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 Carmello Benassi of Barren River Lake State Park 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 Carmello Benassi became “hooked” on golf?
A: When he was a very young child, his dad would drop him off very early at the golf course. I would ride on the side of the tractor with the superintendent and help hand water the greens, when they were finished he would play golf all day. He loved it.
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: He does not have the #3 golf balls or yellow tees in his bag.
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: His favorite club is the driver. Most times, he hits it very straight.
Q: What does Carmello do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: Before an important round, he will try to get all of his old body parts moving and do some walking exercise (he has been fighting back problems for many years now) and do lots of stretching.
Q: Who is his dream 4-some?
A: His dream 4-some is Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer.
Q: Carmello 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 Powerade and a candy bar.
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: The best shot he ever hit in high school during a P.E. class when the teacher asked him to give a golf tip. In the gym he had a 12×12 inch piece of carpet and a plastic golf ball. The class asked him to hit a shot, which went about 50 yards and hit the far wall of the gym. He turned to say something to the class and could hear the ball bouncing on the wooden gym floor. The ball kept getting closer and closer to Carmello until it came to rest exactly back on that 12×12 piece of carpet. He just smiled.
Q: What is Carmello’s favorite part of his job?
A: His favorite part of the job is when helps another golfer improve their swing and their game.
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: Off the golf course he enjoys sports and likes to travel.
Q: What are more “fun facts” we need to know about Carmello Benassi of Barren River Lake State Park?
A: He likes chocolate ice cream and enjoys all types of music.
A special thanks to Carmello Benassi 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!