Trading Plates for Putters

A gig waiting tables at Woodshed Smokehouse landed Kenson Short the opportunity of a lifetime when Boo Weekley recruited him to caddie the Pro-Am preceding the 67th annual Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

The pro golfer was seated in Kenson’s section of the restaurant on May 19. After only a brief conversation and a fortuitously scheduled day off, Boo invited Kenson to caddie for him the very next day.

Kenson traded a lunch menu for a golf bag and again served Boo to the best of his abilities – waiting by the ball, interpreting the yardage book, and even offering one or two shot suggestions. According to Kenson, Boo played casually “and went through his round, the Pro-Am, as if it was a practice round.” The practice paid off, as only six days later Boo slipped into the iconic plaid jacket, winning his first championship in five years.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Kenson has always been a fan of the Colonial and was present for Boo’s winning putt. As he recalls, “It was very exciting. I was actually scheduled for a double and a couple of friends helped me out and picked up some shifts so I could go to the tournament. I was there with my girlfriend, actually, and we got to watch him come in to 18. It was definitely nice being there.” Golf is a game of narrow margins - ups, downs, and quick opportunities. Boo won by a single stroke.  – Noah Anderson