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MGS New Member Introduction: New England Region

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

Welcome to the MyGolfSpy forums! We’re always glad to have new members contributing to the best golf discussions on the internet.  If you’ve already created an introduction thread, feel free to re-introduce yourself here!

If you haven’t yet done so, take a moment to check out the Moral Codes that shape how we treat each other here.

You’ll find that this community is very welcoming to newcomers so come on in, take off your shoes, and get comfortable. Tell us all about yourself. To help us get to know you, here are some questions you might answer in your new member post. Feel free to share some fun pictures of your golfing ventures as well!

  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

  2. What do you love about golf?

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

  6. What do you do for a living?

  7. How’d you pick your user name?

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I've been here a while but thought I'd jump in to get the conversation started and fill in the blanks for those that know me...

  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

    I've been playing regularly about 10 years now.  Around 30 rounds per year; prior to that I played but only about 10-12 times a year.

  2. What do you love about golf?

    Being out in nature.  The trees, flowers, birds, grass...everything about it.

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

    I came here searching for some 'best' something-or-other.  Found the site was like a "consumer reports for golf" (i.e. no BS, no sponsors, just the bare naked truth - whether it is a 500.00 driver or a 50 dollar one).  I asked a lot of questions and found some excellent advice from many fine people.
    I didn't know any other spies at the time but I've met some over the years and have played golf with a couple.  Great guys that I enjoy communicating with.

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?

    I live in Franklin MA; a suburb about 28 miles west of Boston.
    I don't have a 'home' course per se; I enjoy playing all over and have played in MA, CT, RI and NH.

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

    Best - great golf conditions during the spring/summer/fall; the courses are nice and green, tall trees, great wildlife.
    Worst - the winter season; have to shut it down for about 3-4 months each year....and the weekends; depending on where you go the courses can get really crowded.

  6. What do you do for a living?

    I work at Boston University in the Information Services department and I manage/develop/administer the data analytics reporting platform.

  7. How’d you pick your user name?

    It is from a movie I watched a long long time ago starring Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson.  For some reason I had a huge crush on Loni Anderson as a kid and Stroker was as cool as they come.

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  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

    I've been playing for about 30 years but really didn't take it too seriously until about 10 years ago.  I am enjoying my longest stretch ever as a single digit 9 handicap.  Main reason I've held the single digit handicap is I haven't played a legit round in about 3 months.
  2. What do you love about golf?

    For me it is the friendships made or grown, smack talking with said buddies and it is a really fun game for me to play.
  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

    I came here in 2008 when I wanted to play better.  Came across an article about Adams irons, bought them based on that article with great success.  Kept coming back to research what is new kind of things then decided to finally participate as best I could a couple of years ago.  I was fortunate enough to get to play with a couple of Spies in 2018 and hopefully can join them and others moving forward.
  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?

    I grew up in Kansas but now reside in Rhode Island about 15 minutes from Providence and the beach.  I joined Valley Country Club last year so I guess that makes it my home course for now.
  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

    Stroker nailed what is great and what isn't...the weather.  I am fortunate to travel for work and can usually get out a few times over the winter when away or even find a nice day or two in RI during the winter months to go out and play.
  6. What do you do for a living?

    I am the CEO for the Americas of a Swiss based company.  Dudes, we have 8 employees in North America so you won't catch me on CNBC breaking down the economy.  I consider myself more of a sales guy than what my title suggests.
  7. How’d you pick your user name?

    My older brothers preferred method of torture.
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OK I'll jump into these waters.

I've been playing "seriously" for around 6 years now, although I only get in maybe 20 rounds per year... and that's a GOOD year. My current handicap is 19... I think.

I love the fact that golf is just me against the course. I used to play a lot of roller & deck hockey and unless you had enough skaters, you really couldn't get a decent game going. But golf? I can stop by the local 9 hole course on my way home from work, meet someone on the first tee, and go have fun. I also love the fact that it's a fun time that I can have with my father and my son at the same time.

MGS's articles and info were always interesting to me and I enjoyed reading them, but the forums weren't really something I engaged with too much until about a year ago. I know a number of posters here from other forums who've made this their home for one reason or another, and when I finally signed up I really enjoyed the level of conversation here. It's almost always civil and the threads all have a point to them. MGS Rob had really encouraged me to get involved, knowing how much I liked interacting with other golfers online, and he was right about how quickly this forum grew on me. It's pretty much my only "spot" now.

I live in Dartmouth, MA and I haven't had a home course since Hawthorne CC closed 3 years ago. It's 2 minutes away from me and every time I drive by the padlocked and neglected gates I sigh. I play a lot at Touisset CC in Swansea, as well as Whaling City Golf Course (decent muni) and Allendale CC (where my son plays on their PGA Jr team).

There's a lot of fantastic courses in this area, I don't have to drive far at all to play a decently priced course that's good for my game. On the downside, almost all of those courses are frozen over or covered in snow for 3-4 months... the joys of New England.

I'm currently the marketing manager for a hardware/software company that makes environment monitoring products. It's a great job, I've been there almost 3 years and I'm still kicking myself for not having left my old job sooner!

My username has been my nickname since freshman year of high school. I've pretty much always used it as my screen name in one for or another since the mid-90's, which is both a good and bad thing I guess 😄

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  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I’ve been playing golf for about 20 years. The past two years is the most I’ve played since being a carefree teenager in the summer. I shoot mid to high eighties and have not had an official handicap for 10+ years 

  2. What do you love about golf?                        I love that golf is both a social and individual game to me. I am competing against myself and can spend some alone time practicing but can also play a round with some buddies and catch up and have some laughs.

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?                   I came here after Googling “how to determine your putting stroke”. I am also looking for a Boston area league to join as I am new to the city. I do not know any other spies.  

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?                                              I live in Boston, I grew up on the Northshore. I do not have a home course yet.                   

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?                         The best things about golf are some of the older, classicly designed courses with tight fairways and small greens. The worse is the golf season is short and every February I catch an incurable golf bug which is what drew me to this site!

  6.  What do you do for a living?                         I do data and analytics for a software company.

  7. How’d you pick your user name?             I go by Paddy and I’m living in a Boston, wicked simple, I just combined the two.

 
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Love how you guys set this up!!!!

 

  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

    Been playing since graduating college in 1982 (was bored, needed something to do for fun). Gave it up from 1990 to 2007 due to kids, really starting playing seriously again then.  Handicap is around 6, but I didn't post or play much last year due to work, so in reality the game is closer to a 10 or 11 right now. 

  2. What do you love about golf?

    It's never the same adventure twice, and you get to meet some pretty cool people. Prefer walking with a pushcart than riding, and I travel a lot for work so I will bring clubs with me from time to time and play in different parts of the country. 

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

    Been here since 2011 or so - was looking for club reviews and wound up here, and eventually becoming a staff writer for the blog.

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?

    Born/raised in Harvard, MA - lived in Leominster MA before moving to Minnesota for 22 years (I lost a bet). Moved back to New England last year, setting up shop in Exeter, NH.

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

    Lots of good courses to choose from throughout New England, especially a bunch of courses I learned to play on years ago - it's good to be home. Winter, however, sucks - but I'm used to that from my Minnesota exile. 

  6. What do you do for a living?

    Technical trainer for Taco Comfort Solutions in Cranston, Rhode Island. 

  7. How’d you pick your user name?

    Company I used to work for set up email addresses using your last name and first two letters of your first name. It kinda stuck. 

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