It's a Golf Chick's world: Golf Blogger Survivor champ has her say, Part I
Following her smashing victory over a field of boys in the first-ever Golf Blogger Survivor, Golf Chick and I did a little girl talk over e-mail. The end results were so good (and apparently spell-checked ;), I just decided to run our little Q&A verbatim, as part of her Survivor victory prize.
So, to do that, I will run this in two parts. In this part, Golf Chick chatted about how she started golfing (I wonder what happened to that “new relationship?") and what she does well, and not so well on the golf course.
Golf Chick Q&A Part I
Heather: When did you start golfing and why?
Golf Chick: I started golfing in August of 2004. I had been wanting to try it for some time. I heard people talking about it a lot and they all seemed to share a certain passion and I wanted to see what that was all about. It is also commonly discussed (and played) among colleagues and clients and I thought I should get involved in that. I was intimidated by not knowing the game, the process, or the etiquette and felt I needed an “insider” to coach me along. I was in a new relationship with a golfer, and I got him to take me to the range. The rest is history and can be read on my blog. :)
Heather: Before you were a golfer, what were your thoughts on the game?
Golf Chick: I remember attempting a few swings in mandatory golf days in gym class in high school. I was into softball and volleyball and didn’t give golf much of a try. I took a couple swings, couldn’t do it well and deemed it to be not a sport at all. “Real sports” came naturally to me. It was a game, an activity for old men in funny looking knickers and argyle socks, not for athletes and cool kids. After that I kind of developed a George Carlin type of attitude towards it - a waste of time and real estate. Sour grapes, I guess. But what I experienced wasn’t even close to golf. Not the kind I know now. I still don’t consider it a sport. Now I think of it as a discipline and a really fun way to spend a few hours, not to mention a serious addiction.
Heather: What do you do best on a golf course? What do you do worst?
Golf Chick: What I do best? I guess that depends on the day. Some days it’s driving accuracy. On rare days, it’s putting. I guess my most consistent part of the game is chipping from around the green. During competitive play my strength is focus. I have also developed a pretty good punch shot (probably from all the days my driving fails me).
What I do worst? Putting has to be the worst. No. In my recent slump it’s hitting greens in regulation. Even if I three-putt, if I could get on in regulation, I could still get a bogey. But when I emerge from my slump it will definitely be putting. I also should practice more out of the sand. The only experience I get with fairway and greenside bunkers is on the course, and then it’s too late to not know what I’m doing.
Part II coming soon!
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And when I was young, I only saw men playing golf on the Wide World of Sports. Even though the Bronx has a few nice golf courses I didn't start playing golf until 2000. Now I'm hooked!
Thanks for showing the love with this great victory prize! And again, thanks for hosting the fun game.
As for your question about that "new relationship," it's the one I'm still in today. We really enjoy playing golf together. I've bested him on our nine-hole course but not on a regulation 18 yet. Let's hope the relationship can withstand that eventuality! :)
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