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Kevin Lazor a.k.a. lazorbeam
What would you do if you hit a hole in one and nobody was around to witness it? Find out what this week's GoW did when it happened to him. Enjoy!
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I am 32 years old and I am a network security consultant at a large insurance and financial company.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I was fairly young when I started playing, maybe 10 or so, but was never good enough to do much with the sport. When I was in high school, I had some buddies that were volunteering at a local course and they told me to come up there and start. It got me free range and eventually my first set of clubs and bag. I never made the high school or collegiate golf teams, but once I graduated I really got into it. I am currently sporting a USGA handicap of 6.0, but OOB has me at 4.9. I really wish I had someone to push me towards golf when I was younger. I am completely immersed in the sport now and wish I could have made a career out of it.
How often do you play?
During the height of the season, I have been known to play 5-6 times a week. This year was a little bit of a slow one for me. I was only able to play about 1,700 holes, where last year I played 1,863 holes.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I am one of those guys that can only answer this with one shot. I do have a hole-in-one. It was at Oakhurst Country Club, on number 9. October 30, 2009, I had plans to go see a hockey game that evening. It was fairly windy but sunny afternoon, so I decided to go play a quick 9 holes so I could get home in time to go to dinner before the game. I get up to the 9th hole to find the tee boxes moved up because they are resurfacing the tee I normally play. The forward tee is still about 140 yards so I pulled out my PW. I hit a little fade just long and left of the hole. It hit and spun back right into the hole. Fantastic! right? Well, now I have a problem, I am playing alone so I don’t have a witness. I decide to hop in the cart and drive to the club house to get someone from the group in front of me. We drive back to the hole so he can witness my ball being in the hole. He can see my ball mark and then sees the ball in the hole. While I didn’t have a witness actually see it go in the hole, I know that it went in. At that point I had to make the round official, so I had to race around the back nine, I think I played the back in an hour and still ended up shooting a 76 that day.
What is your best golf memory?
I have done some different things with golf. I have played a lot of different courses but I think my best memory would be the day that I was playing a free round at the Ohio State Scarlet course. As we start getting our stuff in the cart getting really to head to the range to warm up, one of the rangers comes up to me and says that there is going to be some space between us and the group in front of us, it turns out that it was 3 tee times. It was strongly recommended that we don’t try to close the gap because Jack Nicklaus was playing in that group. He was there to check out how the changes he made to the course a few years prior were coming along and make sure it was ready for the upcoming Nationwide Tour event. As we were teeing off on number 4 we see his group approaching the 6 green, a long par 5. He was about 100-120 yards out and knocks it to a few feet then proceeds to make that putt. He’s still got it.
What is your "home" course?
I am a member at the Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard, Ohio, just outside of Columbus.
What ball do you play?
My favorite ball is the TaylorMade TP Red. I really like the way it feels and acts on the greens, they are not too spinny but you can still bring it back a little. My own testing shows that I can hit these about 5-7 yards further that a Pro V1. Since TaylorMade stopped making these my natural progression is to the TaylorMade Pentas. I like them but not nearly as much as the TP Red. I was at Wally World the other day and saw a few boxes of TP Reds in a newly designed box so maybe they are listening to all the people that love that ball and are bringing it back.
Drivers: Adams Golf Speedline Fast 11
Fairway Woods: Tour Edge Exotics XCG-5
Hybrids: Ping i15
Irons: TaylorMade R9 TP
Wedges: Cleveland CG15 Black Pearl
Wedges: Eidolon V-Sole
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Tour Chrome 2009
Putters: Ping G5I Craz-E
I really like Luke Donald. I like the way the he plays and his demeanor. I started following him a few years back and am glad to see him be the world #1.
Favorite course you've played?
I have played a lot of course in the last few years, and more than 100 different ones in my life time. But I think my favorite one would have to be either the OSU Scarlet Course, or the Longaberger Golf Club, yes the basket people know how to make a golf course. I played in a scramble at OSU Scarlet the day after the Pros played the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational It was still set up with the Sunday pins and we played from the pro tees. It was fun to watch the final round the night before then go out and play the same course setup.
Dream course you've yet to play?
I think everyone answers this with Augusta National, but realistically, I want to make a trip to Scotland and play the Old Course. I also think it would be a fun trip to go play all the courses and Bandon Dunes.
Best round ever- and what course?
I have two rounds that I would consider to be my best. One was at the Franklin Country Amateur a few years ago at a local course called Thorn Apple. I had played there before in a tournament, but I never really did that well. On that day, something just felt right that first day. Every bounce went my way. I was knocking it stiff and making putts. I ended up breaking par for the first time ever, with a 70. The other would be a few months later at Eagle Sticks. I didn’t finish the round the way I started, but was 4 under after the front 9. I had 4 birdies 2 bogies and an eagle. Shot a 31 on the front, and 39 on the back for an even par 70.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
My putting, I am a pretty good ball striker but once I get on that green I clam up. I am actually a decent long putter, but get me within 10 feet and I struggle to close the deal. I have plenty of rounds where I’ll shoot 76 or 78 but have 33 or 35 putts. It is all mental, I think, I go through my routine and then just forget what I am going, I loose focus. I get so stuck on making the putt that I forget to put it in the hole. Not sure how to fix that.
Tell me a story.
As a continuation from my best round ever. The one shot I remember well from that first day was on #6, our 15th hole that day. I have to lay up because of a small lake in front of the green I duffed my 3W into the rough left, I usually have a GW or SW into this hole over the lake but after my stellar 3W I had about 200yds in, I hit a perfect 4i to about 5 ft and made the putt.
At the end of the first day, I had a 6 shot lead over the rest of the field. It is a very different feeling to have the lead in a tourney let alone a 6 shot lead over the field. Usually on the second day I am trying to go low so I can maybe catch the leader. But on this day, I was trying to not blow my lead. I was playing with my 3 closest competitors, so you know exactly how you are doing. To start the second day, my closest competitor goes birdie par birdie and I went par, bogey, par, and now my 6 shot lead is 3. I start to freak out a little. He wasn’t able to keep up that pace and ended up shooting in the low 80s. As we were walking down the last hole, I was pretty sure that I had won the tourney unless someone that wasn’t in my group went real low. I am talking to the guy who went on the tear to start. I told him that I was freaking out after the third hole because of the way he was playing, he says to me “I knew I wouldn’t keep it going.” It would have been really nice if he would have told me that 12 holes prior. I had been keeping my eye on him all day when it turns out that he wasn’t the threat I should have been watching. Another guy in our group was playing a pretty good round he ended up shooting a 74 that day. I managed to cobble together a 77 to maintain a 4 stroke lead and win the tournament.
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I am jealous. 94 rounds this year that is awesome! one of the best GOW in a while!
Congratulations on achieving every golfer's dream, oob GoW!
1,700 - 1,900 holes is impressive for someone who works fulltime.
Thanks guys, It's really exciting to be the GoW. I have an awesome wife and an awesome job that both let me play golf all the time.
I always wondered what i would do if i hit a hole in one since i play alot by myself. So they didnt dispute or doubt you at all when you drove up to the club house?
I was a member of that club at that time and I kinda knew the guys. I had been behind them all round. In hind sight it might have been better to get one of the pros but I was kinda scrambling for a witness.
I've actually thought about that very situation as I play solo quite a bit. I was thinking I would just stay put on the tee box and wait for the next group to come along... if I thought there was going to be another group.
I too had a lucky ace while solo (the only good swing that day...), the twosome on the next tee box didn't see it either. Got ribbed a bit from co-workers about that.
also, Cool write-up, Kevin. Hit em straight!
Your game looks alot like mine. Also have a job and life that allows me to play alot. I also get alot of time on the practice green(I find it relaxing). I've had the same problem putting. I started thinking about rolling the ball on the line I wanted instead of the hole. I shortened my routine little bit also. I started making alot more putts. Just an idea. Best of luck with life & your golf game.
As a friend of the GOW.. I must say he is truly a great golfer as well as friend. He has helped me in my game so much so that i have been able to drop my HC. I can say first hand since I have played Golf with him on numerous occasions that he is a great ball striker and his putting is good as well. When we play my goal is to beat or tie him... That has not happened...... YET!!! Congrats Kevin. Talk to you soon!
Congrats on GoW! As a columbus area golfer, anytime I play a good round I check the leaderboard for that course to see how I stack up and your name is almost always on top. I can only hope that someday I can play as much as you do, or at the very least, score as well as you do.
joe jones says:
I have had 4 aces but the first one I was playing alone. I went home and told my non playing wife and she had a plaque made stating " please grant me one legitimate hole in one before I die". One year later, to the day I got my second witnessed by 3 Baptist ministers. I guess God was watching.
Congrats on the ace and GoW !! Great story.
I had two aces in my 40+ years of golf; the second one playing alone. Fortunately, I was trailing a threesome who decided to let me play thru on a 190 yd par three. So they were surrounding the green as I made the lucky swing.
As they made comments of congratulations, I thanked them dearly for letting me play thru also adding that I planned it that way so it didn't hold up their play. LOL.
My plan, should I ever have an ace, with no witnesses, would be to tell my wife, uncle, and my sons, and then hope that my round was not any type of record breaker, where someone would look at it, notice the ace, and then claim I made it up :) I'm not striking the ball well enough right now to worry about it though :)
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