August 14, 2011
London course a 'dream' for Kelly
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
JOHNS CREEK, GA. - Given he was a hockey guy before he was a golf guy, it should come as little surprise Jerry Kelly has a soft spot in his heart for Canada. That especially goes for the Redtail Course in Port Stanley, Ont., near London.
“That’s like a dream place for me. That might be about my favourite place I’ve played,” said Kelly, after finishing off the 93rd PGA Championship with a one-under-par 69 Sunday. That was good for one-over for the tournament and a tie for 26th, matching Kelly’s best finish in the event.
He had the chance to pay Redtail, the exclusive track built by businessmen Chris Goodwin and John Drake, a couple of weeks ago and came away impressed.
“I love Canada as it is, but that place ... you have a couple of guys who get together and build a club like that and keep it in the shape that it’s in? As far as golf goes, I’d definitely go to Redtail before I’d go to Augusta.”
“Well, you wouldn’t be able to do the things at Augusta you can do there,” said Kelly with a laugh.
Kelly said he found something in his game when he played at Redtail, which was ranked 34th on ScoreGolf’s list of the Top 100 Courses in Canada and it helped him here this week at the Atlantic Athletic Club.
Kelly, a native of Madison, Wisc., went to the University of Hartford on a hockey scholarship and switched to golf when hockey was dropped.