The other week I was asked to participate in a “Know Your Pro” Question & Answer session with Aberdeen’s Evening Express. Thanks to Alan Brown, Sports Journalist at the Evening Express for the invite.
Q When and where were you born and raised?
A. Born in Sutton Coldfield, raised in Southampton & Aberdeen.
Q Where did you start playing golf as a youngster?
A. Stoneham Golf Club, Southampton
Q How old were you when you first broke par on an 18-hole course and where?
A. 14 years old at Crieff Golf Club.
Q When did you realise you wanted to pursue a career in golf?
A. My life & existence has always evolved around golf since I was a young kid of 3 years old.
Q Who were your favourite golfers when you were young and why?
A. Ernie Els – His swing and tempo are exquisite and he has a fabulous demeanour.
Tiger Woods – Best golfer of my generation, always exciting to watch on TV. His stats speak for themselves.
Seve Ballasteros – Every shot imaginable, he was a shot maker. Truly inspirational!
Q How long have you been a professional at your club?
A. 5 years this February, have loved every minute of it.
Q What is your favourite experience on a golf course and why?
A. Playing a beautiful course, on a sunny warm day wearing a t-shirt & shorts…relaxing!
Q What is the best golf course in Scotland and why?
A. Royal Dornoch – The layout of the course is second to none, the views are fantastic, course is always in perfect condition and if you play on a sunny, warm and calm day…bonus!
Q What is the best golf course you have played and why?
A. Played Kiawah Island in an International Junior Golf Tour event. One of the very few links type courses in America which we played off the back tees, 7350 yards. Was a joy to play not long after they hosted the 2003 World Cup.
Q What’s your favourite part of being a golf pro?
A. The positive look on a pupils face when they hit their desired shot during a lesson.
Q What’s your best tip for curing a slice?
A. Visit a PGA Professional, one generalised tip alone would not cure a slice.
Q Which three players or celebrities would make up your favourite four-ball and why?
A. Tiger Woods – World No.1.
Adam Scott – Arguably the best swing in Golf.
Ernie Els – Again great swing & demeanour.
Q What are your hobbies away from golf?
A. Spending time with the family, watching football on TV and travelling the World…always on the lookout for the perfect beach.
Q Who is your pick to win The Masters, Scottish Open and The Open next year and why?
A. Masters: Jason Day – He’s always there or there about at the majors, can see him making it two wins in two for the Australians at the Masters.
Scottish Open : Peter Uihlein – Knows Royal Aberdeen, I was impressed with his golf at this year’s Dunhill Links Championship. I think he has something to prove at Royal Aberdeen after his Walker Cup defeat.
The Open: Tiger Woods – has had an incredible season, I personally think he still has several majors left in him starting at next year’s open.
Q Why should an amateur hoping to improve their golf come to you?
A. One swing does not fit all. If you have a goal, let’s achieve it together.
Q What question have I missed that you would have liked asked? And answer it!
A. Where can we find you Graeme?
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