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 Jake Spott of University of Louisville Golf Club 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 Jake became “hooked” on golf?
A: He made a childhood decision that he wanted to play golf. No one in his family played, so who really knows how he got into it! His grandmother took him to a garage sale where he found a brand new set of Ben Hogan Precision irons. Those poor clubs got beat to death and he wishes he still had them!
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: He marks his golf ball (all Titleist #3s) with yellow markings. It was his grandmother’s favorite color.
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: All of the clubs are his favorite! But honestly, the putter. Nothing in golf makes him happier than seeing a putt drop in the hole!
Q: What does Jake do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: Golf for Jake is a personal battle of his mind. He does anything he can to get into a positive mindset before any round of golf. Usually, this will consist of long putts and short putts. He also believes strongly that if he hit it GREAT on the range, he will hit it GREAT on the course, but if he doesn’t hit it great on the range, HE WILL hit it GREAT on the course!
Q: Who is his dream 4-some?
A: Jennifer Lawrence (in his cart), Tiger Woods & Steve Stricker.
Q: Jake is at the Halfway House during a round and there is a group on the 10th tee – what does he order?
A: He wears out Cliff bars – preferably the white chocolate macadamia nut!
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: He made 7 out of 8, 15 foot putts at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in front of 300 people on the PGA Main Stage to win $1,500. Chris Dimarco was pictured with him afterward saying “Dude, you’re still shaking.”
Q: What is Jake’s favorite part of his job?
A: We are privileged to be around people that all have different life stories. It’s amazing for him to be around CEOs, doctors, garbage men, bean pickers, veterans and all walks of life. At the end of the day, we all love the Game of Golf! He believes golf is his vehicle to impact the lives of people young and old! He also likes to sell a sweater or two from time to time 🙂
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: He loves to read, follow the Lord, run (when he can) and relax (when he can)! He also enjoys grilling amazing steaks with a beer and eating them with a nice glass of wine!
Q: What are three more “fun facts” we need to know about Jake Spott of University of Louisville Golf Club?
A: Jake grew up in Wisconsin (Go Packers & Badgers!), he has lived in the Southeast for the last 9 years (War Eagle & Go Cards!) & I never hit a growth spurt… he’s short if you haven’t met him!
A special thanks to Jake Spott 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!