An extensive list of achievements in the game of golf has earned Mike Bell the honor of Indiana Golf Hall of Fame member. He was inducted on November 20, 2009, at his home club, the Country Club of Indianapolis in front of friends and family.
Whether serving as a board member or participating as a player, Bellís involvement with the IGA goes back decades. In 1973 he was victorious at the Four Man Team and in 1977 he won the Four Ball Championship. Three other Four Man Team titles followed in 1984, 1985 and 1996. In 1999 and 2004, he took the Mid Amateur Team Championship, and in 2002 won the Indiana PGA Senior Pro Am. Individually, he claimed the Senior Open Championship in 1999, Senior Amateur Championship in 2006, and Senior Match Play and Mid Amateur Championships in 2005. At the closing tournament to the 2006 IGA season, the H.H. Gregg Indiana Golf Championships, he placed first in the senior division. Bellís competitive success earned him a spot on the IGA Challenge Cup team an impressive 24 times. It also made him the Senior Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
His success spilled over into non-IGA events in Indiana as
well. The Country Club of Indianapolisí Club Championship title has gone to
On the national scene,
The 2006 season included many triumphs for Bell that led to Golfweek naming him the National Senior Amateur Player of the Year. In addition to the US Senior Am, he was the senior champion at the Porter Cup, Lupton Cup, Adams Golf Senior Championship, Gasparilla Senior Invitational, Golfweek Senior Amateur Championship, and Riverwood Invitational.
For his numerous golfing accomplishments both on the course
and as a volunteer,