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Interview With James Grogan PGA Head Golf Professional Whitnall Park Golf Course

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis


Below is an interview with James Grogan, the PGA Head Golf Professional at Whitnall Park Golf Course. The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.

Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
I was a 4 year varsity player in high school and fell in love with the game. I entered the golf business as an Assistant Professional with aspirations of graduating college and receiving my PGA membership. I've had the privilege of being an Assistant Silver Spring CC, North Shore CC, Merrill Hills CC, and most recently Chenequa CC before I obtained my most current position as the Head Professional at Whitnall Park.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started really playing golf my freshman year in high school when I was introduced to the golf team.

What is your current home course?
Whitnall Park Golf Course

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My proudest moment so far was the day I obtained my PGA Membership in November of 2009.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Not replacing divots or fixing ball marks on the green.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
The putter. Putting has always been a strength of mine so I'd call it my favorite.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Las Vegas, NV

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
St. Andrews

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Cascata in Las Vegas, NV

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I don't think I would change a thing.

Dream foursome (living)?
Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Same


18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Sinking Long Putt

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round Of My Life

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of Dawn

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power Fade

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage Cart

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Bushes

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot Dog

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Sand

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Hybrid

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long Par 5

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Nicklaus

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Play for money

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and Run

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 holes


 

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Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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