By Alex Myers
Meet Kyle Lohse. A total golf fanatic, who just happens to be a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.
On Monday, Lohse appeared on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk," and golf, not the Brewers' hot start to the season, was the main topic of conversation. Here's the clip:
Among the highlights:
-- Lohse is a member of Whisper Rock Golf Club. (He holds a 1.3 handicap index)
-- Lohse was ranked T-33 in Golf Digest's 2009 ranking of the Top 150 Athlete-Golfers. Lohse was NOT happy to be ranked behind former teammates Adam Wainwright and Nick Punto. "I'm going to have check their scorecards and see what scores they're putting in."
-- Lohse said his dream golf foursome would be Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and himself. Man, this guy really loves golf.
-- Lohse also said the teammate he'd least like to play 18 holes with is fellow pitcher Marco Estrada, because a round "should take three and a half to four hours, but with him it takes five." He's against slow play as well!
Now that Lohse is on Twitter, his background picture is of a golf course -- presumably Whisper Rock -- and one of his first tweets asked followers to check out a Brewers music video while they waited for Masters TV coverage to start. Again, this guy really loves golf.
At 35, Lohse, who has never had a golf lesson and whose handicap is just above his best ever (1.1), is also pitching as well as ever. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 20.2 innings. You probably wish you drafted him on your fantasy baseball team right about now, don't you?
Unfortunately for him, the start of the baseball season seems to have slowed down his golf. After putting 14 scores in the computer before April, he hasn't played since. Then again, he might just be keeping his playing a secret from his manager. . .