Fat Wreck Chords "I just found out that I'm a 1%er. So this morning I've…
- Posted on Jun 28th 2011 5:00PM by Dave Jaffer
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While touring in Quebec, recently, he carved out some time to go golfing. He admitted, however, that his game needs some work.
"It seems like I've been drinking and doing more drugs than practicing golf," he tells Spinner, before launching into a bit of a sales pitch for his newfound hobby. "You can do drugs on the golf course, you can drink on the golf course. There's nobody around. You can do what you want."
This is not to suggest that he doesn't take golfing seriously; he does. He's even got a tour card.
"I'm a member of the MGA, the Mediocre Golf Association," he says. (And, yes, this is actually a real thing.)
"I'm a member of the San Francisco group, chapter. There's twenty groups around the country, but every year there's more and more.
"So the Montreal chapter, they're having their FU Open tomorrow. No, it's the Bratish Open, is what it is, tomorrow. I'm playing in it and I'm really low on the money list right now, 220th in the world, with winnings of 0.00."
Like many athletes, Mike has watched his game deteriorate as he's gotten older.
"I used to be good, before I had a daughter," he says. And, once again, he's actually being serious. "I used to be decent. I could break 80, I used to be able to. Now I'm happy to shoot 95.
"Actually, in my league, in the MGA, if you break 80 in a tournament you get disqualified. You gotta do good, but if you break 80, you're too good. You get disqualified. You're not kicked out of the MGA, you're just disqualified from the tournament."
And, as Mike will tell you, being a touring musician is the perfect gig for a golfer who enjoys checking out new courses.
"We've golfed in some cool places. [We went] golfing in Iceland -- they've got 24-hour golf there. We were there on Independence Day, in Iceland. ... Who knew they declared independence from Denmark, and Denmark pretty much said nothing. [They were like,] 'no big loss, no big loss.'"
Even the most fanatic golfer has to have his frustrations with the sport, so we asked Mike what it is that would have him hurling his five iron into the sand trap.
"There's nothing wrong with being a golfer," he says, incredulously. "What's wrong with you?"