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Bill Pollert Recognized as 2021 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year; Brittany Kelly Honored as the 2022 Recipient

August 17th, 2021

Last night, our 2021 Indiana PGA Special Award winners were recognized at a banquet at the Country Club of Indianapolis.  These awards are typically presented at our Annual Indiana PGA Spring Business Meeting, but due to COVID-19, this year’s meeting was held virtually.  Our most prestigious award was presented to Bill Pollert of Highland Golf and Country Club, as he was named the 2021 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year.  
 
The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as an overall PGA Professional. Winners must possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the Section and the game of golf.  Pollert has served as a Head Golf Professional for the past 15 years, and at Highland G&CC for the past 10.  He also recently completed his two-year term as the Indiana PGA Board President.  When accepting his award, Pollert thanked those who mentored him over the years and praised the support he continually receives from his staff.
 
Other award winners included:
  • Teacher of the Year: Jason Carbone, Woodland CC
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Ted Bishop, The Legends GC
  • Professional Development Award: Todd DeHaven, Indiana Golf
  • Youth Player Development Award: Crystal Morse, The Legends GC
  • Player Development Award: Michael Zedrick, Gray Eagle Golf Club & Academy
  • Assistant of the Year: Nate Holm, Crooked Stick GC
  • Deacon Palmer Award: Gene Kaufman, Etna Acres GC
  • Merchandisers of the Year: Public – John Van Valer, Stony Creek GC, Private – Patrick Dodson, The Sagamore Club, and Resort – Andy Fortner, The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort
After the 2021 awards were presented, another winner was recognized for a special honor.  Brittany Kelly of Woodland Country Club was named the 2022 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year.  Kelly has been involved with Indiana Golf since she began playing in junior events with the Indiana Junior Tour.  In 2020, Kelly was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.  Anyone that knows Kelly, knows that she is strong, hardworking, and an incredibly talented golfer.  It was our honor to present her with this award.
 
After participating on the Junior Golf Tour, Kelly attended Ball State University where she was a three-time All-MAC selection – twice on the first team – and a two-time All-American Scholar. She also became the first Ball State women's golfer selected for an NCAA Regional her senior year.  Kelly set BSU records for single-season scoring average (75.06), career average (76.43) and 54-hole tournament score (215). She went on to play two years on the LPGA Symetra Tour and then became one of the top playing and teaching PGA assistant professionals in the county, first at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers and now at Woodland Country Club in Carmel.
 
In 2019, Kelly was named the Indiana Women's PGA Player of the Year after leading Team USA to victory at the inaugural Women's PGA Cup, competing in her first LPGA major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and winning the Indiana PGA Assistants Championship against a field of men. She also won her second Indiana Women's Open title in 2019 (previous win in ’06) to go along with the Indiana Women's Amateur championship she won while at Ball State in 2009. Kelly qualified for the National PGA Assistants Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and for the PGA Professional National Championship in 2018 and 2020, competing against the men in both. She was also recognized as the Indiana PGA Assistant of the Year in 2017 – the first female to receive this award, and she was also named the Indiana PGA Women’s Player of the Year two years in a row (’19, ’20).  
 
This April, Kelly was inducted into the Ball State Hall of Fame for her tremendous collegiate playing career – as the first golfer to join the Hall of Fame.
 
In addition to her success on the golf course, Kelly also represents the Indiana section PGA as a PGA LEAD graduate, a two-year leadership development program created to provide a deep bench of PGA members from diverse backgrounds who aspire to ascend through the volunteer leadership ranks of the association, and she also serves as an Indiana PGA section board member.
 
"I'm very humbled to receive any kind of award, especially when it comes from the Indiana Section," said Kelly. "This award is so special to me."

In addition to being named the 2022 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year, the Indiana Section also named the Indiana PGA Women's Player of the Year after Kelly. Beginning this year, the award will be officially be known as the Brittany Kelly Indiana PGA Women's Player of the Year Award.