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  • Fly With Me - Tomcat's Trek to the Grandaddy 2019

    One of the things that I've enjoyed about previous editions of the Grandaddy was that by the time the actual event arrives, I felt like I knew some of the members. That immediately helped me connect with the team, and in reality, I cared more about what they were experiencing. So, I'm still unsure how I ended up on this end of things, as I know it's never something that someone deserves or earns. My goal over the next four+ months is to have everyone better know who I am, so when December rolls around, there's not anyone wondering, "who's that?".

    As you can see in my signature, I'm Spencer. My handle "tomcat" is from my love of aviation (i.e. F-14 Tomcat), not my proclivity for being a ladies man. :) I work here in Dallas for Southwest Airlines. This is my third airline to work for and the culture here is so different from any other place I've been that it makes it so much more enjoyable. In case you're not familiar with Herb Kelleher's philosophy, he believed in the employee being at the top of the food chain, then customers, then shareholders. Treat the employee the best and they'll do the customer right, which in turn creates happy shareholders.

    I started playing golf after I was invited to play during a church retreat. One of the guys had an old beater set of knockoffs (Pumas....and not the one associated with another major OEM). It was a rough round, as you could imagine, but the course was fun and we had a really good time. Shortly thereafter, I won a one hour lesson during a charity event auction and ended up with five lessons which was a very helpful way to get started.

    During this time I was beginning a search for clubs that were younger than I was (at least it seemed they were that old), and found THP. I believe the first event I followed was a Wilson/Staff event then the C300s were released (I think). After seeing what they experienced, I began digging back through previous events and quickly realized that THP wasn't your normal, everyday forum.

    I was lucky enough to get into the second UST Shaft Spectacular and was given a new driver, new Recoils and cookie's donated Big Bertha irons. If I had any questions about THP before, they were long gone by now. The following year I stumbled into an entry of the Morgan Cup (due to someone that had to back out). That was astounding to see what can happen when someone has a vision and a partnering sponsor that just says "whatever you want". Then last year, was able to join schanker in the Sweep. What a fun time that was. One of those things that you'd never expect to do, much less ever expect a business to open themselves up to someone just coming in and taking as much as they could.

    Then this showed up.

    The Grandaddy has existed for my entire tenure on THP, so it's always been an event that has stood out (obviously). Every year has differed slightly with its own unique twist, and every year has somehow exceeded expectations. I'm sure this year will be no different. I'm sure every participant has felt like they didn't deserve their spot initially (no one "deserves" it), and I'm no different. I'm not a great golfer, and will do my best to prepare, but my main goals include giving everything I have to include the forum, enjoy the time with my teammates, enjoy the time with the fine folks from Callaway, and have the time of my golfing life.

    Thanks for supporting Team THP this year, and I look forward to seeing how this one plays out.
    Spencer

    Proud to represent Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy
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    Driver: TBD
    FW: TBD
    Hybrids: TBD
    Irons:
    TBD
    Wedges: TBD
    Putter: TBD
    Bag:


    2016 THP/UST Shaft Spectacular
    2017 Morgan Cup - Team Hackers
    2018 THP Sweep participant
    2019 Grandaddy - Team THP

  • #2
    i love these threads! it will be fun to get to know you throughout the journey, but might be slightly more fun to get to know you in december ;)
    awesomeness
    perfection
    innovation
    excellence
    brilliance
    pioneering
    leading
    redefining

    Humbled, honored, and beaming with excitement to be the Captain (what, CAPTAIN???) of Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy with

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    • #3
      Awesome! Can't wait to follow along with everyone that is involved in the Grandaddy!

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      • #4
        Ive decided Im supporting the entire team but Tomcat...at least until I can actually fly southwest out of RDU!

        I kid of course!

        Love seeing these threads, and its great to get to know the team members better.
        In My 2018 #TheGrandaddy
        Alpha Convoy cart bag:
        Driver: Epic Flash
        FW: Epic Flash 3w
        Hybrids: Big Bertha 3/4/5 Recoil ZT9 F4
        Irons: Big Bertha 5-AW Recoil ZT9 F4
        Wedges: 2019 PM Grind 54 Recoil 95 F3
        Putter: Stroke Lab 2 Ball Fang OR Stroke Lab EXO 2 Ball
        Ball: ERC Soft

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        • #5
          Very well Spencer!!! Can't wait to tee it up with you.
          Driver Maybe something Flash?
          Fairways Some more awesome Flash?
          Irons I have no idea what might go in here!!!
          Wedges probably some MD goodness
          probably something that rolls awesome
          an awesone ball

          Humbled member of Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy with Callaway.

          2016 Cleveland Short Game Shootout
          "Forget the last hole played, you can't change the outcome. Move on."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dazeedmonds View Post
            I’ve decided I’m supporting the entire team but Tomcat...at least until I can actually fly southwest out of RDU!

            I kid of course!

            Love seeing these threads, and it’s great to get to know the team members better.
            Why aren't you able to fly out of RDU? (or did I miss the punchline?)
            Spencer

            Proud to represent Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy
            ------------------------------------------
            Driver: TBD
            FW: TBD
            Hybrids: TBD
            Irons:
            TBD
            Wedges: TBD
            Putter: TBD
            Bag:


            2016 THP/UST Shaft Spectacular
            2017 Morgan Cup - Team Hackers
            2018 THP Sweep participant
            2019 Grandaddy - Team THP

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tomcat View Post
              Why aren't you able to fly out of RDU? (or did I miss the punchline?)
              Never going where I need to go sadly. (It was mostly a joke though, I dont fly that often).
              In My 2018 #TheGrandaddy
              Alpha Convoy cart bag:
              Driver: Epic Flash
              FW: Epic Flash 3w
              Hybrids: Big Bertha 3/4/5 Recoil ZT9 F4
              Irons: Big Bertha 5-AW Recoil ZT9 F4
              Wedges: 2019 PM Grind 54 Recoil 95 F3
              Putter: Stroke Lab 2 Ball Fang OR Stroke Lab EXO 2 Ball
              Ball: ERC Soft

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              • #8
                Great intro! Cant wait to follow your journey.


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                WITB:
                Driver: TS3 8.5*(D-2) - Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 (.5" tipped) - TX
                Fairway: TS3 15* (D-2) - Tensei CK Pro Orange 70 (.5" tipped) - TX
                Utility: P790 2UDI - HZRDUS Black 85 - 6.5 flex
                Irons: King Forged Tour 4-PW - C-Taper - S+ flex
                Wedges: Vokey SM7 50/12F, 54/14F, 58/12D - Wedge flex
                Putter: Toulon Atlanta w/ Stroke Lab
                Ball: Chrome Soft / AVX
                Bag: Vessel Player 2.0 Stand Bag / Player 4 Plus Stand Bag / Ultralight Cart Bag

                Events:
                Alumnus - 2019 Ultimate Testing: Metal Woods Edition
                Alumnus - 2018 Morgan Cup sponsored by & - Team Hackers - Captain: Puttin4Bird

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                • #9
                  AJ calling you tom was classic.

                  Testing Project X Catalyst 100g 6.0 shafts - Thank you THP/PX Crew


                  Proud Supporter & Captain of Team So. Cal. in the 2017 THP Regional Rivalry - So. Cal vs Nor. Cal.


                  Participant 2016
                  Championship - TPC Las Vegas!
                  Proud Winner of the custom testor shaft used for 2017 THCE w/ Project X
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Alez367 View Post
                    AJ calling you tom was classic.
                    That's why I corrected him quickly.
                    Spencer

                    Proud to represent Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy
                    ------------------------------------------
                    Driver: TBD
                    FW: TBD
                    Hybrids: TBD
                    Irons:
                    TBD
                    Wedges: TBD
                    Putter: TBD
                    Bag:


                    2016 THP/UST Shaft Spectacular
                    2017 Morgan Cup - Team Hackers
                    2018 THP Sweep participant
                    2019 Grandaddy - Team THP

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                    • #11
                      Well done and insightful. Put in the time (doesnt have to be a ton) and your game can improve before December.

                      Remember Im here to help you with any questions as are the rest of the group and the forum. No question is a dumb question.

                      Now get ready to have some fun in December!
                      In My #TheGrandaddy 2.0 Team Redemption Bag

                      Epic Flash 10.5 | UST Elements Chrome F4
                      Epic Flash 3+ 15.5 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
                      Epic Flash 5W 17 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
                      Epic Flash Heavenwood 20 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
                      CF-19 Apex Smoke Combo 5-AW | TT Elevate Tour Black S
                      PM Grind 19 Tour Grey 54/14 | 58/12 | TT Elevate Tour Black S

                      Stroke Lab Las Vegas | Chrome Soft **

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                      • #12
                        Enjoyed the thread. Subscribed to this one for sure. Question for you Spencer, you work for southwest and have probably flown to some cool destinations. Where was the coolest place youve played golf?


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                        2019 Granddaddy Participant!
                        Proud Member of Team 99 Malort & 2017 Callaway Gauntlet Champs!


                        DRIVER:
                        G410 Plus 9* Fujikura Atmos Black TS 7X
                        3WOOD: TS2 13.5* (B2) PX Even Flow T1100 6.5 (Tipped 1")
                        3 HYBRID: Aeroburner 19* Accra FX-H300
                        4-PW IRONS: Z765 2* Flat KBS Tour X-Flex 130
                        WEDGES: Vokey SM7 Brushed Steel: 50F, 54F, and 60D with TT DG S400 Tour Issue
                        PUTTER: Mullen 2 Brushed Copper 34
                        BALL: ERC Soft

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zbeekner4 View Post
                          Enjoyed the thread. Subscribed to this one for sure. Question for you Spencer, you work for southwest and have probably flown to some cool destinations. Where was the coolest place you’ve played golf?


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                          Interestingly enough (or not), I've never flown anywhere to play golf (that will for sure change in December). Nearly all of my rounds are local. Two at wonderful courses in OK (from the Morgan Cup), so I'm looking forward to expanding that small list to the Hideaway.
                          Spencer

                          Proud to represent Team THP in the 2019 Grandaddy
                          ------------------------------------------
                          Driver: TBD
                          FW: TBD
                          Hybrids: TBD
                          Irons:
                          TBD
                          Wedges: TBD
                          Putter: TBD
                          Bag:


                          2016 THP/UST Shaft Spectacular
                          2017 Morgan Cup - Team Hackers
                          2018 THP Sweep participant
                          2019 Grandaddy - Team THP

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tomcat View Post
                            Interestingly enough (or not), I've never flown anywhere to play golf (that will for sure change in December). Nearly all of my rounds are local. Two at wonderful courses in OK (from the Morgan Cup), so I'm looking forward to expanding that small list to the Hideaway.
                            Where do you like to play in DFW area?

                            Currently only playing at Buffalo Creek since it's local to me. Have also played at Waterview in Rowlett, Mesquite and also Tennison in Dallas. Getting my game better and then to try some more courses.

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                            • #15
                              Cant wait to see what the next 5 months are like for you.


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                              TS3 Tensei AV Blue 65 S
                              TS3 3 Wood - Tensei AV Blue 75 S
                              R15 3h Black
                              TMB 716 C-Taper 120 S+
                              SM7 48,54,58 $-Taper 125 S
                              Milled Collection #5 SS Flatso 50g counterweight
                              Players 4 Plus Stand Bag

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