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Kevin Newberry, Publisher

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Kevin has 23 years of experience as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune and The Houston Post and 8 years as a corporate communications director. He also has published a number of books, including Shell Golf Guides to Houston, Austin-San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth and Las Vegas. He won numerous awards in corporate communications before creating Houston Links in 2005. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1985. While attending SMU on journalism scholarships, he walked on to the golf team in 1984 when SMU reinstated its golf program. Kevin still plays about eight rounds a month and plays to a 7 handicap. His greatest joy is walking through life with his son, Danny.

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Mark Button, Associate Publisher/Editorial

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Mark Button brings more than 17 years of professional sports writing experience to Texas Links Magazines. He's worked for newspapers such as the Rocky Mountain News, Dallas Morning News, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Mobile Press-Register. He worked for CNN/SportsIllustrated.com in Atlanta for three years as an online editor and columnist. Originally from Kansas, Button has spent the past seven-plus years working for golf magazines in Texas. He started with Avid Golfer in Dallas but moved over to Texas Links in January 2008. A self-proclaimed "naturalized Texan" after living in the state for more than 13 years, Button published his first children's book in November 2011. "Finding Ti Ming & Tem Po, Legend of the golf gods" promises a magical journey filled with character-building life lessons. Button plays golf about four times a month and carries an 8.7 GHIN handicap index.

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Kenny Hand, Associate Publisher/Advertising

author-kenny handFor more than 40 years, Kenny has been an award-winning media fixture in Texas, the past 35 years spent in Houston. A native Texan who was born in Dallas and went to high school in Pittsburg, Kansas, he graduated from Texas-Arlington and embarked on a sportswriting career that carried him from the Arlington Citizen-Journal to the Dallas Times Herald, where he worked for the legendary Blackie Sherrod, and on to the Houston Post.  At the Post he was a baseball writer covering the Houston Astros for eight seasons, then a sports columnist for 10 years. In addition to his vast print experience, Kenny has been a regular panelist for the last 20 years on Channel 13's Extra Points TV show during the football season, has hosted sports talk radio shows for three Houston stations, done several TV sports documentaries and written a book on the Houston Oilers. He has been a long-time voting media member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, is a Lifetime Member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and has long been on the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He joined Texas Links as director of advertising when the magazine began in 2005 and now is an Associate Publisher.

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Pat Wheeler, Online Editor

author-pat wheelerPat Wheeler is a native of Tyler who graduated from SMU with a degree in journalism. He played on the golf team while at SMU but now carries a rather shaky 10 handicap. Before joining the staff of Texas Links in 2010, Pat wrote freelance for several years in Georgia. Golf history is Pat’s favorite topic, as demonstrated in his 2010 series, “The Late, Great Beer and Barbecue Circuit.” Pat Wheeler joined the Texas Links staff in 2010 after several years of freelance writing in Georgia. A native of Tyler, Pat has a degree in journalism from SMU, where he played on the golf team in the early 1970s. Relocating back to Texas, Pat now carries a “shaky” 10 handicap and enjoys writing about Texas golf history more than any other topic.

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