18 Holes 18 Questions: Karsen Best


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Name:  Karsen Best

Bally Haly


Karsen is a Grade 12 graduate of Holy Heart of Mary High School, St. John’s and just completed a successful first year at Memorial University.

Karsen started playing golf at the age of 7 and has continuously demonstrated his passion for this sport through his participation in numerous competitions, both provincial and national, as well as his achievement of many milestones.

While Karsen is an accomplished athlete enjoying many sports including hockey and baseball, he has enjoyed being part of the Golf NL development teams over the years. He cherishes the great friendships he has made along the way.

Karsen was excited to be the recipient of three US college golf scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year including Spalding University-Kentucky, Olivet College-Michigan, and Barton University-North Carolina. However, due to unforeseen family circumstances, he was unable to attend.

Karsen still has a passion for golf and envisions further success in future golf competitions, while continuing to pursue a university degree. With his strong work ethic and commitment, he is poised to achieve greater heights in both his athletic and academic endeavors.

  1. What is your full name?

Karsen William Benedict Best

  1. Where were you born?

I was born in Holyrood, NL and now live in St. John’s.

  1. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I played AAA baseball for the CBS Raiders before focusing full-time on golf.

  1. Are you a member of a golf club and what club?

I am a member at Bally Haly Golf And Country Club and I play golf with my cousin Tyson a fair bit.

  1. What’s your favorite course that you have played and which course would you like to play anywhere in the world?

I loved the La Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club in Montreal, QC and I would love to play Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.

  1. Where and when did you start golfing?

On a vacation in Florida my dad brought me to the driving range and I was hitting it further than him right away so the rest is history, I was 7 years old at the time.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your most memorable golf experience.

My most memorable golf experience was shooting 77 to win my Junior Club Championship at Bally Haly on the day my dad was going through a surgery to try and remove his cancer. Winning that for him was truly a special moment for me.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your funniest golf experience.

So me, my dad and my pop where playing a round at The Willows. On hole #1 my dad goes to take a shot off the tee and hits the ball straight into the woods. My pop then goes over to him and puts his hand on his shoulder and said “ John don’t worry about that one… The wind took that.” Meanwhile, there was not a single draft of wind that day.

  1. What is your greatest golf accomplishment?

Honestly there’s two that come to mind for me. Winning the West Coast Swing of the Telly Tour in 2022 and getting accepted to play college golf at Barton University in North Carolina.

  1. How do you like to relax?

I am a huge Habs, Saints and Rays fan so watching hockey, football and baseball takes up most of my relaxing time even though games can be frustrating and stressful to watch at times.

  1. What is your most treasured golf possession? Have you ever had a hole-in-one?

My golf trophies are important to me and unfortunately I’ve never had a hole-in-one.

  1. What is your best/worst quality on the golf course?

Best quality on the golf course is the tee box because I love to hit the ball as far as I can. Worst quality on a golf course is by far the putting green because it costs me way too many strokes and unnecessary frustration.

  1. What 3 professional golfers would you like to join you at a dream dinner party?

Rickie Fowler, John Daly and Ian Poulter

  1. What 3 people(golfers) would you like to join you at a dream dinner?

 Eddie Bearns, Peter Gulliver and Dwayne Lake

  1. What is your best score ever? When and what course?

 My best score was a 75 on the Bally Haly South Course.

  1. What is your favorite/least favorite golfing hole on a Newfoundland & Labrador golf course?

 My favorite would have to be #6 at The Willows. My least favorite would have to be #8 on the South Course at Bally Haly.

  1. What do you think is the worst rule in golf and how would you change it?

Not being able to ground your club in a bunker. I’d change it by allowing people to ground their clubs in bunkers.

  1. What advice would you give to a young golfer starting to play golf today?

Don’t compare yourself to others. Personally, especially when I was younger I was always comparing myself to guys who were better and more experienced than myself and that can really put you into a bad spot and make the game unenjoyable. Focus on yourself and improve your skills at every game, and most importantly, have fun while you’re doing it.