Well hello there, readers! I hope you are enjoying the last threads of summer (unless you live in California like me, where it is always summer!) by playing ample amounts of golf. Last week was a special one for Cleveland staffer, Michael Putnam when he recorded his first professional win in Utah on the Nationwide Tour. Michael gave us a few minutes and described what it was like to get that first win under his belt.



How old were you when you started playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was 8 years old in the Junior program at Fircrest Golf club in Tacoma, Wa. I was only allowed to play in the 4 holer’s until I could break 40, but that happened pretty quickly so then I think later that summer I moved up into the 5 holer’s group.

At what point did you think you could make a living playing professional golf?

I guess I started thinking about playing golf for a living after my sophomore year of college. I had played off and on the traveling team my freshman year, and then there was one round, in NCAA regionals at Washington National GC where I shot 64, which still is the course record…I then qualified for nationals as an individual and finished 12th. From that point on I knew that I wanted to at least try play professional golf.

You recently won on the Nationwide Tour, describe that feeling?

You know I guess the feeling I had was one of excitement, disbelief, overwhelming joy, and shock all in one. I had expected my professional career to go better than it had, and I had expected to win early and often, but that wasn’t the case. So for 4 and a half years I had played without winning and now I am really happy the day has come. Everyone has always told me it was just a matter of time, I’m just glad that my time has come!

Highlight of your golf career?

The highlight of my golf career has to be playing on the victorious 2005 Walker Cup Team. We had a great team with J.B. Holmes, Jeff Overton, Anthony Kim, Nick Thompson, Kyle Riefers , myself and a few others. That week was so special to be representing our country and to pull out a victory on the second to last match of the last day. Our team had a huge celebration at Chicago Golf Club, it was a tournament I will never forget!

What is currently in your bag?

Well, a Launcher Driver, Hibore 3 wood, Cleveland Irons and wedges. Also in my bag is 4 black sharpies, 1 red one (just in case I need to change the mojo of my markings on my ball) Some band-aids, a watch (so I can get to the tee on time) and 2 putting aids.

What made you make the switch to Srixon golf balls?

The switch to Srixon was really easy. The golf ball is as good if not better than the Pro-V which I had played for as long as I can remember. The Srixon ball has been great for me in all weather conditions and playing conditions. Its just an all around great ball and I think its proven that to everyone that has switched.

OK, now we are looking for the first thing that comes to mind…

Driver: Longer or Straighter?

Straighter, I hit it plenty far.

3 Irons or 3Hybrid?

3 Iron, I am only 27, I can’t hit the 3hy until I’m 35!

Rough or Bunker?

Bunker

Match play or stroke play?

Stroke play

Sports car or off road vehicle?

Sports car

Comedy or action movie?

Action movie

Night owl or early riser?

Night owl and late riser

Vacation in the mountains or at the beach?

In the mountains, I love to ski!

Football or futbol?

Football, go Seahawks!

If you were not a professional golfer, what would you be?

Probably a bum on the street begging for money! (laughs) Just kidding, I think I would want to go into real estate buying and selling properties.

How old were you when you started playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was 8 years old in the Junior program at Fircrest Golf club in Tacoma, Wa. I was only allowed to play in the 4 holer’s until I could break 40, but that happened pretty quickly so then I think later that summer I moved up into the 5 holer’s group.

At what point did you think you could make a living playing professional golf?

I guess I started thinking about playing golf for a living after my sophomore year of college. I had played off and on the traveling team my freshman year, and then there was one round, in NCAA regionals at Washington National GC where I shot 64, which still is the course record…I then qualified for nationals as an individual and finished 12th. From that point on I knew that I wanted to at least try play professional golf.

You recently won on the Nationwide Tour, describe that feeling?

You know I guess the feeling I had was one of excitement, disbelief, overwhelming joy, and shock all in one. I had expected my professional career to go better than it had, and I had expected to win early and often, but that wasn’t the case. So for 4 and a half years I had played without winning and now I am really happy the day has come. Everyone has always told me it was just a matter of time, I’m just glad that my time has come!

Highlight of your golf career?

The highlight of my golf career has to be playing on the victorious 2005 Walker Cup Team. We had a great team with J.B. Holmes, Jeff Overton, Anthony Kim, Nick Thompson, Kyle Riefers , myself and a few others. That week was so special to be representing our country and to pull out a victory on the second to last match of the last day. Our team had a huge celebration at Chicago Golf Club, it was a tournament I will never forget!

What is currently in your bag?

Well, a Launcher Driver, Hibore 3 wood, Cleveland Irons and wedges. Also in my bag is 4 black sharpies, 1 red one (just in case I need to change the mojo of my markings on my ball) Some band-aids, a watch (so I can get to the tee on time) and 2 putting aids.

What made you make the switch to Srixon golf balls?

The switch to Srixon was really easy. The golf ball is as good if not better than the Pro-V which I had played for as long as I can remember. The Srixon ball has been great for me in all weather conditions and playing conditions. Its just an all around great ball and I think its proven that to everyone that has switched.

OK, now we are looking for the first thing that comes to mind…

Driver: Longer or Straighter?

Straighter, I hit it plenty far.

3 Irons or 3Hybrid?

3 Iron, I am only 27, I can’t hit the 3hy until I’m 35!

Rough or Bunker?

Bunker

Match play or stroke play?

Stroke play

Sports car or off road vehicle?

Sports car

Comedy or action movie?

Action movie

Night owl or early riser?

Night owl and late riser

Vacation in the mountains or at the beach?

In the mountains, I love to ski!

Football or futbol?

Football, go Seahawks!

If you were not a professional golfer, what would you be?

Probably a bum on the street begging for money! (laughs) Just kidding, I think I would want to go into real estate buying and selling properties.

Categories: Nationwide, TOUR

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  1. Dwijayanti says:

    hi. take the shoe . right shoe . the shoemaker puts a small piece of ptsilac . 3 inches long . 3/4 inch hi9gh. at the back of the shoe to the sarch. this causes legs to stay stable, forces right knee to stay stable , and foot connected to rthe ground . it does work. please stay away from shoemakers in a mall just go to a small shop. a very high number of medical staff have the same thing done to thier shoes. when you tell the shoemaker what it is for. he will understand. it is a very simple illegal adjustment . the shoemaker will have you wait . cost under ten bucks. go for a walk before playing with the brace. after two months you could have it removed . there were shoes built this way early 90s . they worked so usga banned them . ken venturi, ben hogan, sam snead and byron nelson to name a few used this method . good luck . sorry spelling eyes screrwed up from cancer hack saw surgery .

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