I’ve been playing golf for about 40 years, having first been exposed to the game by my father at an early age.  Things didn’t go well early, as I was more enamored with chasing the chipmunks at Triggs Country Club than I was the golf.  Later my father encouraged me to caddy to earn money for the summer and I learned to play through caddying and caddy day at Alpine Country Club, Cranston, Rhode Island, where I grew up.  Monday was caddy day and we could play as many holes as we could get in before dark.  Golf was a fifth or sixth sport on the priority list for me over the years, behind hockey, baseball, tennis, basketball and the martial arts.  I was of the mind growing up that golf was not really a sport, at least not on a par with the other sports I played.  A direct result of this thinking is that I played relatively mediocre golf up to about 1991, when I resolved to improve through self instruction. 

Greater emphasis on learning the game from 1991-1993 saw a steady improvement from a starting point of an 18-19 handicap down to a 2 index on my home courses of Bayonet and Blackhorse golf courses, Fort Ord, California.  The courses at Fort Ord and the Bayonet Golf Course in particular were a venue for the PGA Tour Qualifying School.  The average for the field from 1992-1994 was over 76 against a par of 72.  It was a tough course where par was considered an excellent score.  My 2 index traveled well and I shot in the 70s during this time on some of the best courses on the Monterey Peninsula, including Spyglass Hills, Poppy Hills, Pasatiempo, Carmel Valley Ranch, Spanish Bay, Old Del Monte, Presidio of San Francisco and my home courses of Bayonet and Blackhorse.  I played Pebble Beach shortly after Tom Kite’s victory in 1992 and shot 84 with 35 putts on the worst greens I have ever played for a top notch course.  Nothing outside of 2 feet was safe. 

Retirement from the military as well as relocation to Arizona in 1994 and the effort to start a second career limited the amount of golf I played over the next several years.  I find that if I have something else going on or something that is pending, I can’t concentrate on playing golf.  Several times I left the course part way through a round because I simply could not concentrate on the task at hand when I had work that I should be doing.  I suspect that is true for many of us who are not in the golf business.   This was a period of research and learning, while attempting to study my way to become a scratch golfer the next time I had the opportunity.  I moved my family to Virginia in 1997.  Sporadic golf was played over the next 9-10 years, although I spent time teaching my son to play at Fort Belvoir and I hit balls to keep the fundamentals fresh.  Later I spent some time helping my son work on his game when he made his high school golf team.  Self-improvement continued to be the objective of the day.  Several years later my son went to work at Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas, Virginia, a stone’s throw across the lake from Robert Trent Jones, Manassas, Virginia, where the Presidents Cup has been played several times.  I played Stonewall a bit with my son and I had some success integrating some of the fundamental movements that I felt were missing in my game.  Originally a slicer, I started to draw the ball during my improvement period at t Fort Ord and I later struggled with the dreaded hook.  The less I played, the more the hook was a problem when I did play. 

I renewed my efforts in 2006 to figure out where Hogan was trying to go with his swing, as I became convinced that there was an element missing in the instructional material he published.  The updated material that came out after his death, including video, books, quotes and other material provided a great deal more information to digest, some of which was actually quite good.  But none of it addressed the basic questions I had on what Hogan had been trying to achieve with his golf swing.  The obvious answer that he was trying to prevent or correct a hook always struck me as one or two assumptions deep into his methodology, while ignoring the base issues.  He didn’t hook because he was Hogan, he hooked because of something he was doing in his swing.  So I worked methodically to go through the available information and to litmus test those items that seemed to fit and those that didn’t.  I was not looking to solve his secret per se, but I was looking for whatever element I had missed or that was missing that would enable me to stop worrying about my draw becoming a hook.  In the spring of 2008, although playing infrequently, I verified through my efforts that I had the fundamentals ingrained in my swing.  There was clearly something missing and I spent the next several months on the range trying to work it out.  In September 2008 I figured it out by digging it out of the dirt, just like he said.  I was a bit shocked when I realized what I had done and I spent several months trying to prove myself wrong.  In November 2008 I began writing a book on what I had discovered.  The resultant work, called The Secret of Henny Bogan, will be published in the coming months (late spring 2009).  It is not something you have seen or heard before and it is not a nuance of something that was covered in the Life Magazine article or any of the recent Hogan secret revelations.  And it fits with Hogan’s words.  

The above is focused on the golf aspects of life.  This is a more generic text.  I was born in Orange, California in 1957 and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island.  I am retired military (U.S. Army), having spent the bulk of my career in Military Intelligence.  I worked over the years as a Photographic/Imagery Interpreter; later as a Tactical Surveillance and Reconnaissance Officer; Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Officer/Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) and Special Projects Test Officer; Company Commander; Operations Officer; and Executive Officer.  Because of a chance snow storm on the east coast, I was the acting Battalion Commander responsible to execute the Defense Language Institute, Monterey response for the Northridge Earthquake, Jan 1992, in and around Los Angeles California.  I served overseas tours in Korea and Germany, playing occasional golf which included St. Andrews, Scotland in 1984 and a number of very good German courses, including Club Zur Vahr where Bernard Langer won the 1985 German Open, Ramstein, Rheineblick, Augsburg and courses in the Netherlands and Belgium.  I served in the continental United States assignments at Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Monterey California.  After retirement I rejoined the government as a U.S. Army government civilian servant at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, working as a TENCAP and Joint Theater Missile Defense Test Officer for United States Army Central Command, Tampa, Florida.  I left civil service and spent several years as a support contractor, working for the Joint Interoperability Test Command; National Reconnaissance Office; National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA); Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Office (Joint Staff J-8) and the Defense Advance Projects Research Agency. 

I rejoined government civilian service in April 2002, accepting an appointment with NIMA.  I served as a Branch Chief for Future Concepts and was given responsibility for NIMA’s Persistent Surveillance portfolio, including Space Base Radar (SBR), the New Imaging System, Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging and Airborne Integration Program efforts, including Global Hawk, Predator, JSTARS and the U-2.  I was later assigned as the NIMA SBR Program Manager and helped establish the NIMA Persistent Surveillance Office.  I was promoted to the Executive Service (Defense Intelligence Senior Level) in November 2003.  I am currently the Deputy Director, Integrated Operations Center-Special Projects, Analysis & Production Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Maryland, with duty at the Washington Navy Yard.

I have a BS Degree in Geography from the University of The State of New York, with a minor in Cartography and Photogrammetry.  The majority of the credits were taken at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  I have an Associate Degree in Specialized Business Management from the Center for Degree Studies, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  I have advance study credits in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and the University of Phoenix, with a degree not in the foreseeable future.   

I am married to the former Cindy Weaver of Sioux City, Iowa and I have three grown children and three grandchildren, including a son serving with the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.