1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?
Been playing golf since I was young but really started taking it seriously after high school when I was done with baseball and could focus more time on it. I still have a lot of work to do on my game but I normally shoot under 90.
2. What do you love about golf?
I’m very competitive whether it is with other people or myself. I love the game and love seeing and playing new courses.
3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?
This will be my longest answer. I’ve lurked here a while but finally decided to sign up and contribute in conversation as I spend time on sites like these for the sports teams I follow. I’ve always liked new golf courses and grab a logo ball at every one I play. Started collecting them as kind of a half assed hobby. On top of that, I play in a Ryder Cup style tourney with a bunch of high school friends and this last year I was put in charge of just researching new locations to play. I got obsessed. Spent countless hours looking at potential destinations, courses, pricing, things to do in the area, etc. Loved it so much I reached out to semi local golf trip planners to see if they needed help or had any job openings. I’m going to start doing a yearly trip now to hit a bunch of these spots throughout the upper Midwest and even further away if my wife ever leaves me or I can find more money somewhere.
4. Where are you from? What is your home course?
Originally from Minnesota and currently live in Fargo. The courses here aren’t very good so won’t attach myself to any of them. I had a membership at Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria, MN growing up and still have a lot of friends there. One is the head pro there, so I’d say that has to be the home course.
5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?
Like most in this Midwest section, the weather is the worst. 5 months to play isn’t enough. Also, Faro is in the Red River Valley which is one of the flattest areas in the Western Hemisphere. Golf courses are super flat and boring. It also means that its windy all the time making golfing a little more annoying.
6. What do you do for a living?
Do consulting work (managing 3rd party partners) for Microsoft.
7. How’d you pick your user name?
Remember the song “I’ll take you to the Candyshop” by 50 cent? When I was in college I used to ask girls if they wanted me to bring them to the Vandyshop (Vandy is my nickname)…yeah, it never worked.