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 Todd Butts of Drake Creek 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 Todd Butts of Drake Creek Golf Club became “hooked” on golf?
A: Todd became hooked at about the age of 10. He grew up in Fulton, a small town in far western Kentucky. He played all day every summer through high school. He then went on to play at Rhodes College in Memphis (he also played football there!).
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: He doesn’t like to use a nickel to mark his ball on the green. Fives aren’t that great in golf!
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: He loves the driver… he really moves it for an 150 pounder!
Q: What does Todd do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: He putts on a chalk line for about 2 days before the event. He wants to make sure he’s seeing the line well.
Q: Who is his dream 4-some?
A: He’d like to play with his son (Jack), his daughter (Margaret) and Tiger Woods.
Q: Todd 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 coke and a Snickers bar. He’s been doing that since he was 10 years old. Although, after the round he now prefers the 19th hole!
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: He’s had 3 holes-in-one. But his best shot was from 170 yards over water out of a fairway bunker in college. He stuck it to about 8 feet and made the putt to earn All-Conference honors.
Q: What is Todd’s favorite part of his job?
A: Todd the Head Professional and Facility Owner, so the favorite part of his job is whenever his course does over 140 rounds in a day.
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: He follows his children. Margaret has scored 26 soccer goals this season and Jack quarterbacks a football team that’s gone undefeated for 3 straight years. Both play on the KY PGA Junior Tour and are hoping for top 10 finishes this season. Of course, he coaches his son’s football team.
Q: What are three more “fun facts” we need to know about your Professional?
A: He loves the beach. He’s crazy competitive. He works all the time.
A special thanks to Todd Butts 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!