No Mulligan Here: Kelly (BS ’63) Engineers Career with PGA Tour

Vernon Kelly delivers a lecture

GAINESVILLE, FL: Vernon Kelly (BS IE 1963) delivered the Gregory Lecture on Tuesday, April 24 to students in Sales Engineering.  He reviewed his career, which included over 20 years as President of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties, and shared advice.  “I am convinced that I never would have been as successful without my engineering background,” said Kelly, who worked under Deane Beman, the Commissioner that built the PGA Tour through the 1980s and 1990s.  Kelly’s accomplishments include building TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra and 40 other courses throughout the world (including Japan, China and Thailand) with renowned architects including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Weed, in addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine.  He retired from his post in 2006, but still consults.