Talk about a quick rebound! Just weeks after finishing her rookie year as the 2013–2014 coach of the Hamilton Southeastern freshman girls’ basketball team, Brittany Kelly is eager again to feel the texture of the ball in her palm. Only this time the ball will be a little smaller, a little firmer and white in color, as Brittany is also the assistant golf pro at the esteemed Hawthorns Golf & Country Club and by all accounts a scratch golfer!
The Ball State grad golf-pro-turned-basketball-coach has just returned from Florida for continuing education and work on her Professional Golf Management program. Brittany is in the zone and ready to take her coaching skills off of the court and out onto the greens and fairways.
“My favorite thing about coaching is passing on the lessons that were taught to me, seeing the results in the players when they are able to execute the lesson and really enjoy the game,” she says.
Brittany is blessed to have been coached and mentored along the way by the best, HSE girls’ basketball Coach Chris Huppenthal, during her 2005 and 2006 sectional winning seasons. But it was her own father, Ken Kelly, the 2013 head coach of the state champ Carmel girls’ golf team, whose patient and intentional introduction to the game of golf when she was 8 that has made a heartfelt impact on Brittany’s life.
“My Dad inspires me every day. He let me decide if I liked golf or not at a young age and never pressured me to play. Growing up as a coach’s daughter inspired me to be just like my Dad. He is known as a caring, passionate coach. I hope I can make a difference in basketball and golf like he did with his players,” she says.
Her focus now is on the start of her second season at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, where she is organizing the highly regarded women’s league, marketing and preparing the Get Golf Ready clinics. No matter what the task, she tries to pass along the life lessons that were so freely and lovingly given to her: Work hard, have fun, be with friends and love the game. Those qualities are all par for the course for the very accomplished and driven Brittany Kelly.
You can email Brittany at Bkelly@hawthornescountryclub.com or call her at 317-845-0330, ext. 234.
Writer / Christy Watson