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Beth Orsay a.k.a. etorsay
Beth Orsay runs her own website and plays golf weekly inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Running a website must equal the good life- she has time to play 3 times a week. Maybe I need to talk to her for some tips.

How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 44 years old. I'm a computer engineer turned webmistress. I quit my full-time job at Cummins Engine about 6 years ago to run my vital records web site full time ( http://www.vitalrec.com). I have a 3 year old daughter Nicolette. I'm fortunate that my husband Mark is a stay-at-home dad who doesn't play golf yet. He takes care of my daughter while I golf. I bought my daughter a set of golf clubs for her birthday and am hoping to get her out of the golf course next summer when she'll be 4.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I've started playing golf about 8 years ago by taking a 6-week group lesson with some friends. Up until last summer, I only played once a week in a 9-hole league. Last summer I started playing in an 18-hole league also. I was a 40 handicap at the beginning of last summer. In September 2007, my handicap was 32. As of June 30th, my handicap is 21.9. I credit this improvement to my Guaranteed Golf lessons last fall and playing several times per week.

How often do you play?
I play at least 3 times a week in two 18-hole leagues and one 9-hole match-play league. I also play once a month in the Brickyard GC 18-hole ladies league.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
In my 18-hole ladies league at Winding River GC, there is one green on a par-4 hole (#14) which is very hard to putt because of its big slope. Our league gives ladies an automatic two putt on this one hole because of its difficult green. You must hit one putt and stay on the green, then you can pick up and take a 2-putt. Two week ago, I hit on the green in 2 so I was really excited that I would get a par. My ball was about 25 feet to the side of the hole about 10 feet below the hole. I figured I had nothing to loose by going for the hole since I automatically get 2 putts. I hit the putt about 6 feet above the hole and it made a huge arc and came down and plopped in the center of the hole for a birdie. The best part about it was I had a big audience of 5 other ladies watching me make this great putt. I was playing in a group of six because it had rained hard earlier that day and all the other ladies quit playing to wait out the rain. The rest of us who weren't afraid of getting wet decided to play together.

What is your best golf memory?
One of my best memories was a few years back when I was playing in a scramble. I was the "D" player on the team because of my 40 handicap at the time, so I didn't think I'd be able to contribute much to the team. On one hole I chipped the ball in the hole from about 5 feet off the green, about 25 feet from the hole. This was my first chip-in ever. That same day I won closest to the pin on the par 3 when I hit the ball less than 3 feet from the hole. Our team ended up winning 1st place in the scramble.

What is your "home" course?
The course that I have my GHIN is Valle Vista Golf Club in Greenwood, IN. I really only play that course once a week in a 9-hole league. The other courses I play 18 holes weekly are Smock Golf Course and Winding River Golf Course, both in Indianapolis.

What ball do you play?
A few weeks ago I started playing with the Nike Juice ball because of a recommendation at the golf store.

Clubs?
My driver is a men's Big Bertha Callaway, 10 degree. About a month ago I bought some new men's Cobra Speed LD woods (3, 5 & 7) which I love! My iron set is the Adams Idea a2 OS hybrid set. I especially love the 5 and 6 hybrids. My putter is an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball putter. I also have a Bag-Boy Revolver golf bag which spins around in the bag and makes the clubs easy to access.

Favorite pro?
Tiger Woods and Lorena Ochoa. Tiger is fun to watch when he is on fire. When he is not on his game, it makes me feel better that he makes some of the same mistakes I do. Same goes for Lorena.

Favorite course you've played?
I just played a new course a few weeks ago that I really enjoyed. It was called Pipestone GC in Miamisburg, Ohio just outside of Dayton. It was very hilly, with a lot of blind shots. The views were beautiful. The fairways were rolling and greens were undulating. Several people warned us about hole number 2, which is a par 5 with water along the left side. What makes the hole so difficult is the fairway slopes heavily towards the water so if you hit in the wrong spot, the ball will roll into the water. I was very excited to get a bogie on this hole my first time playing it. I got also got a birdie on a par 3 by sinking a 7 foot putt. The course was challenging and I really enjoyed it. I would love to go back and play it again.

Dream course you've yet to play?
I really just started branching out and playing unfamiliar courses this year. Before this year, I didn't feel like I was good enough a golfer to play other courses, especially the more expensive ones. Now that I'm getting better, I would like to go back to Kiawah Island, South Carolina and play some of their courses. My family usually travels there every summer for vacation, but didn't go this year.

Best round ever- and what course?
My best 18-hole round was an 87 at Smock Golf Course in Greenwood, IN. I had 5 pars, 11 bogies, 2 double-bogies and only one 3-putt. That was the first time I broke 90. The next week I shot an 88 at the same course with 8 pars, 6 bogies, 3 doubles. If I hadn't gotten a 9 on the par-5 first hole and not had 4 3-putts, it would have have an excellent round!

My best 9-hole round was a 43 with only 12 putts on Valle Vista's back nine last month. I made 2 birdies by making two over 10 foot putts. It was a great night.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My short game! Isn't that what everyone says? I just got a new gap wedge about a month ago and I'm still getting used to it. I end up hitting it short a lot of times and take an extra stroke to get to the green. I have also bladed it and gone over the green many times. I would like to get rid of that extra stroke to the green which would take about 6-10 strokes off my score. I'm also directionally challenged with my short irons. I often hit about 15-20 feet from the hole even though I'm pin high. I would like to improve my aim.

Tell me a story.
We were getting ready to tee off on a hole where the sprinkler was on in the fairway ahead. I asked if I could call the pro-shop and get it turned off in case I hit into that area. This prompted one of the ladies I was with told me a true story about a sprinkler on the golf course. By the way, the lady who told the story ended up hitting into the sprinkler area and having to hit out of it while the sprinkler was going. She jokingly blamed me for talking about hitting there. Luckily, I hit past the sprinkler.

An older woman was getting ready to hit her shot in the fairway. All the sudden the sprinkler head that was between her legs turned on and soaked her thoroughly. She slowly stepped away from the ball and calmly said, "I have done a lot of things on the golf course, but that is the first time I've ever gotten a douche while playing golf."

Thanks!

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[ comments ]
klangdon says:
That is a pretty impressive development chart. 20 points shaved off handicap in less than a year!
7/27/07
 
volleyhart says:
After that story, I'm picking up next time I land on a sprinkler.
7/27/07
 
LexMacar says:
Freaking hillarious Good Post
7/28/07
 
falcon50driver says:
Sprinkler head story, I hit a pretty short drive at the Poipu Bay course on one of the par 5s. The yardage on the sprinkler head looked like 601. I thought, wow I really did hit short. I wiped grass off the sprinkler head and saw another word on the top. It said ALL YOU. What I thought was 601 really was the word, GOT...everybody wants to be a comedian,I guess sprinkler heads are no exception.
7/29/07
 
buffalogolfer says:
women still douche? Hmmmm...
9/9/07
 
etorsay says:
I shot my best game ever a few days ago... an 83! I started taking lessons from Penny Porter, an LPGA pro a few months ago and she has really improved my game. I now play at least 5 days per week, sometimes 27 holes in one day. I love to golf!
6/29/08
 
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