We have so many amazing staff members at Lincoln City Golf and we want you to get to know them too! Our PGA Pros are some of the most dedicated and passionate people in our programs, so we’ve got a series of interviews from them, sharing their own golf experiences and their opinions for this year’s golfers.
Meet Jon Benson!
Jon began playing golf as a young boy and the game has been a major part of his life ever since. He started out as Assistant Professional at Mahoney Golf Course after graduating from UNL in 2011 until taking over as Head Professional in 2015.
When and where did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf when I was 7. I grew up in Columbus NE and my dad was and still is the Columbus High School Golf Coach.
Who influenced your game the most?
My dad influenced my game the most. He loves golf and it was very easy to see. I wanted to be just like him. Unfortunately for him, I am a better player than him now.
Did you have talented right away or did you have to really commit?
I did not have talent right away. It wasn’t until after high school that I became a better player. I moved to Lincoln and started working at Mahoney Golf Course when I was 19 years old. Cory Fletcher took me under his wing and began giving me lessons over the 6 years that I worked for him.
What’s in your golf bag?
I am staffed by Callaway Golf. I am now playing the Epic Flash driver, three wood and hybrid, X Forged Irons, Mack Daddy 4 wedges and the Odyssey Stroke Lab Three putter.
What was your greatest personal victory playing?
Even though it was not my lowest round, my last two rounds at the State Golf Tournament my Senior year of High School was at Highlands Golf Course. I shot 76, 77 the two days there and they were my two lowest rounds of my career and the first and second time I broke 80.
Name your top golf experience(s) to date.
Last year I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to the Sandhills Golf Club. Myself and three friends were able to spend two days and one night there. We were allowed to play 36 a day, and we played all that we could. The course was beautiful and my golf game was sharp, which always helps in having a good time. The entire staff from the golf course to pro shop and restaurant provided some of the best customer service I have ever seen. So not only was it a great experience, but I was able to take away from there some things that help me run my business.
What’s the greatest golf advice you’ve ever been given?
You will miss 100% of the putts you leave short.
What is the best relationship you have formed through golf?
Many of my close personal friends I met on the course or working at the golf course. It’s difficult to choose just one. I value all the friends that I have that I met through golf.
What sort of life lessons do you get from golf?
I think patience is the key to golf. You need to be patient and level headed in this game. When emotions get in the way, that’s when the golf game will decline. Same for me in life. Being level headed and patient keeps me calm and makes life much easier.
What advice do you give to beginner golfers?
Keep at it. This game can take a lot of practice to improve but it will come and will be worth the work. This is a game you can play your whole life. So put in the time.
What’s your favorite Lincoln City golf course?
Mahoney of course. When asking the Golf Pro’s this question, I believe we all will be a little bias. I have been at Mahoney for over 13 years. I started out as a Pro Shop worker, Assistant Professional and now the Head Golf Professional. Over my years here I have come to think of Mahoney Golf Course as home.
Who should we watch out for this year?/Who are the up and coming players?
Always Tiger Woods. He is so much fun to watch even when he is not playing the best. I would also say watch for Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Tommy Fleetwood.