Kingsley Kelly, who is an Alumnus of Somerset College (Class of 2008) is now ‘living the dream’ as a touring Golf professional. This week he has a start in the New South Wales Open which is being held at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. The course was opened in 2012 and is Sydney’s first Greg Norman designed golf course.
I recently caught up with Kingsley and here is a little of his story in his own words.
“Golf has always been a passion of mine at school and even after graduating from Bond University with an International Business degree, for me getting a degree was always a priority so I put my golf career on hold. Whether Golf would work out or not after was up to me. Whilst at University, I took part in various amateur tournaments around Queensland and Inter-State also representing Bond at all the University Games for Golf.
After finishing my degree, I then pursued my passion to play professional golf on tour. I knew it would not be easy so I gave myself almost a year of training and various competitions overseas to get me to the next level. I then attended Qualifying school, which was a definite eye opener for every good player. Upon qualifying, I have played a full schedule on the secondary Asian Tour and Thailand Golf Tour. It has been good for my development and learning of the game. This included learning how to travel, playing consecutive tournaments and also immersing myself in diverse cultures.
I have to say it has been a tough year but also one of the best years of my life. I am no prodigy by any means but I am doing what I love and chasing my dream. My journey has only begun and I look forward to what's to come. After moving from Hong Kong to Australia, I have to give a lot of credit to the kick-start from Somerset giving me the chance to play golf weekly and then for me to take it on myself.”
I looked up some old photos and found the attached one which is from 2007 when Kingsley (centre), Tom Steinhour (left) and Alex Phillips (right) represented Somerset College at the State Team Championships at Nudgee Golf Club (and finished third). And now to the present ... also shown is a photo of Kingsley’s practice round on Monday.
Best of luck Kingsley and have a great tournament this week!