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Interview With Shaun Finley
Interview With Shaun Finley GM Watertown Country Club


Interview With Shaun Finley GM Watertown Country Club

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Shaun Finley, the General Manager at Head Golf Professional at Watertown Country Club

The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I started at 10 years old. My grandpa took my brother and I to his home course in Beaver Dam. I was hooked immediately.

What is your current home course?
Watertown Country Club, WI

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Off the course -- becoming a PGA Member. On the course -- passing my PAT on the first try. I played my last 12 holes of the day 4 under par to pass by 4. It really gave me a lot of confidence knowing that I could play under pressure.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?

What is your favorite golf destination?
I went to school in Myrtle Beach, SC for a year and spent two winters working in the Palm Springs, CA area. Both are amazing places and would go back to either anytime.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta National, St. Andrew's, or a golf trip to Ireland.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Having to play out of a divot from the fairway. To me, just doesn't seem right that you hit a great shot and get stuck having to play out of a divot.

Dream foursome (living)?
Jack Nicklaus
Phil Mickelson
My Grandpa

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Jack Nicklaus
Phil Mickelson
My Grandpa

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 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?
Whichever is closer.

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Depends on how bad I have to go!

7) Hot dog OR wrap?

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

9) Walking OR riding?

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Depends on the course.

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

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants. Especially plaid or colored. :)

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Dave Matthews.

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

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Depends on the situation.

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 holes.


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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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