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who has actually played with a legit scratch golfer/pro level player?

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#151 JonnyKrasnodar


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Posted 06 October 2018 - 06:19 PM

Had the pleasure of having an ex European Tour player in the group today. It was one of those where as we were introduced in the tee I thought I recognised them, name was familiar but a bit before my time. Didn't think anything more of it as the front nine was unremarkable, one over. Drives were effortlessly straight, sneaky long. Greens hit, putts burning the edges but all the scratch/plus players at my club do that.

The back nine however was the easiest 29 I have ever seen. It clicked it was him on the 11th when short sided on 187 yard par 3, he played a flop shot that went into orbit, carried the bunker and landed in the three paces between flag and edge of the green.

Played with numerous ex/current pros, albeit not for a while and I had forgotten just how casual it is for them. Thinking about the other times the thing that stands out most for me is just how unremarkable the rounds are. I don't mean that in a cheeky way but there was absolutely no dramas, no trouble, no bad shots and there were no reactions to going four straight birdies. Calmness. It is and was a pleasure to watch in person.

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:10 PM

Yes, top am in MO played with us today and humbled us...I shot 73 he shot 65 with a double on 13....he still shot 30 on the back
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 12:17 AM

Played one hole with Sir Nick Faldo. Par 3 - the three of us 5 hcps knocked in par 3s, he jammed in an 8 footer for birdie.

An old junior friend of mine made it to the Walker cup in the late 90s. Played off a UK +6.

Invited a 2 hcp colleague to play a dirt track course in Malaysia - he dropped a 67 with 2 bogeys without breaking a sweat. Best round I've seen when playing with them.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:17 PM

I played with a professional golfer a couple of times who played on the Nike Tour/Buy.com as well as some mini tours back in the late 90s.  His name is Justin Otto.  I remember playing Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Brighton, CO. He was a pretty good player.  I don't remember score but he was in the upper 60s and I shot lower 70s.  One thing I remember is home #14.  A driveable par 4 at 320 yards.  He was green high and I drove my ball just through the green.  I worked for my lower 70s score while Justin seemed to be in auto pilot.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:57 AM

Weekly rounds with a +3 and +1

They hit it far and always in play. But when itís not in play itís the short game that amazes me. Can literally get up and down from anywhere.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:37 AM

Get to play occasionally with a former LPGA pro, still plays a few tournaments a year. We went to Valhalla last year. Played the men's tees. She shot 72 with a double and 5 birdies her first time seeing the course. The double was the result of a bad yardage by the caddy. Boring how straight she hits it and because she hits every hard fairway, she gets 30 yards of roll. Had birdie putts on almost every hole and burned the lip 3 or 4 more times. Like others have said, shooting par for her was so effortless and it was amazing to realize how good the round could have been if a few more putts had fell. She plays fast and is fun to play with too, so that is nice! Never analyzes you during the round, but post round, she had taken a swing video and gave each of us 1 tip to work on.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:43 AM

View PostBingo1976, on 08 October 2018 - 12:17 AM, said:

An old junior friend of mine made it to the Walker cup in the late 90s. Played off a UK +6.
UK +6 is egregiously good for someone who still maintains a handicap. Like amongst the very top amateur golfers in the UK good.


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 09:04 PM

Played in several pro-ams over the years - Craig Stadler, John Cook (twice), and Joey Sindelar.

All were great fun, and great experience to play with.
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Posted 13 October 2018 - 09:30 PM

View PostGMR, on 11 October 2018 - 08:43 AM, said:

View PostBingo1976, on 08 October 2018 - 12:17 AM, said:

An old junior friend of mine made it to the Walker cup in the late 90s. Played off a UK +6.
UK +6 is egregiously good for someone who still maintains a handicap. Like amongst the very top amateur golfers in the UK good.

Well ... They did make it to the Walker Cup.
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