The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) board of directors has appointed Mike Kelly as its next executive director, following a four month interim role.
“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,” said GAO president Christian Osborne.
“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,” added Osborne.
Kelly joined the GAO in 2006 after nine years with ClubLink Corporation and has served in a variety of roles, most recently as managing director of sport.
Kelly has helped pioneer Golf in Schools, Team Ontario, National Junior Golf Development Centres and the World Junior Girls Golf Championship.
After receiving a golf scholarship to Union College in Kentucky, Kelly, a Class A member of the PGA of Canada, graduated from the Professional Golf Management program at Georgian College, where he received the Board of Governors Distinguished Alumni Award.
“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.
“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.