As the world’s biggest and brightest in the golfing world convene at PGA National Resort & Spa for the annual Honda Classic, locals may recognize another familiar face on the green: Dr. David Kassay. The Stuart resident who owns Narson Kassay Personalized HealthCare with his wife, Dr. Michelle Narson, is 1 of 12 doctors chosen for the PGA Tour medical team. He has spent the last 20 years as a member of the tour and has covered more than 100 events. It all began when a tour player was referred to his office years ago and, after receiving beneficial results, told the tour directors to consider Dr. Kassay for the medical team. The group of physicians rotate events so they can still maintain their private practices at home. Here, the doc talks about some of his best memories of the game over the years.
What do you enjoy most about attending the Honda Classic?
Not having to get on an airplane to cover the event! It’s nice to be local, but specific to the Honda, I am always impressed with the community support for this event. The Honda Classic is one of the longest-running sponsors of any event on the PGA Tour schedule, and it has raised millions of dollars for charities in our local communities. I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself.
Any special moments with golf’s elite you can share?
Having breakfast with Arnold Palmer is a very special memory. A conversation with Ben Crenshaw helped convince me to name my son Benjamin (a name my wife loved but I wasn’t convinced of until after talking to Ben). Getting calls from Olin Browne making sure we were safe after hurricanes—knowing he cared that much was touching. Accidentally elbowing Tiger Woods coming out of the locker room at the 2003 Buick Open was not the best way to introduce myself, but needless to say, he took it in stride. Just being around the diversity of professionals is fun.
What are you up to in your downtime?
I’m usually spending time with my family, at the local gym, at the ice hockey rink with my sons, or at the Muay Thai boxing ring with my daughter.