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Dan Reuter a.k.a. DFReuter415
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am a 63 year of retired teacher. I caddie at Oakmont Country Club in the summer, and I announce football games in the fall and basketball games in the winter for our local high school.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
My handicap is 9.4, and I started playing golf at age 7 in the back yard, at age 9 at par three courses and age 11 on regulation courses.

How often do you play?
Now that I am retired I try to play 2 to 3 times a week. But since I caddie, I am on the course about 6 days a week in the summer.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Probably my most lauded shot was my hole in one in July of 2006, 160 uphill shot with a Hogan Edge 5 iron, that went in the hole after a lucky bounce. I have a number of shots that were better swings, but none with better results. I also have eagles in each of the past six decades, including two last season with my Ping i3+ pitching wedge. I can't wait until 2020 to try and make it seven decades.

What is your best golf memory?
My best golf memory is watching my daughter, Kelly, as a sophomore in high school, play in the Western Pennsylvania team championships. She came to the 18th hole, playing one of her best rounds of the year, and was faced with a par three over a lake. We had played the hole two days earlier from the ladies tee, and after hitting a ball or two in the water, finally figured out which club to hit. Well, the tee was moved back to the men's tee and was 30 yards longer. I could see in her eyes that she wasn't quite sure which club to hit, so when she teed it up, she aimed out to the right of the green, where there was a large "bail-out" area. My guess was that she would lay up and try to get up and down for par. Unfortunately when she swung she pulled the ball to the left, but fortunately, a ball that is pulled often times goes longer than planned. Well, the ball landed on the green, and she two putted for par to break 90 for the first time in her life. (As a senior she would shoot 76 to win the section title.) Her high school team beat their arch-rivals by one stroke. A great day for daughter and dad.

What is your "home" course?
River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA

What ball do you play?
I generally play Titleist Pro V1, but I also like the comparable Bridgestone or Callaway balls.

Drivers: TaylorMade R11
Drivers: TaylorMade RocketBallz
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade V Steel
Hybrids: TaylorMade Rescue Mid TP
Irons: Ping i3+
Wedges: Ping Eye 2 BeCu
Wedges: Ping ISI BeCu
Putters: Ping B60ll, Odyssey White Hot XG #9, Ping Anser 2 (all putters 33")

Favorite pro?
My all time favorite is Arnold Palmer. Not only did Arnie have one of the top games in his era, but no one was better with the golfing public. The closest golfer today with Arnie's charisma and golfing ability is Phil Mickelson. My top ten all time: 1) Palmer; 2) Nicklaus; 3) Mickelson; 4) Trevino; 5) Snead; 6) Watson; 7) Miller; 8) Couples; 9) Player; and, 10) McIlroy.

Favorite course you've played?
Top three courses: 1) Oakmont Country Club; 2) Fox Chapel Golf Club (sight of the Senior Players Championship); 3) River Forest C.C. Just playing Oakmont and walking the same fairways as Hogan, Snead, Palmer Nicklaus, etc. is a feeling incomparable for a certified golf nut. Fox Chapel is a true championship course with a wide variety of holes, challenging greens, pristine conditions, and makes you use every club in the bag. Finally, River Forest, my home course, is known for their narrow fairways and putting on the small, fast greens, but, for me, is always a fun place to play.

Dream course you've yet to play?
There's no question it has to be Augusta National, just for the history.

Best round ever- and what course?
I've had a number of 74's and 75's , but my best round was a one over par, 73, at Fox Run Golf Course in Beaver Falls, PA. The sad part was that I stood on the 18th hole, a par 3 over water, hit my tee shot over the green, chipped to 5 feet, and left the par putt short :(

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
As I get older, I am losing distance off of the tee. So, I would like to regain the distance I had five years ago. I am also subject to periodic rounds where my putter gets a little unruly. I am now reading Zen Putting, so hopefully with a little work, I can be a Zen Master on the greens.

Tell me a story.
Once again, my story goes back to my daughter, Kelly, who also caddied at Oakmont when she was in high school. Caddies are allowed to golf at Oakmont after the Monday party is over, and Kelly and I would often play nine holes. Kelly was a high school champion golfer, but she had never beaten her dad. This particular Monday the first and tenth tees were backed up, so we decided to start on the 15th tee and play the back nine. I always made Kelly play the men's tee and the 15th is 440 yards long. I hit a good drive and had 180 left for my second shot. Kelly stepped up and hit a screamer with only 160 left to the pin. "I think today is the day," she told me as we left the tee. Well, it was an up and down battle and when we went to the 14th tee, our last hole in the match, and we were all even. I stepped up and hit a good drive, but just a little left of my target. Anyone who has ever played Oakmont knows that being just a little off usually means big trouble, and I was up against the front lip of a very deep fairway bunker. Kelly just smiled and ripped her drive in the middle of the fairway. I had no shot to the green so I laid up, only 10 yards past my daughter's drive. Well, to make a long, agonizing story shorter, she hit the green, two-putted for par and said, "Wait 'til the guys in the caddie yard hear about this!" Needless to say, I was the butt of jokes for losing to a girl, but a proud father, nonetheless.


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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
We don't get enough Dad/Daughter golf stories so thanks for sharing that with all of us. Sounds like caddying is a great second career, too.
guzzlingil says:
Congrats Dan!!!!
Banker85 says:
Great stories! I hope to build some memories like that in my future with my daughter!
aaronm04 says:
Congrats on GotW, Dan!
joe jones says:
As the old fart of oob I welcome someone with your obvious experience and back ground. With your experience as a looper you should be able to offer a different point of view about this great game. I had the opportunity to play Oakmont in the early 60s. They were the fastest greens I have ever seen and members told me they were even faster at times.Well deserved Golfer of the Week nomination.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Great story, Dan, and congrats on GOW.
bducharm says:
I, too had the opportunity to play Oakmont a few years ago. What an incredible golf course! I thought the coolest part was the 9th green doubling as the practice putting green!!! I shot 38 on the front 9 and finished with a 78!
ToddRobb says:
Congrats, welcome to the club.
biglou11 says:
Great stories. Hope you get your Eagle in the 2020's!
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Dan: Going to Vietnam and get Eagle again ...
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