Interview With Curt Rohe Executive Director Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Curt Rohe, the Executive Director at Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association. 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 got my start in golf as a caddie at Boone Valley Golf Club outside St. Louis, then working 6 summer at Boone caddying, outside services and including 3 summers on the grounds crew. After my first year at St. Louis University I answered an ad in the paper for an internship with the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association and became the PJ Boatwright Intern for the 1999-2000 seasons. After college I went to work as Assistant Manager at Franklin County Country Club in Washington, MO. In October 2001, returned full-time to MAGA and was named the Executive Director in 2008.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
Honest story, I started playing golf in back cow pasture of my younger brothers best friend. They had a small farm and in the summer would cut 9 circles in the pasture and put flagsticks in them. They had a couple Harley Davidson 3-wheel golf carts and we would go back there and knock the ball around.
What is your current home course?
The Country Club of St. Albans
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Just getting to tell people I do this for a living! So many people ask what I do in the off-season when we do not have tournaments. When I say this is my full-time job they are sort of in awe.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Slow play, either when I am playing or when conducting a championship.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver, that is my most consistent club when playing...and I do not play often.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Pine Valley Golf Club. I have had the opportunity to go three times and the experience is unlike any other.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
St. Andrews Golf Club, the home of golf.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Pine Valley Golf Club
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
That it would be less expensive, especially for those getting started. I think the cost of buying new clubs, maybe taking lessons and playing at some clubs is a bit overwhelming to beginners.
Dream foursome (living)?
Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Stan Musial
Favorite 19th hole drink?
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Hole in One
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?
Being in sand
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?
Play for fun
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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