolivia , the highest course in the world. I'd love to play at night under the lights in Dubai or up at Black Diamond in Alaska under the midnight sun. I'm also desperate to play the ultra-mysterious Morefar which is only 15 minutes from my house, but it's strictly invitation only and so far no one's invited me.
Best round ever- and what course?
For obvious reasons, I've played my best rounds at my beautiful little local par three, Gainfield Farms. Only slightly above par. I'm a total beginner, remember?
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My drive, my approach shots, my chip shots and my putting. I sort of desperately need to improve my entire game.
Tell me a story.
We were playing at Richter on a beautiful Friday in July. It was twilight and we were the last foursome, finishing up our round. A lovely terraced cafe overlooks The 18th hole. That day there happened to be a bachelor party going on and the terrace was overflowing with raucous gentlemen well on their way to total inebriation. It seems the "official entertainment" hadn't arrived yet so they were amusing themselves by commenting on the players as they came in. One could sense from way down the fairway that the comments were not flattering. So I was dreading that last approach shot, pretty sure that something would go wrong, but amazingly it didn't I hit a chip shot with my sand wedge right onto the green about four feet from the hole! The captive audience reacted with restrained admiration. As I tend to do when I'm feeling good, I was jauntily swishing my putter back and forth as I walked onto the green, confident that I'd be able to tap into the hole. Well somehow my swishing putter swished in slightly the wrong direction and wound up between my ankles, just as I took a step. I stumbled forward, practically knocking the flag out and landed inelegantly sprawled on my hands and knees. You can only imagine what the reaction was from the now blitzed crowd at the cafe. To add insult to injury I then three putted the hole. Needless to say my thoroughly humiliated playing partners quickly finished and we all slunk away in shame. How's that for an embarrassing golf experience?
Not bad, definately one of the better stories we have heard hear on Golfer of the Week. Thanks!
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You look athletic and confident, you'll do just fine with this great game of golf. Get some lessons early and you'll play well for the rest of your life. Good Luck
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