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Jason Driemeier a.k.a. JDriem
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm 26-years-old and I'm a police dispatcher going on eight years now.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
My handicap is 26.4. I started playing golf June 2011. My brother took me and a few of my friends golfing as part of my bachelor party. I had a blast even though I played horrible. The next week I went and bought a set of new clubs and have been playing ever since.

How often do you play?
I try to golf at least twice a month. The course I golf at most of the time has all you can play for around $30 so I try to play 36 holes whenever I get a chance to play and time allows for it.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I don't have too many to choose from since I don't have a bunch of rounds under my belt yet but I'd say it would be hole #11 at Meadowbrook Country Club. It's about 159 yards downhill to the center of the green with a small pond blocking the front side of the green. I hit my 8-iron about as good as I ever have and it landed on the topside of the green and rolled back about 20 feet to put me about 3 feet from the hole. I ended up getting par. It was just one of those shots that keeps you coming back for the next time and I desperately needed one that day cause I was having a horrible round.

What is your best golf memory?
Probably just watching my 4-year-old son enjoy golf as much as he does. I have had the luxury of my grandmother owning a time share that is near our house and they happen to have a very small 5 hole par 3 course. I take him to the play every now and then and he just loves it. I get a kick out of watching him setting up and smacking the ball around the course. Every time I would leave to play a round of golf he would tell me to get a birdie. But now that I have gotten birdies he keeps telling me to get an eagle. Like getting birdie isn't hard enough for me LOL. Hopefully I will be able to report to him that I got an eagle soon but I worry he will start asking me to get aces :)

What is your "home" course?
Sainte Genevieve Golf Course in Saite Genevieve, MO

What ball do you play?
I did play just random buckets of MaxFli and TopFlite but the last two rounds I played with Titleist DT Solo and will probably stick with them for a while.

Clubs?
Drivers: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast
Hybrids: TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 Rescue
Irons: TaylorMade Burner 2.0
Wedges: TaylorMade Burner 2.0
Wedges: TaylorMade RAC Satin
Wedges: RAM Tour Grind
Putters: TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Sport 1

Favorite pro?
I don't really have a favorite, I just enjoy watching and playing golf whenever I get some free time. I usually root for the underdog though.

Favorite course you've played?
Meadowbrook Country Club. It's just the nicest course I have yet to play. I went to play there while on vacation visiting my family up north. From my understanding this course use to be a private club only but had just recently opened it up to the public. It has one of the nicest club houses I seen and I have never seen grass so green in my life!

Dream course you've yet to play?
TPC Sawgrass or Pebble Beach. TPC Sawgrass for their signature 17th hole and Pebble Beach just because I just like the setup of it and it looks amazing. One of my golfing goals is just to play one course in all 50 states.

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot a 90 at Sainte Genevieve Golf Course. Shot a 47 on the front and a 43 on the back. I shot the 43 on the back even with double bogeys on the 14th, 15t hand 16th hole. I think I started to feel the pressure of breaking into the 80s and let it get to me a little. I ended up with a par 17th and a birdie on the 18th for an even 90. Hoping to break into the 80s in 2013!

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
That would have to be my driver. I'm not very consistent with it like I want to be. Some days I just want to break it in half. I also would like to be able to hit my mid irons better like my 5-iron which I won't even touch anymore since I never hit a decent shot with it. If I need to use a 5-iron I move up to my 4 hybrid which is one of my favorite clubs in my bag or attempt to hit my 6 iron that I'm not consistent with either.

Tell me a story.
It was just a few weeks before Thanksgiving and I was playing in my first golf tournament. It was a scramble format at one of our local courses that I don't enjoy playing very much because there are a lot of houses and a big parking lot you have to worry about hitting. I made it to the last hole which was hole #1 for our group without me hitting anything. The green on hole one backs up to US highway 61/67 and the only thing keeping your ball from flying into the highway is a small net. I hit a decent tee shot down the center of the fairway and all I had to do was hit a nice 80-yard pitch to the green and call it a day without destroying anything. I jinxed myself though because I mentioned the accomplishment to the group before I hit the ball and sure enough I shanked it and it went sailing towards the highway.

We waited to hear for cars slamming on their breaks from my ball hitting their car but never heard anything so the next person in our group was about to hit when we noticed a ball sitting about 10 feet from the hole on the green. Sure enough it was my ball. It must have hit a tree or telephone pole and shot the ball back towards the green and kept it from going into the highway. So I'd like to just thank the tree for keeping me from having to pay for someone's car!

Thanks!

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[ comments ]
guzzlingil says:
congrats!
12/21/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Congratulations and good luck with breaking "90" in 2013.
12/21/12
 
accarson3 says:
Nice writeup...good luck with your game in 2013.
12/21/12
 
JDriem says:
Thanks!
12/22/12
 
jpjeffery says:
Nice work.
12/22/12
 
Coach Chuck says:
Good story, keep the boy playing you two will have years of fun and memories.Get a lesson so you can help your son to. And always always have fun with the game.
12/26/12
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
ChuckJr is right - when your son discovers the joy of the game, it *is* a beautiful thing. I speak from experience. :)
12/26/12
 
Jbeck says:
Keep at it, I started about 24 years old and have been addicted ever since. As for the boy, I teach my 6 year old by saying swing hard in case you hit it. I drop a ball at the 150, hand her a club and say I will meet you on the green. I want her to learn to hit it hard, I will teach her control latter.
12/28/12
 
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