Meet Nicholas Marchese, our newest OnCore Ambassador. Nicholas was a standout junior golfer from Bolton, Ontario, Canada who played college golf at Tusculum University in Tusculum, Tenn. He joined us to discuss his journey to professional golf and playing the just released VERO X2.
Growing up in Toronto, golf was not on the radar for most kids. It was pretty much always hockey. Growing up, I played every sport I could, but hockey was my main focus at the competitive level. It was my dream to play in the NHL. With all of the sports I played as a kid, it’s ironic looking back on it now that the one I didn’t like doing the most was when my parents put me in golf camp during the summers. My dad and grandfather loved golf and always wanted to go play in the summers, but I did not care for it enough to go with them. I thought golf was lame and I only wanted to focus on hockey.
As the years passed and I grew older, things changed. I suffered a career-ending injury in hockey during the same time I lost my grandfather. I realized I could have spent more time with him by just going to the golf course. Because of my injury and his loss, I decided I would pick up golf when I was around 15 years old. I didn’t expect to go anywhere with it, but I became obsessed with it and became good enough to play college golf. I learned so much about myself and golf during my time in college and saw a massive improvement in my game and abilities, enough to the point where players told me at the highest levels that I could compete with the best in the world.
I had a hard time believing it for a while, but recently I have been able to see for myself that I can play and compete with the best in the world, which led to my decision to turn pro!
I am so thankful to be an OnCore Ambassador and be a part of the team during this journey. Their support has been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I have been playing the OnCore ball for a few years now, and that is when my game really took a turn for the better. Since I put the VERO X2 in my bag, I have been playing some of the best golf of my career. I noticed an instant jump in ball speed on full swings, I am able to flight it in my desired window or in any way that I need to. It spins around the green more than any ball I’ve ever played, and it has the best feel out of any ball I’ve played in my career. I can’t wait to show what the VERO X2 can do at the professional level and see how much hardware it can collect!