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Brad Hollinger a.k.a. Ben Crane
Brad "Ben Crane" Hollinger was a little hesitant to be featured as the oobgolf GoW because he thought since he wasn't playing as much golf lately, he didn't deserve the title. But, if you've been around oobgolf long enough you know that's simply not true. Like so many of you, he is one of the reasons why oobgolf is the best golf site on the web. Enjoy!

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I’m 34 and work as a bioinformatics analyst for a cancer research center.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf in 2002 when I was invited to play in a scramble through work. Enjoyed it enough that despite not completing the tournament due to thunderstorms I went out and got some clubs and have been playing ever since. Presently, I’m at a 9 handicap – the lowest I’ve ever been.

How often do you play?
I used to try and get out a couple of times a week. With starting a family and trying to save vacation time for other things, I’m only able to play while on vacation or special events.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
It would be my first hole-in-one. I wasn’t playing golf regularly at the time, but it was a 113 yard par 3. I don’t remember what club I hit, but it was a horrible shot. The ball had little loft and was more of a worm burner. It bounced about 10yds in front of the green, hit the flagstick dead center and fell into the cup.

What is your best golf memory?
My best golf memory would be all the rounds I’ve played with my father (OOber Paul Goydos). He picked the game back up after many years off when I did and we’ve been able to make many memories to last a lifetime. The time spent on the course has definitely made our relationship stronger.

What is your "home" course?
I’m blessed to have a good number of courses within 45 minutes of my work or home. Each year we purchase a discount golf book (Tee Time Book) and try to search out the best values rather than play one course more than a couple times a year.

What ball do you play?
I don’t buy golf balls and instead rely on my master scavenging skills so the brand varies depending on what courses I’m playing. At nicer courses I tend to find nicer balls. I prefer the Titleist Pro V1 due to the control it gives me around the green.

Drivers: TaylorMade Tour Burner
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade r7 Steel
Hybrids: TaylorMade Rescue Mid
Irons: TaylorMade rac OS2
Wedges: Eidolon V-Sole
Putters: Odyssey White Hot XG 2-Ball SRT

Favorite pro?
Definitely Boo Weekley. He’s a country boy that seems misplaced in the golf world.

Favorite course you've played?
Myrtle Beach National – West Course would be my overall favorite. I’m not sure why as the course is a simple parkland layout with a few doglegs, but nothing really remarkable feature-wise. I guess it is the smell of the Carolina pines.

Dream course you've yet to play?
Augusta National for the history of the location.

Best round ever- and what course?
I have shot a career best 78 two times. Ironically, both rounds came a year apart on different courses at a 36-hole venue, Lakeview in Harrisonburg, VA, I only play once or twice a year while vacationing in the area.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
It would definitely be my approach shots followed closely by my putting. I give up way too many shots going into the green given how long I am off the tee.

Tell me a story.
A couple years ago I was playing golf with OObers BirdieXris, Carols Franco and Kickntrue. We were on the back 9 and Kickntrue hit his approach to about 30yds short of the green dead center in the landing area across a ravine. BirdieXris then proceeds to hit his approach shot directly into Kickntrue’s ball and both take off in different directions. Not spectacular by any means, but I’ve never witnessed a shot like that before or since. I still can’t remember how we ruled that one.


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bkuehn1952 says:
Congratulations on your election to the much envied position of GOW!
homermania says:
Nice GOW, Brad! I love hole in one stories like that. My brother banked a hole in one off a shed once, while I'm still looking for my first.

I'm pretty sure the ruling should have been: BirdieXris plays his ball as it lies; Kickntrue replaces his ball to its original position.
Banker85 says:
congrats! Ya i haven't played much at all this season (4 measly rounds, not counting scrambles) but oobgolf is getting me through it.
birdieXris says:
haha Brad i remember when that happened. Out at Whitetail Resort :) I don't remember if it was me who hit his or he who hit mine. We played it right. i know that. The guy who hit played as it lies. I think it was Kickntrue. he was mad because he hit such a great shot and when it hit mine it launched over the back of the green, i just went a few feet right into the rough. What a great day that was!!!
Torleif Sorenson says:
Brad and Banker85, consider this: You're still getting to play more golf than *I* am...
Jim_Smallwood_Jr. says:
Hey Brad, congrats on the GOW. I'm envious. LOL. Great hole in one story, it doesn't matter how, no pictures on the scorecard right?
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