by: Alyssa Leet
Before Hayden McConnell picked up his guitar tonight at The Heritage to play, I had the privilege to sit down and talk about his music, his love for the game of golf, and his hometown.
Q: What is your history with Marion Country Club?
A: My dad started working here as groundskeeper my sophomore year of high school and I helped him out. I got to know everyone on the course. I spent a lot of time around golfers and learning the ins and outs of this golf course. I have worked on the course every summer since I was 15.
Q: What makes The Heritage unique in your eyes?
A: It’s a small-town country club made up of people who know others by their first name. It’s also a great place to work and golf.
Q: Have you always been an avid golfer?
A: I would not say I am avid, but I’ve been accustomed to spending afternoons at a golf course with my dad ever since I can remember. As my dad learned to golf, so did I. I’ve always enjoyed golf… as long as I do well. [laughs]
Q: How long have you been playing music?
A: I started learning to read music in elementary school and that’s when I taught myself guitar. I started learning songs like “Crazy Train,” “Für Elise,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Now I am a Music Education major at the University of Louisville.
Q: Are you excited to play for The Heritage tonight?
A:Yes, I'm excited to play my music for people. I am also excited to play at The Heritage because I saw the restaurant come together this summer and restore its place in the town.
We, too, are excited to welcome Hayden McConnell to The Heritage tonight to bring his talent back to its roots.