You have displayed incredible dedication to the game of golf and to the North Florida Section. What is it that drives your golf passion?
That’s really easy! I love seeing other people enjoying the game and I love to play the game itself because of all of its inherent values. It’s about as basic as you can get. During my career I worked at 3 golf courses and I have been fortunate enough to see and watch hundreds of thousands of golfers come through our doors. Every day I am excited to see people enjoying our facilities and people enjoying the game.
What would you say are your most significant playing achievements over the years?
Oh wow, that’s kind of easy! I won 3 straight conference championships in college. I won all 3 CIAA conference championships while attending Fayetteville State University. Individual medalist honors all 3 years that I was in college!
How did you get started in the game of golf and what drew you to becoming a member of the North Florida Section?
My dad introduced me to the game when I was 8 years old. We were living in New York City, which is NOT a golf mecca, even though the PGA of America was actually born in Manhattan in 1916… so it is ironic. My dad spent his weekends playing golf and I just naturally became attracted to the game and when I became a teenager, I had the opportunity to caddy at a country club in Long Island. The PGA member at the time, Ken Morrison, exposed me to the business of golf. I knew at the age of 15 that I wanted to be a PGA member.
I would actually like to share a short story with you. So one day, in the cart building Ken came in to change a set of grips. I asked him if I could do one and he let me change a grip. I looked at him and said, “I want to do this for a living”. I knew I wanted to spend my life in the golf industry. Just because of that moment in the cart facility. Also, just so you know, don’t forget that back in those days, the golf carts only had 3 wheels! GOOGLE IT!
What is your worst golf habit?
My worst golf habit? Well… I have a lot of pet peeves.
- I don’t like riding in the cart with anyone who smokes cigars.
- I don’t like speakers. NO LOUD MUSIC!
- I don’t like it when people want to borrow my sharpie or use my golf towel.
My worst habit would be the fact that I have poor alignment and poor tempo. I am always fighting these habits.
If your golf ball could speak, what would it say to you?
If you were to ask my golf ball today, it would say, “Kennie, where have you been lately?” If you were to ask my golf ball 20 years ago, it would say, “I’m tired already. Give me a break! What time are we leaving?"