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Paul  Kenney

Paul Kenney is currently the general manager at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie. He was elected 20 years ago to PGA Membership in 1995. Even before PGA Membership, Kenney worked at such golf facilities like Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico while he was in college. He also worked for ClubCorp and was at Plantation Golf Club, Kingwood Cove, Greatwood Golf Club and Fossil Creek, but for the last 13 years he has been a fixture at Woodbridge. He and his wife Bry have two children, daughter MacKenzie who is 13 and Hogan who is 9.

Below are a few additional things that you may not have known about Paul.

What do you love about the golf business? That it is not an 8 to 5 job and you are at the golf course everyday you work. I also like the difference I can make with all ages in the game of golf. It is very rewarding and really there is a not a day I have dreaded going to work.

Who got you started in the game? My uncles who were PGA members (Mike & Bill Richards). Dave Donachie (PGA Member in Lubbock) had a great influence on me when I was in college. I was 10 years old going to junior sport camps in the summer time with my cousins at 7 a.m. and not coming home until 7 p.m. when my uncle finished up work. 

Did you play college golf? No college golf, was really burned out after high school and thought it would be easy to walk on a couple months later at New Mexico State, boy was I wrong. 

What is your most memorable moment in golf? Many good moments, but no hole in ones yet to top the list, so probably playing golf on my honeymoon with my wife. That was at Aspen Glen in Colorado. That was the last time she played golf and we played together, but we are still married!

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? My favorite is probably Picacho Hills where I started playing the game, but as you get older you appreciate things more. Most notable favorite one would be Cherry Hills or Pinehurst. Pinehurst is really an incredible place. 

Who makes your dream foursome? My wife and two kids would be my dream foursome, but my wife does not play as you know, I'm running out of time to get my daughter to play and my son is starting to get the bug. So my son Hogan, Ben Hogan (hence the name), Byron Nelson & Jack Nicklaus. 

Have you played golf with anyone famous? Does Perry Arthur count?

What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? St. Andrews.

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? My wife and I opened and sold a women's gym and a dry cleaning business.

What are some of your hobbies? Reading, golf and shooting (guns) when time permits for any of them. 

What is your favorite type of music? Country. 

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Ben Hogan's Five lessons, The modern fundamentals of golf.

What is your go-to karaoke song? Don't stop believing - Journey.