FRANKLIN, Ind. — Monday night paid a touching tribute to one of the most highly decorated alumna in Ball State women’s golf history when Brittany Kelly (2007-11) won two awards at the Indiana PGA Section Special Awards Banquet in Country Indianapolis Club.
After receiving the awards in 2021, the Section named Kelly Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year 2022. She is the first female award winner since the award was presented in 1955.
“All of the qualities Brittany showed as a student athlete at Ball State that led to her Hall of Fame career are the qualities she shows as a PGA professional,” Ball State head coach Katherine Mowat said of Kellys Receipt of the award. “She is so highly regarded in the field; she deserves the honor.”
Kelly, diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the fall of 2019, earned the honor of being one of the county’s finest PGA Assistant Professionals, first at The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers and now at Woodland Country Club in Carmel.
For Kelly, however, this wasn’t the night’s greatest honor, as the Indiana PGA had an even bigger surprise in store. For her contributions throughout her golf career, beginning as a player in junior events on the Indiana Junior Tour, Kelly was named Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year Award by the PGA’s Indiana Section.
“This is a really special night and I really wish I could be there,” Kelly said on video to the event attendees, as posted by the PGA. “I am very pleased that this award has been named after me.”
As of this year, the award will be officially known as the Brittany Kelly Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year Award.
“I’m excited to be announced as Brittany Kelly Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year,” continued Kelly. “It’s very special to me. Thank you very much. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for putting this great honor together for me. I am also delighted that I am Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the year, a real honor. “
Another honor Kelly will soon receive for her record breaking golf career with Ball State; Her induction into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame on September 24, 2021. She will be the first woman golfer to be inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame.
A two-time All-American Scholar and three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, Kelly became the first Ball State golfer to be selected for an NCAA Regional during a phenomenal 2010-11 senior season. She set BSU records for the average of the individual season (75.06), the career average (76.43) and the 54-hole tournament value (215).
She played on the LPGA Symetra Tour for two years and then became one of the top PGA Assistant Professionals in the county.
“When Brittany joined the PGA after her career at Ball State, a whole new world opened up for her,” added Mowat. “She found her calling in professional golf, taught and competed. She competed at a very high level, competed against some of the best professionals in the world on both women and men, and did very well for themselves.”
In 2019, Kelly was named Indiana Women’s PGA Player of the Year after leading Team USA to victory in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup, competing in her first LPGA major in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the Indiana PGA Assistants Championship against one Field had won from men.
“She has always honored Indiana Golf and competed in every tournament she could play as a professional,” added Mowat. “Her hard work developing her game has helped her become Indiana PGA Women’s Golfer of the Year in both 2019 and 2020. She also always gives back to the game by playing and promoting golf in Indiana. She visits my team every year and talking to them about life after college in the golf industry and being a real role model for them. “
Kelly also won her second Indiana Women’s Open title in 2019, along with the Indiana Women’s Amateur Championship, which she won at Ball State in 2009. Kelly qualified for the National PGA Assistants Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2019, and for the 2018 and 2020 PGA Professional National Championship against the men in both.
As Assistant of the Year 2017 to the Indiana PGA Section, she is also a member of the National PGA Tournament Committee and the PGA Board of Directors of the Indiana Section.