At the Annual Meeting my term as President of the Northern Texas PGA will be coming to an end, and the membership will be electing a new Section President. Section Vice President Paul Earnest, PGA director of golf at Four Seasons Resort and Club, will be nominated at the meeting for the position of President. I thought it would be best to highlight Paul and his pathway into the business as my final Member Spotlight.
Paul has been a competitive golfer for most of his life. He played collegiate golf at The University of Texas, while earning a business degree. During his final year of school he was uncertain of his career path after graduation.
"I had a year left in college when Barton Creek opened and I went to work for Brent Buckman. At that point I had no idea of what I really wanted to do,” said Earnest. "Barton Creek was such a special place, and having the opportunity of experiencing [that place] and working for Brent allowed me to experience the business. It was then that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the golf business and become a PGA Member.”
Paul was named the head golf professional at age 26 and continued working at Barton Creek until January 1993. During his tenure there, he was elected to PGA Membership in September of 1989. He then accepted the director of golf position at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.
"After five years of service [at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort] I was offered the director of golf position at Four Seasons in 1997 and have been here ever since.”
One aspect of the game that has remained important to Paul after all of these years is the competition.
"At the very core, golf is stripped down to competing, exercise and a good time environment,” said Earnest. "I played on the golf team all four years, but feel like I started playing better after I graduated. My best tournament round was when I shot a 65 at The Hills of Lakeway during the Southern Texas PGA Section Championship. Also, a huge career accomplishment was when I qualified for the PGA Championship and Byron Nelson in 1998.”
Paul and his wife Shelley have two children, Logan and Brandon, and live in Coppell.
"Watching my children grow up has been a proud life accomplishment for me as well. I am honored to have served the NTPGA membership as vice president, and I hope to continue my service as your Section President.”