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Tom Leddy a.k.a. tartantoml
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 52 years old and I work as an engineer for a phone company. I wear glasses only to work at the computer and play golf, but still have difficulty seeing the long drives that others in my group can hit.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
In March of 2010, two years ago when I sold my boat, the time spent sailing and maintaining the boat conflicted with playing golf. My handicap is 23 but I want to be a bogie-golfer soon (Keep your head down and stop trying to hit the ball so hard my "coach" Todd tells me just about every hole).

How often do you play?
Every weekend (special thanks to Mimi) the same group goes out. We sometimes grab an afternoon round once daylight savings time and cheaper golf starts in Florida. We play extreme ready golf, if you're ready then hit.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
The 10th hole at the Glades Course at Colony West Country Club is a 135 yard par-3 almost entirely over water. On 12/12/10 (6 months into my golf career) I kept my head down and made a smooth golf shot and it flew right at the pin, it bounced once and rolled right in. The other three went crazy, I was in denial. Then on 1/8/12 I did it again on the same hole, same club same friends. They convinced me to cut the flag down, it hangs in my garage.

What is your best golf memory?
The same group was on a par-4 at another course in Ft. Lauderdale and there was water in front of the green. I hit my second shot short and it rolled back into the water. When I walked down to take a look, the ball was 3/4 submerged. It was 30 feet to the pin but six or seven feet up to the green. I took off my right shoe and sock and the guys started roaring in laughter. I pulled my hat down low, checked for gators and stepped off the somewhat rocky shore to line up a shot. I took a full swing and must have closed my eyes. Now they are screaming on the green and I open my eyes to see the ball roll right back to where it started. They were cheering and laughing. I picked up the ball and was going to just throw it up on the green (maybe even at them) when I noticed it wasn't my ball. I had hit to within 10 feet of the pin. Being covered in muddy water wasn't quite so bad at that point. And I did make the putt for par.

What is your "home" course?
The Glades Course at Colony West is where we play most Sundays. It's only a par 65 but it stays reasonable in price during season and we get the first tee time. I know every inch of that course and even the surrounding woods and lawns.

What ball do you play?
I play a purple shamrock. Any balls that are on sale. I draw a small shamrock on each ball, the Purple Shamrock was my favorite Irish bar in Boston. I lived there for 6 years (Boston that is).

I have all TaylorMade Burner clubs - driver, fairway wood, hybrids, irons and wedges. It seemed like a wise choice as two in our group are brothers with last name of Berner. The putter is a cheapo from sports authority that felt good. I am saving up for a Taylor-made Spyder, well waiting for the price to come down also.

Favorite pro?
Fred Couples. He's an easy going guy that hits with such a slow, smooth rhythm and has played with some serious pain. He is the same age as me and I really went crazy when he was leading the Masters this year.

Favorite course you've played?
Tough to have one, every year we play Parkridge on a garbage dump that closed 10 years ago and they turned it into a municipal course. The elevation changes are challenging for Florida. And then we play Sebring every year just north of Lake Okeechobee, guys only weekend and we play two rounds each day. Good friends and lots of laughs.

Dream course you've yet to play?
TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 15 years ago I rented a condo that backed up to the course and would watch the players come through. The 17th hole is a 132 yard par 3 over the water, I think I can ace it (not really) but I'd like to try.

Best round ever- and what course?
Deer Creek Golf Club is a beautiful and expensive course very close to home that I played last month with my brother and his 19 yr old son (visiting from NJ). I was finally able to put a real golf game together on a quality course and enjoy it with them. The wind was strong but we had a blast and stopped for a while at the 19th hole.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Consistency, I either top it or chunk it, lift my head or swing too hard. I would just like to see less of the course and lower scores (I only ask the golf gods for bogies).

Tell me a story.
We were at our home course and I was riding with a buddy (lets call him LJ). He was having a frustrating round and we had stopped the cart girl for some beverages on the back 9. LJ took the cart to the other side of the fairway and chunked his shot miserably. He took a full baseball swing at his bag on the back of the cart. He hit the plastic buckle and it broke, sending his bag and clubs flying. He gathered them together and tied the strap temporarily and came back to the group. He was a little embarrassed until his brother Ray asked him how many strokes it took to break the buckle.


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cvargo says:
wow 2 hole in ones on the same hole. Congrats on GOW
Jbeck says:
Great Job on the hole in ones, havent had one of those as of yet.
Werepuppie says:
Congrats on GoW.I used to live in W.Palm Bch.I played many of the courses you named.Park Ridge is a nice course for Fl.
aaronm04 says:
Congrats on Golfer of the Week!
kbern44 says:
I know this guy! Nice write up Tom!
Renreb says:
Great write-up Tom! I have seen 3 HOI. Toms' two and my brothers (^^^this guy^^^) one. I have yet to get a HIO myself but have been close too many times to count, one day!

Grats Tom on GoW! Now gather your clubs for this Saturday, Mimi will understand!
bkuehn1952 says:
Welcome to the GOW club! Small world - I played Deer Creek about a month ago.
skinsfan129 says:
Nice story GOW, I think I know that baseball player you speak about. Home run with that story!
DougE says:
"when I sold my boat, the time spent sailing and maintaining the boat conflicted with playing golf." Wow, sounds similar to me. Did the same thing myself. Took up golf seriously to replace the 365 days a year I spent on the water/docks from the Northeast to the Caribbean. After 30 years of a major league sailing addiction, due to golf, I now hardly miss it. Keep focused on the game and your cap will definitely come down. I am proof. Congrats on GoW.
jpjeffery says:
Nice one.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Tom, congrats on GOW. In any way, are you related to Nick Leddy, the Eden Prairie native who now plays for the Blackhawks?
tartantoml says:
I don't know of any relatives up that way. And thanks for the comments all. Hit em long and straight.
tingalinks says:
I would cut that flag down too!
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