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John Furr a.k.a. jfurr
I had the pleasure of meeting John at the 2012 World Am and we played a round of golf at one of his home courses in Columbia, SC after the tournament (neither of us made it to the final round). He's a good golfer and an even better person. And now it's your turn to virtually meet him. Enjoy!

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 42 and work as an Information Services manager. I take the specs from the customers to the engineers.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
Well, despite growing up in a sleepy suburb with a golf course walking distance from my house, as a youth I did not take to it. I regret that, as you can imagine. So I do not count the summer when I was 10 and did a youth group lesson and played maybe 27 holes. Later in the summer of '98, I played a few rounds cluelessly. I sucked but not as much as one of my buddies who hit himself in the chest with the ball off the tee - more than once. I don't count that either. I would say I started for real in May of 2008. I am a 14.1 index on oobgolf.

How often do you play?
As much as possible. During most weekends I am playing a few rounds, during the week walking 9 after work, range session one night, chip 'n putt another evening, etc whenever I can.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I hit lots of bad shots and lots of decent shots. To pick one I would have to go with my hole-in-one. A few years ago I was walking nine holes after work and having a rough round. On the par 3 #7 on the Blue nine at Charwood CC, I swung my 26 degree hybrid and the feeling was effortless. It was like magic - the ball took off with so much energy and on a high straight path right at the flag. I saw it hit the center of the green coming down on a direct line down the flagstick, bounce, and vanish. I walked up to the green, looked around and saw no ball -- looked over the back of the green, maybe it went over the back, no ball -- looked down in the cup -- there it sat. Nike Vapor. Nobody to see it. I looked back and a friend at the course was back behind me chipping up on #6, he was too far away and he didn't see. I asked the couple who were ahead of me just to the side on the tee of #8 - no, they didn't see either. I think even with the ace I carded a 49 for nine holes!

What is your best golf memory?
This is a hard question. I've had lots of special times- the World Am, special tournament matches, nite glow ball golf, holing out for eagle, funny times on the course… etc… I'm sorry I cannot think of one memory which stands out. Sometimes I am too involved in the process to notice anything except where I want to put the ball.

What is your "home" course?
I suppose I would have to say Charwood CC. I am also playing a lot at Cobblestone Park. The two courses are both 27 hole layouts, which is nice. With a 27 hole layout it is a lot easier to get out if you show up as a single and just want to walk 9 if it isn't busy. These two courses are very different, however. Charwood being an old school track with tight holes and domed greens which are hard to hold. It's not a great course but I enjoy the fellowship with the locals. Cobblestone Park, formerly University Club, is a different beast. Bigger feeling, tall elevation changes, large greens and bunkers. It's fantastic. The University of South Carolina team have it as their home course and it also hosts mini tour pro events from time to time. Back in the 90's it was the home for the Monday After The Masters Pro-Am a few times, and if I am not mistaken Tiger Woods played it along with many other well know PGA stars. But that was well before I was following golf. Aside from those two courses I also do a few tournament series around the area held at many different courses around and play whenever I can. I enjoy the variety and am not picky.

What ball do you play?
My favorite golf ball, if price is no object, is the ProV1x. I also like Callaway Hex Chrome, and also Top-Flight GamerV2 and D2+Feel. I hear that Top Flight are coming out with a urethane covered Gamer in 2013 and I would like to try that out as a possible new "cheap" ball. But I will be playing the Titleist ProV1x as my choice if possible.

I do a lot of buy/sell/trade but I would say this is my main bag:
Drivers: PING G20
Fairway Woods/Hybrid: PING G20
Irons: PING i20
Wedges: PING Tour-S
Putters: PING Karsten Crazee

Favorite pro?
Don't' have one favorite, guess for the "big time" I'll pull for Rory, but I am also partial to pulling for the local South Carolina boys Dustin Johnson and Tommy Gainey. Swing-wise I like Justin Rose and Nick Watney, and aim to emulate their smoothness in my own swing.

Favorite course you've played?
No question it is Sage Valley in Graniteville, SC. Very much a special treat to be able to go there, I am lucky. Very private and high quality with southern charm - kind of like the little Augusta. It's really strange when you are used to playing munis and public courses to go to a place with full caddy service in white jumpsuits. The course is wide, long, and beautiful. It is pure golf, and the clubhouse amenities and service are also superb and tasteful. The course has the Sub-Air greens technology found at Augusta National and Pebble Beach if I am not mistaken.

Dream course you've yet to play?
I am easy to please, not sure if I can pick one. I suppose I would say Pebble Beach?

Best round ever- and what course?
Best 18 hole round 79 at Cobblestone Park, best tournament round 81 at Mid-Carolina.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Consistent contact, hitting the ball in the center of the club face, and quieting my body -- no head sway!

Tell me a story.
Okay. For Christmas 2007 I bought a new TV for the house. The digital over-the-air broadcasting in HD was rolling out. I got setup and it was neat to have this, since I had actually not been watching TV for about 3 years. So now I was in a HD wonderland. One of my favorite things was to watch anything in HD. Well, guess what comes on during the weekend, in beautiful HD, for hours each Saturday and Sunday, and with pretty scenery, chirping birds, the sound of wind blowing and perfect for taking a nap on the couch? GOLF! So I started watching golf as a means to lull off to sleep while on the couch. Seriously. Well, after a month or so, I started staying awake a little more and catching and remembering the names of the golfers a little more. I mean, before this I had heard of Tiger, Phil, Daly, Nicklaus, Palmer, and a few other but that was it. I started catching on the players and recognizing them during the backswing -- "oh, that's Sergio Garcia… that's Adam Scott…" I was a newbie, but by March I was into watching golf. And more so, I had dug out the old garage sale clubs I fooled around with in '98 and was considering trying to actually learn how to play.

Fast Forward to April of 2008, and I had just took on a new job. I knew that some of the guys at my new job were into golf, and I thought I might pick it up as a way to meet them and fit in, etc. So the morning on my second day at my new job, the phone at my desk rings. It is an acquaintance, and he is offering two Masters tickets for Thursday (the next day). "Uhhh, I don't know…. I kind of have to work….". I really had no clue how special this was. So I told him to let me call back, as I feel out what it might be like to ask for a day off after being at my new job for less that 11 hours. So I walk up to my new boss…. "Uh, something has come up… See, I got two tickets for The Masters tomorrow--" He interrupts, his eyes enlarged: "We're Going!" as he holds up a finger… Okay, so that is how I went to The Masters with my boss.

As far as catching the golf bug, I must say that nothing will do it as much as being at The Masters. After that experience I was definitely hooked on golf, and found something incredibly challenging, fun, and addictive.


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Jbeck says:
Good stories, congrats on GOW.
GolfSmith7 says:
Jfurr you are 42 , you don't look a day over 30. Grea!t Good job staying in shape.
Banker85 says:
1st Bob: What you do at Initech is you take the specifications from the customer and bring them down to the software engineers?
Tom: Yes, yes that's right.

2nd Bob: Well then I just have to ask why can't the customers take them directly to the software people?

Tom: Well, I'll tell you why... because... engineers are not good at dealing with customers...

1st Bob: So you physically take the specs from the customer?

Tom: Well... No. My secretary does that... or they're faxed.

2nd Bob: So then you must physically bring them to the software people?

Tom: Well... No. ah sometimes.

1st Bob: What would you say you do here?

Tom: Look I already told you, I deal with the @#$% customers so the engineers don't have to. I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people, can't you understand that? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!
Banker85 says:
LMAo Jfurr!!!! I literally spit coffe on my computer screen laughing when i read what you said you do. +infiniti :D
Banker85 says:
I'm sure taking your boss to the Masters on what would be your 2nd day helped you build that relationship!
guzzlingil says:
Congrats Furr...!!!
aaronm04 says:
Congrats on GoW!!
bkuehn1952 says:
A most worthy addition to the GOW lineup. You have come a long way with your game in 4+ years.
DougE says:
Love your enthusiasm John. You are a worthy recipient of GOW.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Great stories. Banker85: That reminds me of a radio commercial for a restaurant chain's bread-bowl salad, where they're interviewing the dishwasher, who said he only washes bowls. The announcer asks if he ever washes plates or glasses, and the dishwasher drolly says, "yeah, if I'm not on a break."
CeeBee says:
The golf bug. No creature alive carries more fever. Congrats.
jfurr says:
Thanks y'all, I just wanted to to give a little back story to who I am as i have started becoming more involved on the site. I enjoy the oob website and community very much. @banker85 - glad you got the reference ;)
Duke of Hazards says:
So wait, what was the deal with the cheese crackers? Oh well, a tale for another day. Congrats on GOW.
KeithH says:
Congratulations on GOW jfrr. Like Banker85 I also laughed at the OS reference.
legitimatebeef says:
A real golf nut if there ever was one. Welcome to the club.

But what's this I hear about you having problems with your TPS reports?
mmontisano says:
i have 8 bosses Bob.
johnnydman says:
Cool beans! Thanks for letting us know a bit about yourself!
madmx99 says:
What the .....? JFurr, congrats!!!! I did notice there was no reference to your professional putt-putt skills...:) Keep hitting them straight!
Jegoro02 says:
Congratulations JFurr!
hollywoodtimb says:
I was always told that a hole in one doesn't count unless someone sees it... :)
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