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Interview With Kenny Cashwell PGA General Manager Sequoyah National Golf Club

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis


Below is an interview with Kenny Cashwell, the PGA General Manager at Sequoyah National Golf Club. The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.

Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
I began playing golf at the age of 3 when my grandparents introduced me to the game. I fell in love with the game as a teenager and become obsessed with mastery. Of course golf cannot be mastered and like many I became frustrated and stopped playing for about 5 years. My uncle convinced me to go out with him on weekend and I was hooked almost immediately. I give up my school teaching and coaching career to peruse membership in the PGA of America. I accomplished that goal and became a Class A member of the PGA of America in 3 years. I obtained Certified PGA status ten years later in 2005 when I became Certified in both General Management and Golf Operations. I am one of the fortunate PGA Members to also be married to a PGA Professional; my wife Becky became a PGA Life Member a couple of years ago.

What is your current home course?
My current course is Sequoyah National in Cherokee NC. It is always beautiful and challenging.

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
One of the proudest accomplishments for me is to see many of my former junior golf students grow up to become very, very successful adults. They have no idea how proud I am for them.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Rudeness in any form is very frustrating. It is bothersome when folks don't consider others before acting.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
The 7 iron, because it is the one I train with the most. I was taught to use it in practice, as it is long enough to demand proper technique and short enough to be forgiving

What is your favorite golf destination?
The Charleston, SC area. I have many friends there and every course in the region is beautiful.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
I would like to play the new Finley Golf Club in Chapel Hill. It is the home course of my alma mater the University of North Carolina and I have not played in since the redesign.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Olde Mill in Laurel Fork Virginia. It is scenic and challenging and I enjoyed some success there as a high school golfer at Mount Airy High School in NC.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I can't think of any rule that I would change. I do think that there is room for two sets of rules, one for competitions and another for every day casual golf which the majority of golfers play.

Dream foursome (living)?
Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Clint Eastwood.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
My father Ray Greene(deceased); Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus.

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Putt

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilight

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power fade

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage Cart

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Bathroom, but bushes are fine

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot dog

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Sand

9) Walking OR riding?
Riding I am no spring chicken

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Hybrid

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Par 5

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Nicklaus

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Elvis

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Fun

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18


 

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Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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