John Kelly – Hall of Fame Award

On Wednesday 2nd May the annual Strabane District Council ‘Peoples First Sports Award’ was held in the Alley Theatre.

The club had a few nominations – the Fred Daly team was nominated for the Young Team Award.  Enda Kennedy was nominated in the Achievement Award and John Kelly was nominated for the Hall of Fame award.

Our big winner was John Kelly who was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Compare, Paddy Hunter, read out the following:

John Kelly is now 90 years of age. He started his golf in the early forties as a caddy at Carricklee, Strabane’s old 9 hole course. He joined Strabane Golf Club in 1948 until he retired from golf last year due to ill-health. John has been a great ambassador for Strabane Golf Club and Strabane town. He has won 8 Captains Day Prizes, recorded 10 aces and at one stage held 10 course records in Counties Tyrone, Derry and Donegal. He has won 3 Tyrone Championships in a row at Omagh, Cookstown and Dungannon in the early fifties. He also won the North-West Scratch Cup 2 years in succession and the President’s Prize at City of Derry in 1951.
He has competed at the Irish Open Amateur Championships at Royal Portrush and Royal Dublin.
In recent years John has been sponsoring the Junior section of Strabane Golf Club in the hope to find the ‘next John Kelly’.

 John walked onto the stage, to a great reception, to accept his award.  He spoke to Paddy about his favourite course and his love for the game, he said that he wished he was young enough to played along side the likes of McIlroy and McDowell.

One Response to “John Kelly – Hall of Fame Award”

  1. Daveboy says:

    A total gent and a great golfer – So deserving of recognition within the club and the Strabane district at the very least!

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