CLEARWATER – Daniel Maestre has dreams.
He knows that, even at 29, someday he’ll turn 50 and be ready for the Champions Tour. That is if he can keep his knees and back in shape – and that might not be so easy.
Bud Maestre has done things his own way since he started playing golf when he was a child. Unlike most kids who make it on the PGA Tour, Maestre learned how to do everything on his own. He is self-taught, so it is somewhat ironic that he uses some of the most high-tech teaching equipment in the golf industry to train students, more than 10 per day, at the GolfTEC facility in the Golfsmith shop in Clearwater, inside the Clearwater Mall complex.
Maestre tapes every one of the swings of his students, gives them access to tapes of their lessons over the Internet, and is always available to fine tune anyone’s game.
Teaching is something that Maestre loves, but he still wants to get back into the game. He’s never tried to reach Q-School, but, even though his job as a PGA teacher keeps him off the course except most of the week, he is still a scratch golfer. He still plays whenever he can – even if it isn’t enough for him.
“I can still hit the ball as far as any Tour player,’’ Maestre said. “I need a little work on my short game, but I can play. I just need some time. I love teaching and it takes up a lot of time. I like what I do.’’
Maestre started playing young and, once he picked up his first golf club, he was hooked. His father would drop him off at the local golf course at 6 a.m. and pick him up at the same course 13 hours later. He became an accomplished youth golfer and made a name for himself in high school when he shot a 67 that included a 31 on the back nine.
The future was all ahead except that Maestre started to suffer from injuries to his knees and hips. He saw his dreams dropping away, but entered Florida State University where, while he never played for the Seminoles, he studied golf and went on to become PGA certified.
“I still have my dreams,’’ Maestre said. “I would love to go to Q-School, but teaching is a full-time job.’’
Maestre continues to play the mini-tour events in Florida and is competitive. He still feels the pain in his hips and legs, but he isn’t giving up yet. He has a lot to balance. He has his teaching and his dreams and both can make for a heavy load when combined.
“If I could just play full-time, I could really consider Q-School and see what happens from there,’’ Maestre said. “If nothing, at least I am doing what I want to do. I love teaching and I will always consider myself a golfer. It’s a lifetime sport.’’
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The Claw at USF is offering specials including weekday tee times for $22 before 8 a.m. and $27 after 2 p.m. Weekend specials are $29 before 8 a.m. and $34 after 2 p.m. ... The Special Olympics is looking for a golf coach to work for two hours, one night a week. Call Sid Altner at (727) 944-4248 ... Tarpon Woods Golf Club is offering its Golf Plus card which costs $34.95 per month and offers unlimited golf ... Ace Golf is offering U.S. Kids Golf group sessions every Saturday at 3 p.m. for $20 per session at its Riverview location. All instruction will use U.S. Kids golf instructional materials and there will be monthly sessions where juniors can test for pins. Instructor Matt Primrose is the only U.S. Kids certified instructor in the Tampa Bay area. Call (813) 672-7750 ... Lansbrook Golf Club is offering its Insider Plus membership that includes 20 percent off golf at all times. It includes golf privileges at 41 local clubs and bonus rounds at private clubs. Call (727) 784-7333 ... 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