Mike Kelly got his wish. The interim Executive Director of the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) was installed into the role officially on Friday. Just a few weeks ago he told Flagstick.com that he was eager for an opportunity to take on the role on a more permanent basis.
Kelly, a member of the PGA of Canada, has spent the last four months in the interim role where he proved his abilities. In that time he demonstrated the acumen to do the job for the GAO Board of Directors.
“I am very pleased to announce Mike Kelly’s appointment as Executive Director of the GAO. Mike has been an integral part of the GAO for the last decade and has demonstrated a clear ability to lead this organization towards a prosperous future. His enthusiasm, work ethic, knowledge and creativity will enable the GAO to pursue our strategic plan that will serve golf in Ontario. I am very excited at the prospect of continuing to work with Michael,” stated GAO President Christian Osborne.
“It is a true honor and privilege to continue to serve the GAO as its next Executive Director, an opportunity which is very exciting for myself and my family,” said Kelly.
Kelly is a well known face within the GAO, having been with the organization for almost a decade. In his most recent position as the Managing Director of Sport he was the key person in the development of the Golf in Schools program, Team Ontario, National Junior Golf Development Centres and the World Junior Girls Golf Championship.
Kelly attended Union College in Kentucky, is a graduate from the Professional Golf Management program at Georgian College and is a two-time Zone and National Award winner within the PGA.
“I’m very lucky to be surrounded by an incredible team at the GAO and look forward to meeting our many opportunities and challenges head on as we collectively work to build golf in every corner of the Province,” added Kelly.