Player Profile: Russell “Skip” Kaeske

Age: 64

Occupation: Retired Educator

Hometown: Fish Creek and Hales Corners

Home Course: Oakwood (Milwaukee County) and Morning Star (Waunakee)

How long have you been playing golf: Since I was about 12 years old

Handicap: Currently 17, been as low as a 12

Hole-in-one(s)?: No but came very close today! (A near hole-in-one on number 8 at the Johnny G outing on October 3.)

Best 18-hole score: 79 at Hawthorne Hills, about 25 years ago

Share a favorite golf memory with us: I was a junior on the high school golf team in the early ‘60s. I was an athlete – but not the best golfer – but I was OK. At one of the conference meets I had the highest score – I think I shot a 94. My friends who were all jocks like me (but not on the golf team) were teasing me the next day about how poorly I played. I asked them “Where are you guys going to be on Thursday at 12:30?” They answered “We’ll be in biology.” I shot back “I’ll be on the golf course at Sectionals.”

Favorite pro player: Craig Stadler “The Walrus” because he’s built like me!

Favorite foursome: “Three Old Guys and a Chick” Tomm Hummel, Bob Spielman, and Bonnie Spielman

Who’s Your Caddy: Tom Polster – because he knows

Strengths: Chipping

What needs work: Making the turn and driving

Tip to share: Your future is ahead of you!

What’s in the bag?: Wilson Fat Shafts, Ping Driver and an old Wilson Mallet Putter

Interests outside of golf: I’m a huge sports fan, so I love playing and watching sports; as a lifetime educator, I continue to take interest in the future of our youth; helping my wife with her quilting; and cutting the lawn.