Meet NE Section member Jessica Carafiello, LPGA from
Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich, CT.
How did you get into golf?
As an avid golfer himself, my grandfather, Joseph Carafiello, introduced me to golf when I was a freshman in high school. That summer, my parents signed me up for local junior golf tournaments. College golf at Florida Atlantic University followed, then 7 seasons on the LPGA Symetra Tour. I’ve enjoyed the journey in becoming a teacher of the game.
KPMG, the local fans and Sahalee CC members and staff were very welcoming and showed excitement to have us in their city. The week was eventful and an educational experience. Practicing next to Lydia Ko and playing a practice round with Karrie Webb and Ai Miyazato was an honor. Although I didn’t score as intended, it was encouraging to be surrounded by such top players on the LPGA Tour. I’ll be better prepared next time.
I feel there is a lot of support of the LPGA Tour with sponsorship and a strong fan base. Women’s golf is growing rapidly through programs such as Get Golf Ready and Girls Golf.
Tell us something about the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship that someone who did not play in the event would not know, maybe something that impressed or surprised you.
As a sponsor, KIA provided a complimentary car for each participant in the field! Also, in the Chinookan language, Sahalee means “high heavenly ground.”
Why are you a LPGA T&CP Member?
Being an LPGA T&CP Member connects you with some of the top leaders in the industry. Together we can grow the game of golf and educate our students and upcoming professionals.
What would you like to see for yourself and the T&CP in the future?
We have remarkable leaders in place. As we continue to increase in number we will grow stronger.