Before all that, there was a simple question: “You play much golf, Steve?”
He said, “Nah, I’m (terrible).” Or something like it. Valandra is nothing if not profane.
So our guy, Steve Valandra, mid-50s, by day the communications director for a Washington state agency, set about building a set.
With the focus of a newborn zealot, he got acquisitive. First he bought a driver, from The Golf Club Co. in Olympia, where a lot of people around here get their first made-to-order clubs.
He didn’t warm to the MacGregor, and he wasn’t driving the ball well that summer, at all, so he wasn’t using it or any of his various drivers. He gave the Golf Club Co. driver to a friend and put the MacGregor aside.
He liked the way it sounded, too, and suddenly he was hitting it fine.