Everybody loves a clown

07/01/1993

What began as an entertaining way to make golf fun for kids has turned into an innovative, one-man business that is hardly a laughing matter.

Meet Kevin Compare, better known as Divot, the clown prince of the trick shot.

Compare, 35, debuted as Divot during one of the PGA of America’s first junior golf days in 1985, when he was the head professional at Miles Grant CC in Stuart, Fla. Now the new PGA head pro at South Grove GC in Indianapolis, he will make 45 performances this year. “It’s in my contract that I entertain nationally as well as manage the golf shop,” Compare said. “It’s like I have two full-time jobs. It’s been incredible how well Divot has been received.”

Each show lasts 40 minutes and incorporates the host pro as emcee. Divot does not speak. “I have cue cards for the host pro to follow,” Compare said.

Compare, who plays left-handed, said he is always on the lookout for new shots, and that he rarely practices.

“I really have learned a lot from this because I have the best of both worlds,” he said. “I don’t have to speak in public, I’m anonymous because of my costume, and because I’m a clown if I miss a shot then that’s humorous, too.”

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