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Get to Know:

Mike Ortega

The Basics:

Name: Mike Ortega

City of residence: Harbor City

Clubs: Skylinks; Gauchos and Gringos

Profession: Retired

Family: Married with three dogs

Volunteer and committee involvement: Board of Director FEW Credit Union, Skylinks Board of Directors, and Northern Trust Open Operations Team

What you Didn't Know:

Music that Mike listens to: Frank Sinatra

First car: 1964 Volkswagen Bug

Favorite book: Lord of the Rings

Guilty-pleasure food: Chocolate

Favorite non-golf item owned: Computer

Favorite Southland hotspot: Admiral Risty

One gadget you can't live without: Blackberry, because it keeps me in touch with relatives and friends throughout the day.

Favorite quote: "Some people bring smiles when they enter a room, others bring smiles when they leave a room."

If Mike couldn't do what he did as a profession, he would have been a: Longshoreman

Greatest pride: His wife

Most-visited Web site that is not work-related: Facebook

What do you like about volunteering: The people you meet and work with. I like to volunteer because of the smiles I see on those benefiting from the programs I volunteer for.

What would you tell a boy or girl to interest them in the game of golf: "Let's go to the range and hit some golf balls." I know once they hit a few, most will be back.

On the Course:

Has golfed for: 38 years

What Mike would like to see more of on the course: Definitely better etiquette

Favorite Tour player: Phil Mickelson, I met him a few times and he is a good guy.

What part of the game of golf needs to change: Affordability. We need to make golf available to more people.

Is there a Rule of Golf Mike would like to change?: Relief from divots