Cecil on the green in a tournament last year

Nov. 5, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—How would you like to spend your working days at a country club teaching people the game of golf?

That is the dream of Hawk Golfer Paul Cecil.

Cecil arrived in Severn, Maryland when he was ten from his native Aurora, Colorado (he admits to still being a fan of all the Denver area sports teams). He chose the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) for a variety of reasons, the main one being the PGA Golf Management major that was available here. An added incentive for Paul was that he also got to play on the golf team while in school, which is not an option at many schools with a PGA Golf Management major. Since Paul is not on an athletic scholarship at UMES, all he needed was the help of his mom to assist in paying for his education, which was never a problem. “She’s been incredibly supportive of everything I do.”

Now in his senior year, Paul ranks among the top golfers on campus, and has earned a 3.6 GPA over his collegiate career. He also has qualified for the Jones Cup in Florida twice, which features the five best players from twenty schools. Paul has been a tremendous athlete throughout his collegiate career, shooting a career best 74 at the MEAC Challenge last season. He also has the second best average of all golfers on the team two years running, with a level of great consistently that most golfers, no matter the level, would be envious of. Paul has also tallied scores of 75 in a tournament two years ago and two consecutive 76 rounds at the Black College Hall of Fame Alumni Invitational last September. However, Paul’s personal best was a 68 at a PGM tournament that was shot while he was in college, but that round did not count toward his UMES statistics.

Paul is a fascinating person to talk to, not just in learning his accomplishments but how he motivates himself to achieve his goals. Instead of dreaming and aspiring for great riches, Paul uses happiness as his primary motivational tool, as in happiness for others. “I like to do things that I like and make other people happy. That’s what drives me.” Paul also hopes that more people in his generation would do the same, in an effort to be more responsible as they get older and make more impactful decision.  His keys to happiness, and thus success, are crafting a good personal image and being respectful and proactive on goals. He also added that intelligence and working hard are important factors, too.



As indicated at the beginning of this article, Paul hopes to become a director of golf at a country club in the area, teaching and coaching the game he loves to other golfers. “I’d like to teach lessons and help others improve their game.”

What is impressive about Paul is that he seems to be a young man who has his priorities in order. I’m sure there are a number of seniors in college, as well as people who have graduated and in the working world, that have been unable to reach that point. But not Paul. When talking to him, one is quick to discover a person who is unabashed about setting goals and telling you how he wants to achieve them. He still has a few more classes to finish, a few more tournaments to complete and an internship to work before he graduate, but when Paul is set to join the ranks of the working world, he will be ready. 

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