The "WGT 19th Hole" series focuses on featuring the players, personalities and country clubs that make up the global WGT community.
toolman957 - The World Traveler
This week's WGT 19th Hole is a fun one, in that the nomination was "crowdsourced" by the WGT Forum. There was an entire forum post dedicated to this nomination that was created by fellow players, agreeing that toolman957 should be the next WGT 19th Hole featured player. To give you an idea of what convinced us, here are some posts straight from the forum:
"Toolman957 is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He is kind, respectful and generous, always willing to help and he is very humble. Toolman957 has helped me with my game in many ways and I consider it a privilege to play with him. He's legit, and the real deal. He deserves to be recognized by the WGT community because it's people like toolman957 that make this web site and this game great. I cant thank him enough for all he has done." - WGTer CEverett12
"Toolman957 is an asset to our Country Club and to WGT as a whole and I have yet to play with another player of his caliber that is as humble as he is. He is always supportive and helpful. He does so much for others without anyone even knowing and it's an honor to lose to him on a regular basis. lol" - WGTer TurtleFowler
"Toolman957 AKA Mike has been a good friend and mentor to me and my game. He's a stand-up guy always there to help." - WGTer offthedeck
"...His willingness to help other players get better and patiently answer questions makes Toolman957 a credit to both his country club and to the entire WGT community." - WGTer Nomarbob2000
There were pages of great comments about toolman957 – three to be exact – but we had to cut it off somewhere!
Known as Mike outside the WGT Community, toolman957 is a retired United States Air Force Veteran of 28 years and says if he could live anywhere in the U.S. it would be Maui, Hawaii, "...where a person can play a different golf course every day of the week." Which makes sense, given he's an avid golfer who has been playing since he was 13 years old.
When it comes to traveling the world, he has the map covered, "I've been stationed in Guam, Philippines, Germany, England and Korea. During my military career I traveled many places abroad, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, China and South America. I finished out my career after 2 tours in Desert Storm. I've been in every state in the U.S. with the exception of Alaska, hopefully will make it there someday."
When toolman957 isn't playing Pebble Beach, Kiawah Island or Bethpage Black on WGT you can find him dreaming of playing at his favorite golf courses in real life: Wailea Golf Club Emerald Course in Maui, HI or the Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, AZ.
Do you have any advice for new players on WGT?
"Practice and practice, ask upper tiers for advice and play higher tiers as much as possible because eventually you will be there – sooner than you might think. Also try not to get too frustrated, everyone has bad days. Most of all, just have fun and enjoy meeting people."
Thanks for your service Mike, we hope you make it to Alaska soon! And when you do, we suggest the summer months where you can golf without snow.
PS: We reached out to our friends at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla, Alaska, who have generously offered Mike a round of golf whenever he makes it out there!
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