Mark Carnevale was born on May 21, 1960. The youngest of five children, four boys and one girl. Growing up in an athletic family, Mark’s father, Ben, was the Head Basketball Coach at UNC Chapel Hill ( 1944-46) and at The U.S. Naval Academy ( 1946-1966). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.
Mark was introduced to the game of golf at just 6 years old, and instantly fell in love. While his 3 older brothers all played college basketball, he chose golf over basketball. Mark attended James Madison University on a golf scholarship, and was a four year letterman and two time MVP. He would later be inducted into the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Mark qualified for the PGA TOUR in the fall of 1991. In his rookie season, won the Chattanooga Classic and was named the PGA TOUR and Rolex/Golf Digest “Rookie of the Year”.
Mark was inducted into the Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He was in the first class to be inducted along with former NFL stars Lawrence Taylor, Ron Springs and Mel Gray.