Brittany Kelly, a former Ball State eminent golfer and one of the best PGA assistants in the country, passed away on Tuesday, August 31st. She was 32 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brittany Kelly’s death,” said the Ball State women’s golf head coach Katherine Mowat called. “Her influence not only on our program, but on the game of golf in Indiana and across the country is immeasurable. She has been a fierce competitor who never shrunk from a challenge and one of the most gracious teachers” and promoter of the game. On behalf of the Ball State Athletics Family, we extend our deepest condolences to the entire Kelly Family. “
Kelly, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the fall of 2019, was recently named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year 2022. The first female recipient of the honor, founded in 1955, Kelly began her professional career at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers and most recently worked at the Woodland Country Club in Carmel.
In addition, the Indiana Section of the PGA has been named the Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year Award in Kelly’s honor for contributions throughout her golf career, beginning as a player in junior events on the Indiana Junior Tour.
Starting this year, the award will be officially known as the Brittany Kelly Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year Award.
A three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and two-time All-American Scholarship holder during her Cardinals career spanning 2007-2011, Kelly became the first Ball State golfer to land in. was selected for an NCAA regional 2010-11. 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).
For her record breaking golf career at Ball State, Kelly will be inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame on September 24, 2021. She will be the first woman golfer to earn a place on the legendary list of Ball State athletes and contributors. .
After her career as a player at Ball State, Kelly played on the LPGA Symetra Tour for two years and became one of the county’s top PGA players and teachers.
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.
Breaking barriers and refusing to let cancer break you.
You keep inspiring us all, Brittany Kelly.
– Golf channel (@GolfChannel) May 19, 2021
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 to the Indiana PGA Section in 2017, she is also a member of the National PGA Tournament Committee and the PGA Board of Directors of the Indiana Section.