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Agustin Rodriguez a.k.a. Agustin
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm 41 years old and I’m a Portfolio Manager in IT for a Fortune 50 technology company.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf somewhat regularly around 10 years ago and am currently an 8.1 handicap.
How often do you play?
6 times per month or so, every Saturday for sure!
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Just last week I managed an eagle on the 11th at my home course (565 yard par 5). I nailed my driver down the left side of the fairway and left me 250 yards to the pin. I hit a solid 3-wood but the trajectory was a little lower than I would have liked, so the ball came out a little hot. It bounced just before the pot bunker that guards the front of the green and over it, rolled by the flag and settled 3 yards past the green in the rough, about 15 yards from the hole. I had a difficult chip left that had to land just inside the green and roll about 5 yards. From there, the slope of the green would do the rest, breaking hard to the left and rolling down to the hole. I decided on chipping it with my pitching wedge, made solid contact, and the shot played out exactly as I had imagined it. As soon as it took the break I had a feeling that the ball was going in and my playing partners were calling out the eagle. Sure enough, with the last roll the ball dropped in, right in the center of the cup. And to think I almost did not make it out to the course that day. These are the shots that have us hooked on this fickle game.
What is your best golf memory?
I have many good golfing memories but I like to think that the best ones are still ahead of me. Like the time when I will, finally, shoot an ace. In a tournament, of course and win a nice car... Someday!
What is your "home" course?
El Rio Country Club just outside Guadalajara, Mexico. It’s a Nicklaus Signature course; long (7,600 from the tips) and with many elevation changes. Ryegrass fairways and rough with Bent greens. Every hole has a hazard you must negotiate at some point, be it off the tee or on you approach to the green. And then you have to deal with the wavy “tostada” greens. Quite a challenge, be it from the Whites (72.1/138), Blues (73/142) or Black (75.9/144) tees. Pick your poison.
What ball do you play?
Titleist Pro V1, and Titleist Pro V1x when it gets soggy during rainy season. Soft feel and great control are the reasons why. I sometimes play Callaways and Pentas but always end up coming back to the Titleist. There’s no feeling like a well-struck ProV1!
Drivers: Titleist 910 D2
Fairway Woods: Titleist 910F
Hybrids: Titleist 910 H
Irons: Ping S56
Wedges: Ping Tour-S Brushed Silver
Putters: Scotty Cameron Circa '62 No. 2
I really don’t follow any one single golfer. I usually pull for the underdog in contention. The final rounds that I’ve enjoyed the most recently have been Rocco vs. Tiger in the US Open, as well as recent success of Tom Watson and Greg Norman in The Open.
Favorite course you've played?
My home course. Since El Rio is relatively new, it only has around 150 or so members, many of which don’t golf there regularly. Even on weekends we don’t have to worry about tee times and play with an open hole in front and behind us. Priceless. This probably will not last, so I’ll enjoy crowd-free golf there while I still can.
Dream course you've yet to play?
The Old Course at St. Andrews. Praying not to land in Hell Bunker, taking aim at the Old Course Hotel, and walking over the Swilcan Bridge are some of the reasons why. Being a part of over 600 years of history and sharing in the feelings and memories experienced there by countless golfers from all walks of life and every corner of the globe, would be a dream come true.
Best round ever- and what course?
I’ve shot 78 a few times, the best one at my home course is linked here.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Consistency. Unfortunately my swing comes and goes as it pleases. See below...
Tell me a story.
As I just mentioned, consistency is my biggest issue. I’m just as likely to shoot in the low 80s as I am to shoot in low 90s. This one round is a microcosm of my golf game. It was two years ago this June. The round started with a birdie putt from the fringe on #1. I felt my swing was on and was feeling pretty confident. This is nothing new since I’m a “fast starter” and often play well to start a round. Three pars and two bogies later I was still feeling pretty good about my swing and then managed a birdie on 7 to get me back to even par. I felt in “the zone”, nothing could go wrong on this day. I pared the last 3 holes, all in regulation, for an even par 36 on the front nine. I thought to myself “This is it, my swing has finally clicked. The countless hours on the range and all the blisters in my hands had finally paid off”. I was feeling on top of the golf world giving all kinds of (unsolicited) advice to my playing partners; wanting to share all of my newfound wisdom in this game. Little did I know what the golf gods had in store for me. It all started with a poor swing at the par 3 10th. Splash! It was all downhill from there. Everything started unraveling. My swing had left me just as easily as it had “arrived” earlier in the round. Four double and three bogies later I carded what has to be the worst 83 in the history of golf. I left the course frustrated and humbled, vowing never again get carried away when things went right for me on the course. In case you want to feel my pain (or mock me), here’s the link to the scorecard.
Oh, and no; I did not learn my lesson. I still get carried away after a few good shots to start a round. “This time is it, it’s got to be. I really got it now.” Only to leave disappointed once again. My golfing buddies tell me that my golf game is like beer, great when cold but “skunky” as soon as it warms up.
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Welcome to the GOW club. Since your account is Private, none of us are able to view your linked score cards.
Mmm, tostada greens.
Congrats on GOW! Don't be too disappointed in low 80s on that course you play. I played Spyglass a few years ago and it's a 73.6/144 from the blues (not tips). That's a HARD course.
Sorry guys, I forgot I had marked it private. Just changed it back to public. I'm honored to be a part of this select group of golf enthusiasts. If you are ever in Guadalajara send me a note on my golfer page and I'll be more than happy to take you out to the course.
@Agustin, I can share your pain on starting stronger and then crashing... Congrats on GOW!
"Just changed it back to public." Hey, thanks for sharing. That 78 is a great score on a tough track. As some of our younger Oobers would say, you got game!
I am (was, haven't played since Oct 2011) the same way, i start out hot and then get big headed and fall apart. I remember i was -1 after 9 holes (6pars and 1 30ft birdie) and then shot something like +9 or worse on the back and left dumbfounded.
Congrats!! I agree with the ProV1 sentiment, nothing like hitting a solid shot on a ProV, the sound, the ball flight, everything. As for your home course, that's not an easy course. I think my average course rating/slope is like 69/120. There is nothing better than an open hole in front of you so you can play as quickly as you like. I hope (and don't hope) that it stays that way (but also your club gains members!).
Welcome to GOW!
Felipe Rojas says:
hey buddy, congrats on GOW! and good luck on the Audi national tournament coming soon!
I agree the best golf course in GDL
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