Mar
24
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

TourGolfBlog posed the question today: Do You Remember The First Time You Beat Your Dad..At Golf?

I actually do remember this occasion. I was around 12. My step-father and I were playing at Bellevue Muni (where I learned how to hustle golfers at an early age; thank you to all parties responsible). I can’t remember what I shot exactly, but it was a spectacular score for me at the time. It was the first time I broke 90. I vaguely recall the score of 84. It was a huge break-through for me.

Instead of feeling crushed and embarassed that his teeny-bopper daughter had annihilated him, my step-father couldn’t have been more giddy and proud of me. There was no turning back. Fourteen years later, I can count the times he beat me on one hand after that glorious day. ;)

Mar
23
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Fred Couples aces 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass in 2006.

This weekend while I was watching the PGATour’s Transitions Championship, NBC played the clip of Freddie Couples’ hole-in-one on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass from 1997.  I decided that posting a similar clip (I couldn’t find the one from ‘97) was a fitting way to start off this blog.

Freddie grew up in Seattle, WA and played frequently at Jefferson Park GC, where I actually took my first golf lessons circa 1993. I remember walking through the club house and my step-father showed me the plaque in honor of Couples. I had just been introduced to golf and even at this young age, it struck a chord with me. I felt drawn to the game, like I was a bit closer to Couples, one of golf’s great players. He instantly became my first professional golf hero.

The pro I took lessons from had been teaching at Jefferson since the days when Couples was just a kid playing the course. I loved the stories he told me. I felt inspired to learn golf and hopefully, one day, play the game as well as he did (obviously that didn’t happen). And, from there on out, my love affair with golf began.