Growing up in Marathon, Tesori attended Union-Endicott High School, near Binghamton, and later graduated from Le Moyne. While earning a master's degree at SUNY-Cortland, he worked at Onondaga Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, eventually earning status as a PGA professional in 1973.
Twice, Tesori has been honored as PGA Professional of the year, in 1995 and 2004, and was Central New York PGA Teacher of the Year back in 1986, and he's also competed in a handful of PGA Tour events in the United States and abroad and, in this area, co-founded the Young Linksters junior program and the annual Golf Expo.
Tesori's family also has a connection to the current professional game. Joe himself worked in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and said he was with legendary architect Pete Dye during construction of the famed TPC Sawgrass layout that hosts the Players Championship each May.
Also, Paul Tesori, Joe's cousin, caddies for 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, and Joe said he plans to see Paul and Webb when the PGA Championship is held in early August at Oak Hill Country Club, near Rochester.