Interview With Chip Beck Champion's Tour Pro
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Chip has won four career PGA TOUR events and one Japanese Tour event and earned over $7 million on the PGA Tour. Received the Vardon Trophy in 1988. Recorded the second 59 in PGA TOUR history on October 11, 1991 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Made 13 birdies and no bogeys at Sunrise GC. Sank a three-foot putt on his final hole to join Al Geiberger (and since, David Duval) as the only sub-60 shooters in PGA TOUR history. Best year on TOUR was 1988. Played in three Ryder Cup Teams-1989, 1991, 1993. On August 7, 2003 became the second TOUR player to a record a rare hole in one on a par four when he aced the par-4 ninth hole at the Champions Club in the first round of the 2003 Omaha Class.
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?
My mother introduced me one morning in the summer of 1967. Ronnie Reitz was giving a junior clinic and my mom coerced me to attend. She said I had to go one day and if I didn't like it I didn't have to continue. I loved the first time I hit the ball, I couldn't believe how high and far the ball went. I was hooked from that point on.
What is your current home course?
The Merit Club in Libertyville, Illinois. Bert Getz invited me in and I've enjoyed my relationship very very much.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Shooting the 59 allowed me to start with the PGA Tour and PGA Of America the Chip Beck Scholars with the Western Golf Association. We have done it for 20 years now with nearly 40 graduates and I'm proud to have been a part of helping others improve their lives through this great game of golf.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
The juniors today don't know golf etiquette. I'm not sure they are being taught either.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
The Putter, because it is the most important club to winning.
What is your favorite golf destination?
I always enjoy Pebble Beach and Harbor Town in South Carolina. These resorts have so much to offer with great golf, amenities, and weather that changes daily for skillful play. The restaurants are wonderful and convenient after a long day on the course.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Crystal Downs is on my list this summer when we travel there for two of our majors. I've heard it as good a Augusta National.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Cypress Point because of it's natural beauty.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I think after a period of time I would do as Nicklaus says the slow the ball down so we can play shorter courses that are more challenging around the greens. This would make the game more competitive and quicker which would lead to more exciting tournaments and more people playing.
Dream foursome (living)?
Nicklaus, Palmer, and Tiger in one day would be great.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Pope John Paul 2, Jack Kennedy, Ben Hogan
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR 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?
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? 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?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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Written By: 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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