We are really proud to be able to share our course with some of the most talented young golfers around. Read member Jack Westford’s story about a young WWU student and amazing golfer.
The Paul Legacy
I met Greg Paul for a casual lunch. I was writing an article on his daughter, Jenn, and the Paul family and wanted to find out more. I was curious to know how the Paul family got so involved in golf. Greg shared that it goes back to his father Jim. Greg said that Jim was an avid golfer, and encouraged their entire family to play golf. Jim had a single digit handicap, and was a 6-time Club Champion at Gray’s Harbor Golf & Country Club in Aberdeen, WA.
The Paul’s live in a beautiful home located on the back 9 holes of the golf course at Sudden Valley. Greg Paul was the Director of Golf at Sudden Valley G&CC from 1992 to 2007. He is now a successful Realtor. Greg mentioned that the plays more golf now than when he was managing the golf course.
Marcie Paul, Greg’s wife, works for Banner Bank as a real estate underwriter. She graduated in finance from Western Washington University. The Paul’s have three children - son Brandon, a Chemical Engineer now lives in San Diego. Taylor, Jenn’s twin brother, attended Skagit Valley College (on a golf scholarship) and lives in Bellingham and Jenn who is currently attending WWU on a golf scholarship.
I also had a chance to talk with two of Jenn’s coaches and learn more about her development and training. Ruben Romero coached Jenn’s AAU basketball from third to eighth grade. According to Ruben, “Jenn is a fantastic young lady and was our point guard. Our program taught fundamentals and respect for team members, competitors, coaches, and family. All AAU members are encouraged to attend college. We instill in them that nothing that is worthwhile is easy and we try to develop in them the will to win.”
Bo Stephens, WWU Women’s Golf Coach, spoke about his job and Jenn Paul. He stated that the women are students first, so on every trip the members of the team carry golf clubs and school books. Bo enjoys working with college athletes such as Jenn because they are focused and hard workers. As a team coach for 12 years, Bo found Jenn to be one of the most competitive players he has coached. Bo stated: “Jenn is out to win. As a coach I wait until she wants advice. Maybe that’s because her dad is a golf pro.”
Proud Mom Marcie shares this about her daughter Jenn - “Jenn is a competitive hardworking, punctual, analytical young lady. She’s always busy. When she is not playing golf or studying, you will most likely find her working out in the gym.”
As previously mentioned, Jenn attends Western Washington University on a golf scholarship. Her scoring average is 75.89 for 38 rounds, which is outstanding. She has been on the first team GNAC for two straight years and was named co-player of the year for both years. She currently has the lowest scoring average on the golf team at WWU. She won the Pacific Northwest Pro-Junior Championship with her dad when she was 16 years old. Jenn also won the Sudden Valley Ladies Club Championship in the summer of 2016. Jenn is majoring in Accounting and currently has a 3.57 GPA.
In High School, Jenn played varsity basketball and varsity golf for four years in a row at Bellingham High School. The Bellingham High School golf program turned our tremendous golfers - and recently won the State Championship 11 times. In the summer months Jenn has worked for both Sudden Valley G&CC and the Bellingham G&CC golf shops. Her favorite family trips include to southern Oregon, and the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and also to the Palm Springs area. Her favorite trip with the WWU golf team was recently to Hawaii. Jenn’s current golf clubs include custom fit Ping irons; Taylor-Made driver; Callaway #5 wood; and a Scotty Cameron putter. She always play Titleist Pro-V1 golf balls.
Grandfather Jim passed away in 1995 after losing a battle with cancer. Greg says that Jim would be proud that the Paul family took his advice and “learned to play golf, the rules, and etiquette”. Greg mentioned that he was very fortunate to be able to work in the golf business, play the game, and meet all the wonderful people in and around the golf industry.