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 Ross Lingenfelder of Eastern Kentucky University’s PGM Program 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!
What was the moment where Ross Lingenfelder became “hooked” on golf?
A: When Ross was 9 years old he received his first set of clubs from a neighbor. It included a Chi-Chi Rodriquez persimmon 2-wood, 3 irons (5,7,9) and a putter. From that time on he would hit and chase golf balls in his back yard. Then at the age of 10, Ross received a junior golf membership at the local public golf course near his home. In the summertime he would play golf all-day (usually 36+ holes every day) with his buddies and truly became “hooked” on golf. This was his routine until the day he left for college in North Carolina.
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: He carries a quarter, dime, and four tees in his right pocket and marks his golf ball with a black dot on the upper-right side of the number.
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: His favorite club is his 7-iron. He practices with this club the most and always carries it with him to the lesson tee.
Q: What does Ross do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: He tries to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast. He also tries to work on “feel” shots by practicing his short game and putting.
Q: Who is Ross’s dream 4-some?
A: His dream 4-some includes: Jack Nicklaus, David Feherty and Urban Meyer.
Q: Ross is at the Halfway House during a round and there is a group on the 10th tee – what does he order?
A: He orders a blue or purple Gatorade, a hot dog, and a pack of peanut butter crackers.
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: It occurred on the par 3, 12th hole at TangleWood Golf Course in Perrysburg, Ohio when he was 12 years old. It was his first hole-in-one; a 9-iron from 127 yards that flew directly into the bottom of the cup. He was also happened to be playing with his three buddies who are still good friends almost 20 years later.
Q: What is Ross Lingenfelder’s favorite part of his job?
A: Being at a PGA Golf Management university, he loves teaching and mentoring the future generation of PGA professionals. He also enjoys being in a positive work environment and the energy of a college campus.
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: Ross enjoys watching and attending college sporting events. His favorite teams are the Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Growing up in Ohio, Ohio State football is a way of life (much like UK basketball in KY) and Ross has been fortunate to see the Buckeyes play in every Big Ten stadium. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Q: What are three more “fun facts” we need to know about Ross Lingenfelder of Eastern Kentucky University’s PGA Golf Management program?
A: Ross played in two Little League World Series as a young baseball player. He captained three sports in high school by his junior year (golf, basketball and baseball). He has recorded three career holes-in-one.
A special thanks to Ross Lingenfelder 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!