If this Kentucky PGA Professional’s golf ball could talk, we would want to find out more about the person who makes this game more enjoyable for us! Luckily, Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations is so strong; they generate a force to glean information from the golf balls of KPGA Professionals from across the Commonwealth. The information from these golf balls is as different as the markings the Professional made on them!
PGA Professionals are experts in the game and business of golf. This month, we picked out an experienced ball from the shag bag of Aaron O’Callaghan of University of Louisville to find out a little about where his expertise comes from and a few more fun facts we couldn’t resist asking … after all, a golf ball never lies!
Q: What was the moment where Aaron O’Callaghan became “hooked” on golf?
A: He became hooked on golf at the age of 11 years old. He remembers watching the 1997 Masters and saw Tiger Woods dominate the field with incredible focus and determination. His unprecedented scores and raw talent were so exciting to watch.
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: Yes, a few! He always likes to make two practice putts from 4 feet in a row before he starts playing. He only plays with two tees – one in his pocket and one behind his ear. He also likes to mark his ball with a K, for his wife Kristin.
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: His sand wedge is his favorite. It is so versatile, you can hit so many types of shots – high, low, spinners and runners…and it always gets him out of trouble.
Q: What does Aaron do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: He makes sure to get a good night’s sleep, drive slowly to the course and that he has allotted himself enough time to get ready. His mantra is to keep calm. He doesn’t want to feel rushed. He also wants to make sure he has time for a good warm up and always tries to think positively. (Can you tell Aaron is Coach?!)
Q: Who is his dream 4-some?
A: His dream four-some includes Tiger Woods, Butch Harmon, Ben Hogan and himself.
Q: Aaron is at the Halfway House during a round and there is a group on the 10th tee – what does he order?
A: Coffee (cappuccino if they have it!) and a scone.
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: His most memorable shot happened in his debut round playing for the Irish National Team. His first tee shot was a 330 yard drive down the middle on the 1st hole at Portmarnock Golf Club. He was very honored to represent his country, but also very nervous! This shot helped him settle down and gave him the confidence to go out and perform to the best of his ability.
Q: What is Aaron’s favorite part of his job?
A: He really loves helping others learn, improve on and enjoy the game. It is so special to him to see his players reach their full potential. Nothing is more satisfying to him than seeing hard work pay off.
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: He enjoys walking with my wife and dogs, going to sporting events, trying new restaurants around Louisville and catching up on current events.
Q: What are three more “fun facts” we need to know about Aaron O’Callaghan?
A: His favorite type of food is Indian. He played many foursome matches representing Ireland with Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. His favorite TV show is Curb Your Enthusiasm.
A special thanks to Aaron O’Callaghan and his golf ball for spending time, allowing us to get to know him better! Look for tips from him in your next two editions of Kentucky Golf Insider! We look forward to searching a new KPGA Professional’s shag bag next month to find out more about the experts in the game and business of golf!