On Thursday, I got to ride along with Brad McIntosh, Kevin Hermis and Coach Dirks at the South Course of BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress, it was quite interesting and during this outing I set-up this interview with the defending C-USA Tournament Champ. Last year, as a true freshman, Brad won the tournament in his first attempt, letting all of us and the rest of C-USA know that there was a special player on the Houston Cougar Golf Team.
CD: Brad when did you first pick up a golf club and give it a go?
BMc: I was seven at the time.
CD: Did you play golf through your school and at what grade level did school competition begin?
BMc: In Australia, the schools really do not have team golf like they do here, it is all club oriented.
CD: What was your home club?
BMc: The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation we played at the Liverpool Golf Club in Sydney.
CD: Did you play any others sports in Australia?
BMc: Yes, I played soccer, rugby, tennis and cricket.
CD: Brad, how did you develop an interest in the University of Houston Golf Team?
BMc: Through Steve Elkington, he brought his experiences to my attention and suggested that I give it a look. Steve is from the same area as I am and is obviously quite well known and respected there.
CD: Do you plan to play golf professionally?
BMc: Yes, I really would like to pursue the tours.
CD: Would you try the US tours first or go back to Australia or perhaps Europe?
BMc: I want to try to play here, but I would look at the other tours as an option as well.
CD: Back to college golf, have you met and made friends with the players with whom you compete in college?
BMc: Yes, last year I did not know anyone, and I had to let my golf do the talking, but now I've met a lot of the other players out here.
CD: Does the Golf Team get to know the other UH athletes and hang-out together at times?
BMc: Yes, we get to know them through parties and other events.
CD: Are you able to attend other UH sporting events?
BMC: Yes, last year I caught most of the soccer games and several football and baseball games as well.
CD: What are your favorite local courses to play?
BMc: I like the TPC, Royal Oaks and in particular Lochinvar.
CD: Brad, what's in the bag?
BMc: I use Ping Eye 3 blades a Ping 3-wood and a TaylorMade 360 driver with an Aldilla HM 2000 shaft.
CD: Do you have any special golf memories?
BMc: Yes, once I played in a match where Australia was playing New Zealand in match-play. I started the round with four birdies, a par and then I hit driver and a perfect 5-iron to double eagle the par-5 sixth hole. I'd never started so fast, had an albatross or a hole-in-one so that was quite special. Needless to say, I won that match easily. I still have not had a hole-in-one.
CD: What about winning the CUSA title in your first attempt?
BMc: Yeah, that special as well. I really didn't think that I was having a great final round until Coach told me on 18 that I was in the lead. I shot 69 and I think, the next best score that day was 72 or 73, it was a great feeling.
CD: Brad, are you a feel player or are you a technical player?
BMc: I'm a confidence player. Once I make a few birdies I can really get it going.
CD: What do Coach Dirks and Assistant Coach Huston work with you and the rest of the team on?
BMc: Basically, course management, not too much mechanics at this level everyone can hit all the shots, it is really what to do in certain situations.
CD: What do you feel are your strengths, I know that you are extremely long off the tee, but what do you feel is the best part of your game?
BMc: I think my short game is my strength and in the CUSA Championship at The Club at Hidden Creek that is really important because the greens are so firm.
Brad is is very easy-going guy a pleasure to talk to. I look for his experience at the C-USA Championships to be a big factor in Houston bringing home a sixth straight title. UAB is good, but not that deep and TCU is very good, but our team owns the C-USA Championship and knows this course well.