Anyone who has ever picked up a club knows the unsettling feeling that accompanies a bad day on the golf course. Club pro Michael Bembenick experienced such a day Friday on a national stage, but maintained an impressive attitude in light of his on-course struggles.
An assistant pro at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis, Bembenick struggled to a 17-over 89 during the first round of the United Leasing Championship, a Web.com Tour event in Newburgh, Ind. Things only got worse during the second round, as the 27-year-old shot a 103 to finish 36 holes at 48 over par.
After signing his card – one that included two pars, six bogeys, six double bogeys, three triple bogeys and a quadruple bogey on the final hole – Bembenick explained that his position as a role model kept him from withdrawing during the round.
'I think it's important to lead by example and show the youth that no matter how bad you play, it's important to finish,' he told Golf Channel. 'No one likes to see a quitter. I know none of the members at my club or any students that I teach would want to see me quit.'
A native of Plymouth, Ind., Bembenick was named the 2012 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in Indiana. With his Web.com Tour debut now complete in dramatic fashion, he opted to take an optimistic view of the day's events, an attitude that could likely serve to benefit many players, professional or otherwise.
'It's not much fun to shoot 103, but I still had fun,' he said. 'Everyone has their good days and their bad days; you just have to keep your head in it, just keep plugging away and trying to get better.'
According to Bembenick, he'll next play competitively in a local event on July 1.
'I'll probably hit a few balls between now and then and figure out how to hit it straight again,' he added.