Interview With Ryan Weir Assistant Golf Professional Silver Spring Golf Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Ryan Weir, the Assistant Golf Professional at Silver Spring Golf Club. 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 began golfing as a hobby at the age of 8. In my teen years I began to explore it more and more, and played high school golf for four years at Cudahy. After graduation, I started to notice a great deal of improvement, and in 2007 took a job as an Assistant Golf Professional. I moved to Naples, Florida in October of 2007 and remained down there for 3 1/2 years until I came back to Wisconsin. I am currenly a Level 2 Apprentice in the PGA's Professional Golf Management program.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
My dad put a golf club in my hands at a young age and showed me the basics, after that my learning came from watching the PGA Touring Pros on television, and mimicking their movements.
What is your current home course?
Silver Spring Golf Club is my home course, because I work here. However, growing up my home course was Oakwood Park Golf Course, the longest public course in Milwaukee County.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Passing my Playing Ability Test for my PGA certification program. I woke up that morning with supreme confidence, and turned it into a 75 and 73, and passed my test by seven shots.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
When people do not play ready golf. I would like to see more golfers focused on their upcoming shot, rather than watching everyone in their group hit a shot, then decide what they want to do. If every golfer was able to go to their ball and select a club and then glance at what their playing partners are doing it would make for much quicker rounds of golf.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver. I feel that I need to be in a good spot off the tee to be able to put a good round together. I have supreme confidence in it, and when its on, I find my scores are much lower than when I spray it.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Naples, Florida. I lived and worked there for three years. Every block you travel you see another golf property. You could spend a month there and not play the same course twice.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Whistling Straits - Straits course.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Augusta National. I have heard that television does not to it justice. The natural beauty of Augusta rivals anything else in the game of golf.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I wouldn't change anything about it. It is a perfect being the way it is. It is the toughest game to play, and only requires about a 12 inch course to play on, and that is the space between your ears.
Dream foursome (living)?
Aaron Rodgers, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Alice Cooper
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Payne Stewart, Tiger Woods, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Hogan
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt? Sinking Long Putt - Drive for show, putt for DOUGH!
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of Life
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight? Crack of Dawn
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long Par 5
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and Run
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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About: 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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