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Thomas Porter a.k.a. golfingbumunderpar64
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 30-years-old and I am an area sales manager (supervisor) for Buffalo Rock Pepsi.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing at the age of 14 and my current handicap index, according to oobgolf, is 1.3.

How often do you play?
At least once every Saturday and Sunday, and if I'm lucky once during the week.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
My group and I were on hole 17 at Prattville Country Club, a par 5 with a ditch about 250 yards from the tee, so you have to lay up. So I hit 3-wood off the tee and 3-wood for the second shot. I sprayed the second shot to the right and hit the cart path. I got to my ball to see it landed in a small ditch with a wall of dirt in the way of my backswing. The green has three tiers going downhill away from me, but pin high. I got down to read the break to which they laughed since they knew I didn't stand a chance. My opponent sat pretty 4 feet from the cup putting for birdie. After a few practice swings I got my line and hit the ball. It was perfect shot that tracked to the pin and dropped in for eagle. We won the hole and I was called a few names that can't be published - great day of golf!

What is your best golf memory?
It's playing with my mom in a best ball he/she at Timberline Golf Club in 2010. Spending that time with her was awesome. We ended up winning the whole thing and have played together every year since. It has become "our" thing to do together every year.

What is your "home" course?
Prattville Country Club in Prattville, Alabama

What ball do you play?
The discontinued Callaway Tour ix. I switched from the Titleist Pro V1x to try a different ball. I ended up having my first bogey free round. I was hooked from there and have broken my career low 3 times with this ball. Thank goodness for eBay since the ball is discontinued.

Drivers: Taylormade SuperFast 2.0
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0
Irons: TaylorMade R7
Wedges: Cleveland CG14 Black Pearl
Putters: Taylormade Ghost Spider

Favorite pro?
I don't really have one favorite. I like the game of golf and love watching the shot making ability that the pros have. Like the shot Tiger made on 16 at the Memorial Tournament this year or the shot Bubba Watson pulled off at The Masters. I have great respect for those guys - those shots are not easy!

Favorite course you've played?
Peninsula Golf Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Every time I visit the staff is awesome, very nice. The course has a beautiful layout. Green grass everywhere. Words can't describe the course. It can be challenging but very fun.

Dream course you've yet to play?
St. Andrews. I'd love to play a round on a course with such a rich history. And play where so many others have played and stepped on.

Best round ever- and what course?
Actually happened a couple of months ago and beat my previous round by 3 - 64 at Prattville Country Club.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Reading greens. I feel like I'm a pretty decent putter and can putt the ball where I want but if you can't pick the right line it doesn’t matter. Any fellow oobers know any tricks?

Tell me a story.
My story is from my career round. We were on the 17th, a par 5 (which is my best par 5, I know because the oobgolf tracker says so), same one as above. Walking up to the tee box I was 5-under-par and told my buddy Kris "I'm gonna birdie this hole and get to 6-under-par". I was playing against him that day so his response was typical. "I hope you hit it in the ditch and double".
I hit my 3-wood for the drive and second shot. In the middle of the fairway starring at a middle tier pin placement. Grab my rangefinder to see that I'm 42 yards away. My playing partner Frank walks up and I tell him "I'm gonna get it close so we get birdie". Franks smiles and tells me to just put it in for eagle and we'll go to the 18th. Upon hearing this Kris decides to throw his two cents in. "I can see you looking up and blading it across the green, getting mad, chili dipping the next, and oh no there's a double". Told him I like Franks idea better. Sure enough I hit it a bit thin, but not thin enough to miss badly.

The ball hits the green on the slope of the tier and tracking to the pin. It went followed by the slap sound of the ball hitting the stick and dropping in the hole. I was able to par 18 the finsh with a 64. It was my best day of golf ever.


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[ comments ]
aaronm04 says:
Congrats on GoW!

For reading greens, I use Dave Stockton's advice of always looking at the putt from the low side. Since the greens where I play are bermuda, I also look at the hole from directly above to see which way the grain is going at the hole (the "burned out looking" side is the direction the grain is going). Looking at the grain has been really helpful for both line and speed. Hope this helps.
birdieXris says:
well done with the short game and congrats on GOW honors!
Matt F says:
Congratulations on GoW.

On putting, the best advice I've heard is using imagery and go with your first read ie: check the line from about 5' behind the ball and see in your mind the ball leaving it's spot, taking the break and going in the hole. Step up to the ball take a couple of practice "swings" for speed and roll the ball on the line you saw in your mind.
mrcgamble says:
have not had the opprotunity to play prattville, but isn't that a part of the RTJ trail? my playing partners get up there occasionally and this sounds familar.

Also sounds like we are in the same boat with golf balls, I love the Taylormade TP blacks which have been discontinued and currently on the hunt for a new golf ball...(thinking Titleist velocity, cant afford the big boys).

Congrat on GOW.
srogers13 says:
There is a RTJ Trail course in Prattville, but his home course is not part of the Trail. The Trail course in Prattville is called Capitol Hill, and has three courses.
Virtuaframax says:
very good GOW!!! congrats on your game!
inconsistent1 says:
I play with Thomas and look forward to sharing his "Golfer of the Week" status with our playing group. It should go over really well. When does he get his free tee-shirt?
jhons says:
Porter worked as a club ace and played on smaller than usual visits until do my assignment gaining his Ben Hogan Tour card (now Nationwide Tour) in the 1991 Q School. He played on the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour from 1992 to 1996.
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