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How to get the attention of Realtors - yell FORE!

I took the plunge finally.

Realtors are golfers.

Realty companies have charity golf tournaments.

If you want work with Realtors, you should golf.

I usually sponsor a hole or donate a home staging consultation for the silent auction as I don't play golf.

But this time it was going to be different.

I decided that I was going to play golf and take my mortgage broker, Nick Lecuyer from Dominion Lending, with me for moral support and networking reasons.

Now you may think that this was either a stroke of brillance (no pun intended) or complete lunacy on my part.

You see, I am what they call athletically challenged.

Ride a bike, crash into a parked car.

Try skiing, I end up in heap on the bunny hill with my children laughing so hard they can't offer me a hand to get up.

You get the picture.

As the day drew near, it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe, I should actually hit a golf ball  before attending.

I decided the best course of action would be to go to a golfing store the day before the tourney to buy some golf clothes and ask if someone there could give me a few pointers.

A very kind man took me aside and walked me through how to hit a ball off a tee.

He said that for someone that had never hit a ball before that I was hitting it straight off the club in the "sweet spot" and that was very unusual. I asked him if he thought I might be buying a set of golf clubs that day. He said no, I really could hit the ball quite well. I was encouraged at this point.

My husband took me out to the driving range that evening and he commented that I was much better than he thought I would be. I was even more encouraged that I could golf tomorrow and not look like a complete idiot.

The day of the tournament arrived and I eagerly went out with my foursome. I am placed with the broker owners family. GULP.

Turns out I really could hit the ball. They played off my shot for the first four holes. Not bad for a novice. I was making an impression with the Realtors.

Then I did something that became the golfing story of the day. Towards the end of the day, Nick said get my P. Now you golfers know that means your pitching wedge. To this tired girl, it meant the putter. I hit that ball with my putter over 100 yards. Apparently that is not easy. LOL!!!  I am now known throughout the Realty office and the Woodington Lake Golf course as the Home Stager who hit the ball with the putter. Everyone now knows who I am and what I do.

But that wasn't what got their attention entirely.

What really got their attention was when I stopped at the half way point to play a putting game to raise more money for the charity. It was there that I made the fatal mistake.

I putted and then left with their putter instead of putting it back for the next person. I took it for a tour of the next 9 holes not realizing that I had it until 3 holes away. I kept thinking I would return it when I got back to the clubhouse, no big deal. Upon returning, if one Realtor asked me for the putter, 20 Realtors did.It was a huge mistake on my part but it became a great way of introducing myself to the Realtors that I had not met before. Apparently between the two golfing faux pas I had made, every Realtor knew who I was and came up to ask if I had enjoyed my first day of golfing. I was a hit! It made for easy conversation and a laugh over the two situations was had by all.

So the moral to this story is... get out and mingle. Don't be afraid to try something new.

You just never know when it just might be the thing that catapults you to the front of every Realtors memory when they need a Stager.

If you want to see my golf swing, click on the link below. Let me know what you think of my technique.

regarding the link.. you will have to copy and paste it in your search bar as I have not mastered the skill of adding a link either. But not knowing how to do something doesn't stop me from trying!

Comment balloon 19 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 26 2008 10:19PM


But did you learn how to yell FOUR?

Glad you had a great time.  It is one of the most fun/frustrating sports out there.  You will do well for one or two holes...then mess up.  I usually have a great 9th or 18th hole making me really want to come back for more punishment!



Posted by Tony Bolodar, Residential Mortgage Loan Originator, #1320876 (NEXA Mortgage) almost 12 years ago


You're not alone.  I'm athletically challenged too.  I don't play golf and I don't know golf at all.  I only watch the game if Tiger Woods is playing.  I don't know what eagle or a birdie is. 

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" almost 12 years ago

Hi Tony,

Yes I did yell FORE just once.

I was hitting up over a hill and was pretty sure that the foursome up ahead had moved on. I probably should have run up the hill to check it out but my foursome encouraged me to yell FORE. Something about an initiation to the game of golf.

Of course they also told me I had to wear one pink and one green sock the first time out as that was tradition. I almost fell for that one!

But when they went on to say I had to bring a shovel too I knew they were trying to pull the wool over my eyes. As far as I can see, 18 holes is too long a day, 9 holes is achievable for me.

I am looking forward to taking more pro lessons. If you learn the right way the first time you don't have to unlearn all your bad habits.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

Hi Rosalinda,

The wonderful thing about golf is how much everyone wants to see you do well. It really is a bonding sport.

People really respect the fact that you are out there trying.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

Very clever idea!  I love it!

Posted by Jason Mitchell (Realty Executives) almost 12 years ago

Wih that great attitude of course you were a hit!  Way to go -- I'm impressed that you gave it a go!  (This athleticly challenged person would have been up all night worried about being a dork!)  Glad it was fun and your attitude made it that way!

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) almost 12 years ago

Thank you so much for the I read your golfing story I thought to myself...I am not the only one. As my first golf experience was at a charity Police golf event and at the 3rd hole the ball hit a tree and bounced off to hit a near by police officer taking a drink of water.

Either way...I agree - get out there and mingle, if ya dont put yourself out there you wont know how great you could be.

Posted by Dione Sage (Nova Home Loans) almost 12 years ago

How funny Michelle, my husband has been very patiently taking me to the driving range and teaching me(he's amazing, but he's been at it since he was 5). He just bought my first set of clubs last week, so cute. Anyways, I'm super excited we started our new hobby about the same time, we'll have to keep each other posted, k? sorry your link didn't work for me, would love to see your swing

Posted by Ronelle Schroeder-Hill almost 12 years ago

Oh my!!! Dione, did he see that it was you that hit the ball his way?

It is one way to get an introduction but probably not the one you want to practice on a regular basis. :)

Someone told me today that the first time they golfed, they hit the ball square into someones stomach. OUCH!

I guess it's true about golf. Everyone has golfing story and you are immediately part of an exclusive club by playing.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

HI Ronelle, sorry my link didn't work. I really have to master how to do that.

If you copy and paste it into your search bar that will work too. Let me know if it works.

You are lucky that you have your own set of golf clubs. I was using my daughter's set. As my husband said, it won't make any difference as you don't know what you are doing yet.

He is looking forward to golfing together. After 31 years of marraige I think we have finally found one outside activity we can both enjoy.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

Well at least you stood out and were memorable ( in a good way).

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) almost 12 years ago

Michelle: you made my day...Laughed so hard I almost choked on my coffee!  You certainly know how to tell a story...but then again, the true stories are always the funniest.  Congratulations on making your negatives into positives - it shows a lot about your character.

Posted by Scott Owens, REALTOR (Scott Owens Limited) almost 12 years ago

Hi Kathleen, Thanks for stopping in to read my blog. That is one true thing about me. I am always outstanding in a my field. (That was a weak attempt at golf humour. You have to remember that I am new to golf!)

Hi Scott, I know you must be a golfer to find the story so amusing. At 7 this morning when my mortgage broker was regaling our golf adventure stories to our BNI networking group the putter story had them all spitting out their coffees as well. Apparently hitting a golf ball with a putter 100 yards is not an easy thing to do. Who knew?

Which just goes to show you once again- if no one tells you that you can't do something, look what you can achieve.

Thanks for making such a kind and positive comment on my blog. I will blog again after my next round of golf. Funnily enough, I have been asked to attend three more tourneys since this took place last Thursday. Coincidence or do you think my reputation is preceding me now?

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

P.S. Scott  -  the golf tourney was actually with Prudential Ronan Realty in Alliston if you happen to know anyone there. A long way from home for you, but it is a small world most of the time.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

Golfing was part of the interview process at Prudential...we have 4 tournies a year.  I have not met anyone from the Alliston office...maybe on the Prudential cruise this year...

Thanks again for the blog - a great way to start my day - even if I had to change my shirt because of the coffee stain - it was worth it.

Posted by Scott Owens, REALTOR (Scott Owens Limited) almost 12 years ago

PS - We just moved to Nova Scotia from Midland, Ontario - it IS a small world sometimes...

Posted by Scott Owens, REALTOR (Scott Owens Limited) almost 12 years ago

Michelle what were you five when you got married ;] Yes thats the reason he's teaching me, he stopped playing for a while so he could spend his free time with me, so I guess he's getting two birds with one stone so to speak. Can't wait to tell him your putter story,

Posted by Ronelle Schroeder-Hill almost 12 years ago

Hi Scott,  See it is a small world. Midland is a hop, skip and jump from Barrie.  When you are the cruise this year look for Realtors from the Alliston, Tottenham, Palgrave and Bolton office as they are all Marc Ronan owned. Have a blast on your cruise and feel free to repeat my adventures in golfing!  :)

Hi Ronelle, Yes I have been married a long time to a wonderful man who I actually have known for 36 years.

He is smiling now knowing that I can (I use that term loosely) golf. It really is the first sport I think I can agree on with him.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 12 years ago

Michelle, you are so right about getting out and mingling, trying something new, and meeting others. It will take you far.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

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