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Tom Goyne a.k.a. trgoyne
Our Golfer of the Week Tom Goyne knows time management. He runs his own blog, plays golf a couple times a week and still has time to be a doctor. Actually, that could explain the 40 minute wait when I'm perfectly on time... hmmm.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm a doctor of audiology (like an optometrist, but for your ears) and rapidly approaching 34.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
To be honest, I don't remember not playing. My USGA index is 5.9.
How often do you play?
At least one 18-hole round on the weekend and then one or two 9-hole rounds or practice sessions during the week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
The first thing that comes to mind is when I chipped in right in front of a clinic that had just been practicing that very shot. I bragged way too much about it here: Full Story
What is your best golf memory?
Probably when I won my native county's junior amateur championship. It was very gratifying because I set it as a goal early in the summer, practiced hard, and somehow when the smoke cleared, I came out on top. Another good one is when my father and I met in the match-play finals of our club championship (he beat me pretty good).
What is your "home" course?
Edgmont Country Club, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It borders a state park, very scenic with a clubhouse that dates to the 1700's. Par 70.
What ball do you play?
Same as everyone else, the Titleist ProV1.
Mizuno driver, Hogan Apex Plus irons, Vokey wedges, and whatever putter looks right behind the ball at the time.
I'm partial to Geoff Ogilvy. He gives a very good interview.
Favorite course you've played?
Coincidentally, Pine Needles, site of this week's US Women's Open.
Dream course you've yet to play?
I'd love to play Merion C.C., which is just a minute or two up the road.
Best round ever- and what course?
I grew up at a country club that was an old par 66 and in the semifinals of the club championship, I had about seven threes in a row, shot 66 and won the match.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Even though I'm not as straight as I probably should be with a driver, I'd like to get my chipping and putting a bit more tuned in.
Tell me a story.
I'm so obsessed with this game it's hard to narrow it down to just one, so I'll tell two. First, I had a great time a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open on Sunday with my father and brother, just a great experience and a wonderful day. The other story happened recently as well: I was playing with this older gentleman who is a great guy but swears like a sailor. He marks his ball with a "67", which was the number he wore to play football. One time, someone asked him if that was the lowest score he ever shot and his reply was a stream of profanities that ended in, "You just played with me for four @$%& holes, do you think I've ever shot a 67?!?"
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