Questions by Kiet Luong
Photos by Justin Nguyen and CT
1. Where did you go to school and what’s your day job?
I’m a proud Texas A&M Aggie Alumni. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from A&M and my MBA from UH. I have been working for BP for over 13 years, mostly in various engineering roles. I’m currently in a role that supports the development and deployment of staff. I enjoy meeting great people across BP and traveling to different sites.
2. How about family… Are you married?
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Theresa (who graciously supports my golf habits), for 8 years and have two active (to say the least) boys, Jonathan and Ben. They mean the world to me.
3. Your real name is Thanh, but everyone has been calling you CT every since I have known you, what’s the story behind that?
The Corp of Cadets at A&M are called CT’s. I got that nickname from by teammates when I was on the A&M Vietnamese basketball team. My teammates thought I was one of the Corp of Cadets because I had a crew cut during my freshman year, so they called me CT. I have been stuck with that name since 1990. Even my parents and wife call me CT. I have been meaning to legally change my name one day.
4. How long have you been playing golf and how long with HVGA?
I was interested in golf in high school, but I didn’t become a golf addict until after a few of my buddies invited me to play golf with them at the San Jacinto College golf course. I got hooked after hitting a few good shots. I joined HVGA in 2008 and became a committee member in 2009 to help make improvements to the club for our members.
5. Why did you start playing golf competitively with HVGA?
At first I was reluctant to join HVGA, but then I wanted to see how my game stacked up against other Vietnamese golfers in a competitive environment. Low and behold, I won the first tournament that I participated in as a member and thought it was going to be easy the rest of the way. Well, let’s just say it was beginners luck and I have to work harder if I want to be in the winning circle again.
6. How has playing golf with HVGA affected your overall golf experience?
Participating in HVGA tournaments has taught me that you have to put in the work to become a better golfer and prepare yourself mentality so that you can compete against other great golfers. There are no gimme putts in HVGA tournaments, so you have to concentrate on every shot/putt. I have also had the opportunity to meet new Vietnamese golfers that I would never have met playing weekend golf with my same friends.
7. Any memorable golf stories you want to tell us about?
My most memorable golf experiences were those early days when I learned how to play golf with my buddies at SJC and Sharpstown GC. We had a lot of fun learning how to play the game, exploring different golf courses, and learning about different types of golf equipment. I remembered we played one round in the pouring rain with rain boots and pull carts because we love the game so much. Those were the days when you could go home smiling after breaking 120….LOL
8. Where do you call your “home” course and what’s the lowest you’ve scored there?
I love playing Memorial Park GC. The staff is so friendly to me out there and the course layout is very pleasing to the eye. It’s my “country club” since I receive special treatment and attention from the staff. I shot an 80 out there and still have the signed scorecard to prove it.
9. Any hobbies aside from golf?
I really enjoy snowboarding, traveling with my family, and fishing. I just bought a Nikon SLR camera and hope to get into photography this year.
10. Any words of wisdom or golfing tips you want to leave us with?
First and foremost, balance the amount of time spent on the golf course with your family time. Second, golf has its ups and downs, so don’t beat yourself down when you’ve have a bad round. Learn from your mistakes so that you’ll know next time what you need to do. Lastly, have fun and respect the game.