Societas Golfsi Pulverino Bianco Federico Alba . (Source: Feast)
Long-standing golf coach Federico Alba told Italian newspaper La Repubblica that he had concealed his secret life as a mafia “big brother.”
Born in 1943, Alba founded the Phenix Golf club in Sicily and throughout his career, the 64-year-old has tutored many professional golfers including Sergio Garcia and winner of the 2012 U.S. Open, Webb Simpson.
However, he didn’t let his profession stop him from choosing the slightly unusual path of business.
He said that business did not quite do it for him, but he recognized that the mafia at the time provided a valuable service.
“The mafia helped me in more ways than I could have imagined when I was 16, 18 and 19. I started my business to pay the family bills, because the family depended on the mafia.”
Alba later went on to begin organizing a fundraiser called Benedetto Alba Ball (named after his father) where money was raised to help victims of human trafficking and for other causes.
The driver went on to explain that he was forced into prostitution in order to pay off the debts he racked up in his career.
“It was horrible, without any pity or sincerity. I was an impressionable young man, dreaming about the green jacket, and I thought nothing of begging — nothing at all,” he added.
Although he no longer claims to be a mafia man, he has written a book about his mafia past called Corruption in the Game of Golf.
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