Inside ACCess: A Look Inside ACC Men's Golf

Jan. 22, 2010


Men's Golf

The reason I started playing golf was... The toughest course I ever played is... The most interesting place I've visited is... The lowest round I every shot is... What's in your bag?


James White
Georgia Tech

Because my dad played it, and now I would like to use golf to reach out to people but in particular little kids. East Lake Golf Club because although the conditions are not tough (rough is not high, hardly any Out of Bounds, and few water hazards) the course finds its way to make scoring difficult everytime. My lowest score out there after 2 years of play is 72. Hawaii. I went to the island of Kona with the Georgia Tech Golf Team. It has 11 different climate zones including, rain forest, desert, and snow which I could see all in one day! It is possible to snowboard and surf in the ocean in the same day! It is a majestic place. 61 in an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament. The par was 70, and I was only 1-under par after 7 holes and 8-under par for my next 12 holes. I had 29 on the back nine holes. That is the AJGA record for the lowest score anyone has shot that played the AJGA. (It was as of June 2007, and I think it still is.) Driver: Titleist 909 D3 with 9 degrees of loft.
3W: Titleist 909F2 with 13 degrees of loft.
Hybrid: Titleist 909H with 17 degrees of loft.
Irons: Titleist AP2 710 (-PW)
Wedges: 58 and 54 degree Vokey Spin Milled
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball: Titleist ProV1
In the pockets: Lots of food.


Adam Long

My parents got me started at a very young age. My dad was a good player and took me out to the course; dodging hockey, basketball, and baseball practices whenever we could. I started playing tournaments and taking lessons when I was about nine years old and haven't put the clubs down since. TPC Sawgrass. The narrow fairways, thick rough, and quick greens makes it a difficult challenge...Add wind and 'Sunday pins' and TPC Sawgrass' claws come out. Copenhagen, Denmark. My older sister studied abroad there and I visited her when I was still in high school. The city is extremely unique and like nothing in America. Just walking the streets and being introduced to the culture, infrastructure, and scenery was awesome... although I definitely still prefer American food and was happy to have a McDonald's cheeseburger when I got back. A few six under rounds, most recently at the 2008 Player's Amateur at Belfair Golf Club in South Carolina. It was the second round and I finished three under in my last four holes. I hit the ball fairly well but my putting played a major role. The round put me in contention to win the tournament, ultimately finishing in tenth place. Woods: Taylor Made
Hybrid: Taylor Made
Irons: Taylor Made
Wedges: Taylor Made
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron


Ben Martin

My dad took me out to the course with him when I was 3 or 4 years old and I've been playing ever since. Southern Hills during the final round of the 2009 US Amatuer. It was tough because of a culmanation of many factors including the pressure of trying to win the US Amatuer. It was a 36 hole final and my 8th and 9th rounds of golf in seven consecutive days, the course was playing firm and fast by the last day of the tournament. Augusta National. There is so much tradition and history around there. I could play 54 holes a day out there. Just walking around the course is awesome. 60. It's a course record at my home course Greenwood Country Club, I made 12 birdies and 6 pars. I was in "The Zone," hitting every shot just like I wanted and made about every putt I looked at. Had a 20 foot eagle chip from the fringe on 18 for a 59, ran it by 10 feet (at least I gave it a chance) but made the comebacker for 60. Driver: Titleist 909D2 8.5 degree
3W: Ping Rapture V2 13 degree
Hybrid: Titleist 909H 19 degree
Irons: Titleist AP2 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design 51 degree, 56 degree, and 64 degree
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Squareback P330


David Holzworth
North Carolina

I grew up on a golf course watching the players then I picked up a club and found out I was good at it. Hiwan Country Club (Evergreen, Colorado). The weather, the altitude and the greens [make it tough]. The designer of the greens is the same person who designed Augusta National's greens. Berlin Germany. There's incredible history there. 64 at Red Sky Golf Club in Colorado. I tied the course record. Driver: Ping Rapture
3W: Titleist (old not really sure)
Hybrid: 18 degree Titleist
Irons: Titleist AP 2's
Putter: Odyssey 2-ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V-1
In the Pockets: Lots of spare change and ALWAYS sunflower seeds


Ben Kohles


To get out of the house. Galloway National. It has the most difficult and undulated greens I have played. Augusta National. 63. Berkley Hall South Course. Driver: Titleist D2
3W: Cobra S91 Pro
Hybrid: Titleist 909
Irons: Titleist 710 MB's
Wedges: Titleist Vokey 58, 52 degree
Putter: Ping Answer


Lee Bedford

Wake Forest

I lived on a golf course, had played a little my whole life, and all my friends played. One day I went out to play with some of them and just loved it. I'm a perfectionist and golf is something you can't perfect, so I got addicted very fast! I just continued to try to get better and was on the range and the course everyday as much as I could. Torrey Pines. I played it a couple months before they had to open there and the rough was up about 6-7 inches, and the fairways were cut to open widths. It was brutal. Costa Rica. I went there my senior year of high school for a mission trip and it was just so interesting to see a totally different culture. Also, we got to stay our last two nights at a 5 Star resort, so that was refreshing. 63 (par 70). It was at my home course. 10 birdies, a double and a bogey. Driver: Titlest D3
3W: Titleist F3 13 degree
Hybrid: Titleist 17 degree
Irons: Titleist 705 (3-PW)
Wedges: Titleist 52.5 and 57 degree
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron