Interview With Heather Risk, LPGA T&CP Head Golf Professional Oakcreek Country Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Heather Risk, LPGA T&CP, the Head Golf Professional at Oakcreek Country Club. 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 was born and raised in Prescott, AZ. I had 21 foster brothers & sisters growing up. I played golf in high school, but I played soccer in college. I referee high school basketball and volleyball. I coach Special Olympic Golf and Softball. I joined the LPGA in 2002 and became a Class "A" member in 2007. I joined the staff here at Oakcreek Country Club in 2010.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I am a sports-oholic! I played every sport I could as a kid and in high school. All my free time was and is spent playing a sport. In high school I played on the boys golf team until my junior year. My senior year we created a girls team. It was a ton of fun! I am a Class A Teaching and Club Professional of the LPGA. I began playing golf at the age of four. My grandmother, who was an excellent golfer, taught me to play. In the summer I would play from sun up to sun down! Sometimes my friends would get 72 holes in! One day it was raining and lighting like crazy! I was about 13 years old and we were still out there playing! My grandmother had never gotten mad at me... but she pulled up next the the hole we were playing and was shaking her finger at us! She yelled at us to get off the golf course!
What is your current home course?
Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona, Arizona
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I think being Head Golf Professional here at Oakcreek Country Club and creating a fun, friendly atmosphere. The culture and feeling here at OCC is just amazing! We have awesome leagues and golf groups.
The other one is going to World Games for Special Olympics. In 2003 I had the honor of being a partner to a Special Olympic athlete. We played golf for 17 day in Ireland! It was an amazing experience!
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Ping G30 7 Wood! That is my go to club! (Sometimes even when it is not the right distance, I just grip down). I can hit high and well most of the time! It is funny how you just have confidence in some clubs more than others.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Torrey Pines, San Diego!
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Of course The Old Course at St. Andrews courses in Scotland
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
LPGA International, Daytona Beach, FL.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Open to more people! Golf is expensive and elite. I would love to see it become more of a sport for everyone!
Dream foursome (living)?
Lorena Ochoa, Patty Sheehan, Nancy Lopez
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Any of the founders of the LPGA
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Hitting Long Drive! ( I know long puts wins the pot... but out driving the boys is priceless!)
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
No hole in ones yet... I did have 182 yard eagle!
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of dawn! The grass smells so good!
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power draw all day!
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Bring my own.. I know horrible for business.
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 now... When I was younger I could hit a 3 iron, not so much now.
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 5
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
BOTH! I got to caddie for Jack Jr in Jack Sr. group when they opened his course at Twin Eagles in Naples Florida. Both awesome men.
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
There has to be at least 25 cents on the line or I can't play.
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and Run!
17) Lay up OR gamble?
Depends on how the day looks...
18) 18 holes OR 36?
36 if I can!
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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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