Interview With Kenny Cashwell General Manager Sequoyah National Golf Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Kenny Cashwell, the 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 am 22 year member of the PGA of America and have advanced Certifications in Golf Operations and General Management. I played golf until I went to college at the University of North Carolina and did not resume until my middle 20's. Once I began playing I fell in love with the game all over again and decided to make it my career. Along the way I met my wife Becky who is a 25+ year member of the PGA
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I began playing when I was 3 years old. My grandparents took me out to the course which I believe was named Paradise Golf Course in Concord. Other than the basic memory of playing I recall have a good time and my grandparents gushing over my ability. Which I later learned they did about everything I did.(It didn't hurt that I was the first grandchild)
What is your current home course?
I am currently at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee, NC.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I am proud of several things: I have had students of mine go to college for free which made me very happy for them. I am proud of my marriage which has been solid through all of the long hours, nights and weekends at work. I am also proud of my Certifications which did not come easily for me. The first time I actually did not pass a portion of the exam and that really steeled my desire to obtain the status.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
The thing that bothers me the most is rudeness. Fortunately we don't see it every day but it is unnecessary.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
I like the 7 iron because it long enough that I need to make a good swing and short enough to be forgiving. I also prefer to have my students spend a lot of time with the 7 for the same reason.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Sequoyah National Golf Club and Harrah's Cherokee Casino because of the beauty and that is how I get to eat and have a roof over my head.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
I haven't played Pinehurst #2 which is one I should have knocked off the list.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Olde Mill Golf Club near the Blue Ridge Parkway. User friendly golf with a nice challenge in a special area.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I would let player put with whatever they want in any way desired. The object I how many not how you did it.
Dream foursome (living)?
Faldo, Woods, Larry Bird and Nicklaus. I could just watch and enjoy a cold beverage if fivesomes aren't allowed
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods. I can only imagine the awesome shots and talent in the group. Again I could watch and enjoy if required.
Favorite 19th hole drink?
Cold beer that my friend buys me because I beat him at golf.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of a lifetime!
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilight with the cold beverage!
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
Riding at this point in life. Especially at Sequoyah!
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Par 5, I get to miss at least one a maybe still get a par.
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles but I like both a lot
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and Run
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
Revised: 08/02/2017 - Article Viewed 51,914 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: 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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