If you watched U.S. Open coverage at all this past week, it is almost inevitable you heard them talk about Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron on the 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. You saw pictures, you heard accounts, you saw the plaque in the middle of the fairway and you saw people holding the famous club.
What you probably did not know is that moment has a direct tie to the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). Caddying for Mr. Hogan that week was Nick Ciocca who is the great-grandfather of IJGT member, Isabella DiLisio.
DiLisio had heard stories of her great-grandfather caddying for the great Ben Hogen, but had no idea the loop was part of one of the most iconic moments in golf history.
“It wasn’t until a few years ago that we found out it was here at Merion,” DiLisio said.
DiLisio was selected by the USGA as a volunteer at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, carrying on her family’s legacy. She was a stanard bearer twice during the week. Her first group was during a practice for Bio Kim, Y.E. Yang and Alker and her second round was during the second round for Rickie Fowler, Mateo Manassero and Jason Day.
To read more about Isabella and her week at Merion, please click here.