A huge congratulations to Luke Kelly, who has formally signed a 4 year golf scholarship with NCAA Div 1 College, Oakland University.
Luke will join the ‘Golden Grizzles’ at the start of the academic year in September 2022, studying Business Management. Based in Michigan, the Grizzles play in the Horizon League and were the 2021 league champions, progressing to the NCAA Regional Finals. This is an amazing opportunity for Luke to join one of the most progressive golf programmes in NCAA Div 1 and gives him the opportunity to develop his skills, compete nationally against the best student athletes in the USA, and earn a top academic degree.
Oakland has some of the finest golfing facilities in Michigan, with 2 championship courses and world class practice facilities right on campus, along with a state of the art $3.5m indoor practice facility due to be added in 2022.
This will be the first time in many years that our club has produced a US Collegiate athlete, and is a great testimony to the junior programme put in place 10 years ago by Brian Dolan, James Sweeney and PGA Professional Seamus McMonagle. Luke started playing at Dunfanaghy aged 10 and through the past 8 years has developed into one of the finest junior golfers in Ireland, having won 3 Donegal Youth Championships with Dunfanaghy, 2 All Ireland pennant's, an Ulster U16 Championship, Irish Boys U17 Championship and overall Irish Boys runner up in 2020, and represented Ulster at U16 and U18 level.
Currently playing of a +3 handicap we hope that Luke can go on a emulate the achievements of one of his hero’s, and another junior who learnt his trade on our links, Paul McGinley. We wish Luke all the best in the US and look forward to following his progress at the top level of college golf.