October 23, 2020

2020 NCGA Course Rater of the Year--Kern Hunewill


Kern Hunewill is one of those people who, when he does something, he’s going to give his all. There is no halfway.

At the age of 12, he got a job at Yancey Lumber Yard in his hometown of Newman. Now 69, today he owns the business.

“If I do something, I’m going to commit to it,” he said.

The same could be said for his devotion to being a volunteer course rater for the NCGA. He’s now been a part of the course rater corps for 16 years.

“I just liked golf so much and wanted to do something for the game, so I volunteered,” said Hunewill, who picked up the game while he was in high school.

As a course rater, Hunewill said some of his biggest joys are working with the other course raters and NCGA staff members.

He also loves that, even after all this time, he’s still learning. In a year when the World Handicap System was introduced, picking up new knowledge has never been more important.

“There’s always new wrinkles that (NCGA Director of Handicapping and Course Rating) Jim Cowan is discussing with us,” Hunewill said. “It’s always evolving. It’s been a lot of fun.”


The NCGA is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit ncga.org/play/volunteeer