PGA honors Auburn golf pro

Shawn Kelly is NorCal 2012 Senior Player of the Year
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Shawn Kelly – Senior Player of the Year

PGA Head Golf Professional Shawn Kelly, 52, competed in seven events to finish the Senior Division Tournament Season with a total of 162.75 points.  His points helped him achieve his second consecutive Senior Player of the Year award. He captured the Senior Pro-Pro 8 championship title and tied for first place at the Senior Pro-Pro 5. He was runner-up in the Senior Pro Scotch Championship and the Cal State Club Team Championship. As one of the top 35 finishers in the 23rd Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship in 2011, Kelly represented the NorCal PGA Section by competing in the 73rd Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich., this spring. He was a member of the 2000 PGA Cup Team. During his golf career, he has competed in major championships, including the US Open and several National PGA tournaments.
~ NorCal PGA Section

Shawn Kelly’s game isn’t getting any better — or worse — these days. 

The pro at the Ridge for the last 13 years has noticed his game is staying rather consistent and even-keeled. 
And at 52, Kelly’s still going strong and earning kudos out on the links. 
Last week the Northern California section of the PGA named Kelly as the 2012 Senior Player of the Year. It’s the second year in a row he has won the award for golfers ages 50-64 years old. 
“It’s very exciting,” said Kelly, who started golfing at the age of 10. “It’s my sixth Player of the Year — four juniors and two seniors. Very proud of it.”
Though Kelly has won several of the NorCal awards, the hardware doesn’t come easy.
“You work hard for it,” he said. “It’s an exciting award. You have to play hard and beat top players in Northern California.”
The award ceremony, which honors 16 individuals, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. More than 200 golf professionals and industry leaders are expected to attend. 
“Our honorees do so much every day to help people enjoy their golfing experience, whether it’s by improving their playing ability, creating special events, donating to the community, informing the public or even making sure the right merchandise is available in the Pro Shop,” said, Ted Mattila, NorCal PGA awards chairman, in a news release. “We want to acknowledge and celebrate their many contributions to the game.” 
The players of the year give the crowd a speech. Kelly said he tends to improv his, while making sure to thank his family, sponsors and the Ridge. 
Kelly, who was also the 2005 NorCal Club Fitter of the Year for his knack of fitting golfers into any equipment they desire, hopes to give more speeches at the same ceremony in the future. 
“I’ve still got a lot of golf left,” he said. “I want to match as many junior awards with senior awards. I plan on competing for a while and enjoying every bit of it.”
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