LUCAS, Ky. –  Carmello Benassi Jr., the PGA golf pro at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, has been honored by the Kentucky Section of the PGA of America as Merchandiser of the Year (resort) during its annual meeting in Lexington.


“Carmello is a great example of the excellent golf staff we have at Kentucky State Parks,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “I hope golfers will take the opportunity to visit Barren River or another Kentucky State Park course soon.”


Benassi, who has worked at Barren River since May 2011, was recognized for his skills in merchandising techniques, training, displays, inventory mix and shop operations.


Benassi has been a PGA professional for over 20 years. He has previously received PGA honors such as the National Growth of Game award 2004, Kentucky Teacher of the Year 2005, Kentucky Merchandiser of the Year (Public) 2006 and Kentucky Golf Professional of the Year in 2009. He played on the Western Kentucky University Golf team from 1974-1978.


Barren River Lake State Resort Park is surrounded by rolling, tree-covered hills, on the edge of a beautiful 10,000-acre lake. It has 51 lodge rooms, 22 cottages and 99 campsites. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of an upscale fish camp in the Driftwood Restaurant.  If you are looking for something to do during your visit, you can play the 18-hole golf course, hike along a nature trail, visit the marina to rent a boat, check out a fishing pole or sports equipment, browse the gift shop, or just enjoy a peaceful seat overlooking the lake.


The resort is located 44 miles southeast of Bowling Green. Take Interstate 65 to the Cumberland Parkway east, to U.S. 31E south.





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