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Daniel Guzman a.k.a. dguzman
Daniel Guzman plans to play St. Andrews when he can break 80... or when he turns 60- whichever comes first. His game isn't there yet, but he's starting to take the game more seriously. We hope he gets there!
How old are you and what's your occupation?
27 years old working as an engineer, but dreaming of becoming a golfer.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf in August 2005. I started practicing and figuring out how to improve in Jan 2007. Current oobgolf handicap is 22.4.
How often do you play?
I get out and play 1-2 times a week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
This was my first really great shot, with little or no luck involved. It happened around February/March 07' time frame after I realized that I was pretty consistent with my pitching wedge (PW). Anyway, it was a par 3, 125 yard hole. I pulled out my PW (125-135 yds for me) and hit that ball just as I knew I was capable of. The shot went blaring with that sweet buzz the ball makes (on a perfect shot) as it penetrates the surrounding air. About 3/4 of the way there I thought oh no, I hit it a little too hard. The ball landed about 5 feet past the pin and I though in that split second that it would just continue to roll right off the green. But what actually happened turned out to be, for me, the best feeling I have ever felt playing golf. As the ball hit the green, the backspin I managed to put on the shot brought the ball rolling right back to the pin about 5-8 inches from the hole. It wasn't a hole in one, but the confidence that shot gave me now allows me to rely on my PW in the clutch.
What is your best golf memory?
I was playing a round with some friends and I asked one of them (the one that has been playing golf since age 2), "what is the secret to playing this game". My friend said, "The secret is to take only 1 stroke to get from point A to point B for any given club selection, and not to take all these unnecessary strokes to get from point A to B like you squires' " (referring to me and the rest of our group). Our group started laughing hysterically as this was a comical comment and an inside joke, but the fact remains the same: Golf is a life long sport which will never be conquered, but to those who embrace the game, it will return a lifetime of happiness. My friend shot even par that day compared to my 120 something, but I learned that golf is more about enjoying yourself and having fun than a score that you turn in at the end of the round.
What is your "home" course?
Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego CA.
What ball do you play?
Beta Ti-Tech, Wal-Mart Special 36 for $15.99. A sure way to feel more confident off the tee. When your partners are asking "Wait... what kind a ball is that?" They are more interested in how you found that ball than how your tee shot looks.
Favorite course you've played?
Riverwalk Golf Club
Dream course you've yet to play?
The Old Course at St Andrews once I break 80 consistently or reach age 60 which ever comes first!
Best round ever- and what course?
93 - 18 hole championship course Van Buskirk Park Golf Course, Stockton, CA
41 - Best 9 hole score, Front 9 at Old River Golf Course, Tracy, CA
68 - Executive Golf Course Lomas Santa Fe, San Diego CA
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
I really want to improve on my GIR percentage.
Tell me a story.
I was playing a round with some of my friends (all great golfers) and I kept asking my partner for some help/tips or any insight on what I was doing wrong. He kept telling me that he was still evaluating me and that maybe after another beer he would be able to answer some questions for me. We finally made it to the 14th hole; my partner teed up and crushed one about 290 yards down the center of the fairway. It was now my turn, I set up to the ball and was ready to hit, when I heard some chuckling behind me. I turned and asked my friend what the problem was, he said "I figured out what you're doing wrong". I said really? What is it?! He said, "Well, you're teeing up on the wrong side of the ball, what is this left handed crap". I was so pissed, but laughing at the same time that I sliced my tee shot a good 90 yards left, over the trees, past the adjacent fairway, maybe two adjacent fairways and into the parking lot.
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