The Kentucky PGA is pleased to announce the election of the latest Kentucky PGA Member to represent The PGA of America.The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of The PGA’s 14 Districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.
Kelly Williams, 36, of Georgetown was elected to serve a three year term as District 10 Director for the Kentucky, Carolinas and Middle Atlantic PGA Sections. He will succeed Rick Murphy of Greensboro, North Carolina, as District 10 Director. Williams was elected to membership in 2007 and is the PGA General Manager at Greenbrier Golf and Country Club in Lexington. He is the current Kentucky PGA President, presently serving on the Kentucky PGA Board for eight years. Williams’ professional accolades include being named the 2013 Kentucky PGA Professional of the Year and the 2011 and 2009 Kentucky PGA Horton Smith Award Winner. He also serves on the PGA’s National Marketing | Communications Committee.
“I am humbled, honored, flattered and ecstatic to have been elected by the KPGA Board of Directors to serve as the incoming District 10 Director. My sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the entire KPGA membership and staff for putting your faith and support in me as a leader for the last eight years and the next four. I would also be remiss if I did not mention Chris Osborne, who ran against me for this position. He deserves to be recognized and thanked for his last 10 years of service to our KPGA Board of Directors and for his willingness to make the potential commitment to leadership. He is a great friend and someone I will continue to lean on in the future. I’m also extremely fortunate I have the full support of my wife Lindsay and son Cameron and ownership/membership at Greenbrier. The time commitment to this position is large and I’m grateful to have their blessing to pursue a position so important to me. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity, I look forward to your input on what direction I can provide to serve our members, and grow our game,” said Williams.
Williams will be sworn in at the PGA Annual Meeting in November of 2016. Prior to this time, he will spend a year shadowing Murphy.
The PGA of America is an organization made up of over 28,000 golf professionals, each of whom is dedicated to promoting the game. The PGA of America functions as a service organization to its member professionals, providing continuing education, personal development, employment services, competitive tournaments, and certification. In addition, there are several benevolent functions the PGA of America provides to members, their families and the entire golfing community. To provide these services on a local level, the PGA of America is divided into 41 subsidiaries, or Sections. The Kentucky Section of the PGA (KPGA) is one of 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Formed in 1925, the Kentucky Section, the parameters of which are determined by the border for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is made up of over 300 PGA Members and Apprentices across the Commonwealth, each of whom is dedicated to promoting the game in Kentucky. Formed in 1925 and headquartered in Louisville Kentucky, KPGA made up of over 300 PGA Members and apprentices across the Commonwealth. The KPGA is dedicated to the promotion of the game of golf and providing ongoing education and professional development of Kentucky PGA Professionals. Kentucky PGA Professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions, which include general management, golf instruction, tournament operations, golf shop merchandising, junior golf programs, golf club repair, and much more. KPGA is a founding member of Golf House Kentucky, the umbrella organization that manages Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations.