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 John Mesplay of Danville Country 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 John Mesplay of Danville Country Club became “hooked” on golf?
A: John became “Hooked” at the age of 11 when his family joined Windridge Country Club in Owensboro. He enjoyed the competition the Junior Golf Program provided.
Q: Does he have any golf superstitions?
A: He’s not very superstitious, but usually only uses quarters to mark his ball on the green.
Q: What’s his favorite club in the bag and why?
A: The putter is his favorite club in the bag…he has only owned 3 putters in his life!
Q: What does John do to prepare for an important round of golf?
A: He looks to get a good night’s rest before the event.
Q: Who is his dream 4-some?
A: He probably couldn’t limit this to a foursome, any group of his college buddies would be a great day!
Q: John is at the Halfway House during a round and there is a group on the 10th tee – what does he order?
A: Usually a water and a snack, but vodka/cranberry if he’s on a golf trip!
Q: What is the best shot he ever hit?
A: 3-iron for Double Eagle on Hole #10 at Danville Country Club.
Q: What is John’s favorite part of his job?
A: He enjoys the conversations with his membership each day. Knowing they enjoy their time on the golf course is very rewarding!
Q: What are his interests off of the golf course?
A: He enjoys time with his family. He and his wife, Andrea, follow their twin sons, Harrison and Jackson in their busy schedules. Jackson plays golf and tennis while Harrison enjoys soccer and rugby.
Q: What are three more “fun facts” we need to know about your Professional?
A: His favorite hobby is poker, having won a WSOP Circuit event in 2014, enjoys improving his tennis game and vacations to the beach.
A special thanks to John Mesplay 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!