A friend of a friend-Dyrck Fanning-Kyle Covington-October 31

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 31, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

On Thursday we had a special visitor come to UNC Pembroke. North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory was on campus to sign into law Senate Bill 97 which was an act that described the membership composition of a North Carolina state commission.

Governor Pat McCrory signing Senate Bill 97 into law at UNC Pembroke on October 29, 2015

Senate Bill 97

When you have the Governor visit there is much that goes on behind the scenes in preparation for his arrival. I was asked by our Chancellor to help coordinate the visit with a number of entities including the Governor’s office and our team at UNC Pembroke. We had many people involved in making the Governor’s visit to Old Main run very smooth. Some of the leaders on our campus that played a big role in the visit were Joanna Warner, Keela Fruehling, and Travis Bryant just to mention three. They were not the only three but they each had a big role in handling logistics from the campus side.

On the Governor’s Office side there were a number of staffers that helped make the event a success-Lindsey Morton, Meredith McCullen, and Jarrod Lowery. One person who had a big role but quietly worked behind the scenes was NC State Trooper and Lumberton native Kyle Covington.


Kyle has been a NC State Trooper since 2005 and he had a detailed checklist that needed to be completed pre-visit to guarantee the safety of the Governor. This was not the first time I have seen Kyle be around the Governor.

Kyle far right-Governor McCrory in center.

Gov McCrory

He was very comprehensive and professional during his campus visit earlier in the week. On Thursday just before the Governor arrived I observed him as he continually assessed what was going on around the front of “Old Main” the building on campus that the Governor would be entering. He moved quickly and politely asking people moving about the building to hold in place upon the Governor’s arrival. If you didn’t watch him you would not even known what was taking place.

Kyle comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His grandfather, his dad Hubert, and brother Chad have all served North Carolina as NC State Troopers. My daughter Becca is engaged to a NC State Trooper so I personally hold the profession in high esteem. Kyle is married with a beautiful wife and two sons.

Kyle’s family

Kyle Covington

Kyle has been received the State Highway Patrol Valor Awards in recognition of his service on June 8, 2013.  It is the agency’s highest award, and he received it for being one of three troopers who rescued a man from a burning vehicle who wrecked on Carthage Road near Pine Log Road in Lumberton, NC. The honor goes to those who demonstrate “outstanding judgment, courage, personal bravery and a selfless act of heroism.”

Kyle is also one heck of a golfer. He is a nine time winner of the Robeson County Golf Championship and just recently captained a team of golfers from Robeson County who captured the Highland Cup.

The Friend-KYLE COVINGTON-shown with NC State Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried

Kyle and Mark G

The Friend of the Friend-DYRCK FANNING with his son Drew and wife Michelle

Dyrck Fanning

Golfing Competitors

Early in Dyrck Fanning’s professional life he was the course superintendent at Pincecrest Country Club in Lumberton,NC. He had a teenager working for him named Kyle Covington. At the time Dyrck had won five Robeson County Golf Championships.

Kyle would sometimes seek golfing advice from Dyrck while he was working at Pinecrest CCand he provided it. Today Dryck is the General Manager at Bayonet at Puppy Creek an excellent golf course located just outside of Raeford, NC.


Dyrck’s course host many golf tournaments including the Highland Cup. The Highland Cup is an event where golfers from Robeson County (NC) compete against Cumberland County (NC)

Kyle Covington was the Captain and he selected his old boss and now friend Dyrck Fanning to be on the team. The Robeson County team was victorious.

Highland Cup Champion photo-Dryck Fanning located on back row 2nd from the right.

Highland Cup

Dyrck and his wife Michelle have a son named Drew who graduated in May from UNC Chapel Hill. That was a challenge for Drew’s parents since they are NC State disciples. NC State is also special to Kyle Covington.

Kyle Covington and Dryck Fanning are not just golf champions they are champions in how to live your life. Glad they call Robeson County, NC home.


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