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Tim Hadaway a.k.a. mossgaboss
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 53 and I am a Trouble Supervisor for a major electrical utility in the Southeast. My department is the first responder to broken poles, trees down, bad transformers, etc.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
My youngest brother got me into this game about 26 years ago. I was a pretty serious tennis player. I could only hit worm burners because I couldn't keep my feet still. I played TERRIBLE golf for 24 years; then took some lessons and got a little better. My current GHIN is 12.2, my oob is a little better because I put in every round in oob to handicap a trip that my brothers, a bunch of friends, and I take every year.
How often do you play?
I try to play twice a week ... sometimes more, sometimes less. It seems like I am always looking forward to a tournament somewhere. Especially at the end of September when my brothers and I take a group of 16-20 to Myrtle Beach for our "Hadaway Open". That is how we found oobgolf. Our group is called "oobie brothers".
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
Wednesday, July 31 of this year I aced a 159-yard par-3. I was playing in a Canongate League Match. My opponent had never played the course so I explained to him the ideal spot to hit the green on this particular hole. The hole is slightly downhill with a trap in front and a lake guards the left and back. There is a crest in the green that keeps shots from getting close if you hit on the wrong side. I told him, "Split the trap right down the middle with the right distance and you will be good." I hit my 7-iron flush ... didn't even feel the club hit the ball. It was headed right to the center of the trap with what looked like good distance. I thought it would be good. My opponent and the grounds worker that was standing behind the tee box got kind of excited and said I had knocked it in the hole. I thought the ball had disappeared behind the pin so I held off on any celebrations. We got to the green and sure enough my ball was not in sight. I walked to the hole and there it was ... I had my celebration then ... big fist pump and a woo hoo and on to the next hole only to be met by a monsoon. Triple bogeyed that one, but oh well. I got to enjoy the ace.
What is your best golf memory?
I have two great golf memories. The first is my son won the first "Hadaway Open" that he competed in. That is the golf trip I was referring to. We had been going to San Destin, but last year changed to Myrtle Beach. He played to his handicap, and maybe a touch better and came out on top. We had a great time and it was great for him. The other was with my youngest brother. We played in one of his company tournaments. It was held in Miami at the "Blue Monster". Awesome experience, awesome golf course, and a great time. What made it so memorable was the night before the tournament we actually got to have dinner with Jack Hamm (former Pittsburg Steeler) and Phil Niekro (former Atlanta Brave). I am talking about a sit down, just five guys, having dinner and some interesting conversation.
What is your "home" course?
I am a member of Canongate. There are 12 courses within 10 miles of my house that are available to play with the Canongate membership. My home course is White Oak in Newnan but I rarely play there. I play most of my golf at Whitewater Creek. The greens there are like glass. It has really taught me to putt and chip better.
What ball do you play?
Pro V1 -- I can stop it, and even back it up sometimes; and now that I have had lessons I can actually control it.
Drivers: TaylorMade R11
Fairway Woods: Mizuno F-50
Hybrids: Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP-57
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Oil Can (2009)
Putters: Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 (2012)
Phil Mickelson -- class act, need I say more? Of course I like all of the Georgia and Georgia Tech boys -- Bubba, Freddie, and Kuch!!!!! And Dustin Johnson.
Favorite course you've played?
I have played the "Blue Monster", and TPC Sugarloaf, but I love the Legends Moorland course in Myrtle. It has a great variety of holes from grip and rip to, "I really need to think about this shot."
Dream course you've yet to play?
TPC Sawgrass -- I want to face the challenge of that # 17!!!!! What a hole!!!
Best round ever- and what course?
77 twice at Braelin, which is part of our club and Whitewater Creek, where I play most of my golf. Chipping and putting baby -- that's what it is all about. I was actually probably headed to my best round ever the other day. I turned at -2 and made par on 10 and 11 only to be met by a monsoon that was relentless and would not give up, so we did.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I would love to be able to hit my drive about 20 yards longer. I have a pretty high percentage of fairways lately, but I am a short knocker. I would love to be able to hit it about 270 instead of 250. I think that would save me 3 or 4 strokes a round.
Tell me a story.
I play in a regular Tuesday-Thursday group. My wife calls them my "Geritol Crowd". It is a bunch of retired guys that get out every Tuesday and Thursday and play for points. I am the baby of the crowd and I don't get to play many Thursdays (I still have to work), but I am pretty regular on Tuesdays. The golfers range from excellent to needs improvement, but we just go for points, and everybody has a target, so everybody has a chance to win each week. Just last Tuesday, the best golfer of the group, who is in my regular foursome, aced the 15th hole at Whitewater Creek. It was an excellent shot and we knew it would be good as soon as he hit it. It was his 11th ace. We don't keep stroke score, so I don't know what he shot, but it was low. He pulled a lot of points that day. The next day I had a Canongate League match. I made a hole in one, which is described in "great shot" section. On Thursday, the third member of our group made his second hole in one at Braelin, another course in our group at Canongate. I was not there to witness it, but he had plenty of witnesses, as he was playing in the Tuesday-Thursday group. What could the odds possibly be of three guys that play in the same group, individually making aces on three different holes on three consecutive days? That was a lot of fun and will be talked about in our group for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity to let me share my golf story.
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Congrats on GOW. Hope you'll join us in the forums for some fun discussions from time to time.
I've don't have an ace, never seen an ace live so your stories are amazing. Congrats on being GOW.
You were really good back when you played for the Golden State Warriors!
Congrats on GoW!
Duke of Hazards says:
Dude busts ankles with that killer crossover.
Run TMC baby!!!
Sorry Tim for the dumb in-joking. Welcome to the GOW club.
For some reason I'm getting the urge to post a Michael Bolton quote from Office Space.
Thanks for sharing, Tim. Have a good trip to the beach.
Golfsmith.....I have witnessed 7. Kinda crazy when you start thinking about it. Thanks to all for the comments and hit'em straight.
I have witnessed 5 HIO's but none were mine. Congrats.
I've seen 2. One was a worm burner that hit the crub on the cart path which shot it back onto the green in the hole,
The other was for back to back eagles. Drivable par 4, with a chip in from greenside bunker was the 1st hole.
beef that was Tim Hardaway not Hadaway that played for the Warriors
the russian says:
Tim, congrats on the ace. Nice write up. I'll see you at the Hardaway Open. LOL.
For years I have been confused with Tim Hardaway.....I don't see the resemblance, however; I would love to make his money!!!!!!! LOL.....then I could play a LOT more golf!!!
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