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"There have been times when I've seen women who are playing golf in their photos, and I've right-swiped even though I'd never consider right-swiping otherwise," he says.
"One of those women saw a photo of me standing in front of that huge leader board at Augusta National, and she asked me where that was.
She considered only guys who made mention of the sport, whether it was through a photo they'd posted or a reference in their short bio.
"Half my time is already devoted to my daughters," he says, "and golf takes up the majority of the rest of my free time." When Ryan reentered the dating scene, he used Tinder.She turned to to find a serious relationship, making up a whimsical user name that contained the word "golf." Many men were immediately interested."The first messages I got were always about golf," she says. Most women just say, ' Yeah, I love to eat and drink and have fun.' So golf really sets you apart."After using Match for several months and going on more than a dozen golf dates, Elizabeth was growing increasingly unenthused with the online-dating scene. Four days later, he sent a follow-up email with the subject line, "Taking a Mulligan." In more than 400 words, he explained why they should either "hit balls at Chelsea Piers" or play at a private course he'd recently joined. "I got into a total stranger's car, which in hindsight probably wasn't the smartest idea, but it was a full day of getting to know each other, and it didn't feel forced," Elizabeth says. Golf is such a nice launch pad for getting to know someone."Though a four-hour first date might seem daunting, it can be far less awkward than a typical first date."I was trying to hit on him, and he wasn't having it," Samantha says."Turns out, he had just come out of a long relationship and wasn't ready to date.