scratchswinger, on 30 August 2012 - 11:33 AM, said:
A few years ago I was playing as a single mid week at a local So Cal course. On the 14th hole I caught up to these two kids with Servite High School team bags. They asked if I would like to join them, I knew that they must be pretty good as Servite is one of the better golf programs in California. One of the kids was heads and shoulders above the other, bombing drives and striping his irons. I think he birdied 3 of the final 5 holes from the tips. We were chatting the entire time and I honestly had no clue who either were, except that one was really good. After the round I went in the Pro shop to post and I was talking to the gentleman working there. He told me that it was Patrick Cantlay and that he was one of the best AM's in the country. I Googled him that evening and the rest is history.
As good as a player Patrick is, I can say that he is truly a nicer person. He was well mannered, polite and very humble for the short time that I spent with him. He has been a player that I root for ever since.
I'm a huge Cantlay fan. Very impressed with his interviews after his course record in 2011, been following him since. Seems like he's got the makeup for a long, successful career.
BuckeyePaul01, on 30 August 2012 - 08:25 PM, said:
I can't say that I've ever been "wowed" by playing with good players. Maybe I've never played with anyone THAT good before?...Hahaha
The only time I've been "WOWED" was playing with a competitive long drive guy once during a random pairing. It was a late afternoon random round and we paired up on the first hile. His scoring wasn't impressive, but he sure hit the hell out of the ball!! He carried 2 drivers: 1 normal...1 with an extra long shaft. He admittedly said that he wasn't playing for score, or he wouldn't hit as many drivers. He said an event was coming up and that he was sick of beating balls on the range and wanted to get out on the course. Overall...hit hit it fairly straight. (except for a few really wild shots)
he said his clubhead speed was 140 and I believe him.
IE......straightaway 460yd par4: he bombed one inside the 100marker for a flip-wedge 2nd shot...LOL....he hit more than a few 360yds+. My average driver is 280yds and he hit 3-iron as far as my driver.
My favorite/most memorable part of that day:
We'd already played several holes and were thoroughly enjoying each others company and were deep in coversation and sharing golf stories as we waited for a green to clear. We were playing a short 380yd par4 and our balls were 10' from each other. I hit driver and he hit 3-iron off the tee...LOL I was impressed with his length and I was drilling him for stories and I was sharing some of my own. I mentioned that I had 10 career par4 deuces at the time. And wouldn't you know it.......I jarred a 100yd 56deg sand wedge right there on that spot, right after we were talking about par4 deuces!!!!! hahahaha.....it was surreal. The ball landed a few feet short......took 1 big hop beyond the cup....and zipped in the backdoor. #11 was in the books. (12 is my current count) That was a fun day.....
Sounds very similar to my experience. Funny how I considered myself long until this guy came around. Congrats on the eagle, only have one wedge holeout myself on a 5, but I'm still shooting low 80s in my 4th year.
the_matt5, on 30 August 2012 - 09:54 PM, said:
Carl Kalinka is probably the best I've ever played with. He's in his mid 50's or so and plays to about a +1. He hits it 240-260 down the middle hits his iron/hybrid on the green and makes the putt or lags it up. Most boring golfer to play with.
I caddy out at The Dunes Club in Michigan and Carl works in the clubhouse. The Dunes Club is only 9 holes, but it's been the best 9 hole course in the country for a while. It's in Golf Digest about once a year. It's owned by the same guy who owns Bandon Dunes. Basically what I'm saying is that it's a very tough course lol
One day Carl went out and played with our pro and shot, I believe it was, a 31. He hit all 9 greens in regulation and the 4 holes he didn't birdie he apparently had putts inside of 15 feet for birdie. He didn't go out and play the back nine because the amateur record is 68 and it's held by a member and since Carl only works in the clubhouse he didn't want to break it.
He's a standup, humble guy. You'll never hear him bragging about his golf game unless someone brings up something he has done.
Awesome story. I've heard of the Dunes club, probably in an issue of GD. Would have been awesome to witness that round.