18 Holes 18 Questions: Gerard Murphy

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18 Holes! 18 QUESTIONS!

Name:  Gerard Murphy

The Willows Golf Course

Bio:

I have lived in Newfoundland all my life and had the pleasure of going almost everywhere in the province for years except Labrador. For years I have done a lot of snowshoeing and hiking different trails on the East Coast Trail system. I also have a strict regimen of weight training which supports every activity in my life. The only golf courses that I have not played in Newfoundland and Labrador are Grand Falls, Codroy Valley, St. Paul’s as well as Amaruk & Tamarack Golf Courses in Labrador.

  1. What is your full name?

Gerard Murphy

  1. Where were you born and where do you live today?

I was born in Calvert and the Southern Shore and I live in Mount Pearl.

  1. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m the second youngest of 14 children.

  1. Are you a member of a golf club and what club and who to you regularly play with?

I am a member at The Willows golf course and I regularly play with my girlfriend Lisa, Gary Hiscock and Adam Fagan.

  1. What’s your favorite course that you have played and what course would you like to play anywhere in the world?

My favorite course is the Gander Golf Course and I would really love to play the Old Course at   St. Andrews in Scotland.

  1. Where and when did you start golfing and what has been your best score ever?

I started golfing at the old Clovelly Black Duck Course in 2005 and my best score was 37 on The Willows in 2023.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your most memorable golf experience.

Lisa and I take a staycation and play some courses in the central and west coast areas of Newfoundland.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your funniest golf experience.

We played with a couple in Cuba and the husband did not wear shoes because of mosquito bites. His feet were just like hobbit feet and he was the owner of a shoe store. He also had 3 putters in his bag and he managed to break his wife’s Taylor Made Spider putter.

  1. What is your greatest golf accomplishment?

My 3 hole-in-ones, two at The Willows and one on the old Clovelly Black Duck Course.

  1. How do you like to relax?

Sitting at the fire pit in the backyard.

  1. What is your most treasured golf possession?

My Adams 11 Wood which I used to get my first hole-in-one.

  1. What is your best/worst quality on the golf course?

My worst quality is slow play while my best has always been to have fun playing whether it is a good or bad round.

  1. What 3 professional golfers would you like to join you at a dream dinner party?

Ben Hogan, Leona Maguire and Gary Player

  1. What 3 people(golfers) would you like to join you at a dream dinner?

K. J. Choi,  Kyle Berkshire and Brooke Henderson

  1. Have you ever had a hole-in-one? When and where?

I have had 3 hole-in-ones including one on Hole #6 at The Willows in 2019, the second at the Willows on the 8th hole 3 years ago while I had my third on the 13th Hole at the old Black Duck Course.

  1. What is your favorite/least favorite golfing hole on a Newfoundland & Labrador golf course?

My favorite hole is 9th hole on the Gander Course while my least favorite is 7th hole on The Captain’s Hill.

  1. What do you think is the worst rule in golf and how would you change it? 

Worst rule was when ball moved when you were addressing it on the green. Thankfully it has changed. Note: Poker chips should not be ball markers.

  1. What advice would you give to a young golfer starting to play golf today?

Invest in some lessons and buy reasonable priced  golf clubs. For Newfoundland weather also get good quality rain gear.