Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Kelly Gilley

Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 was a good year for everyone, and that 2018 will be even better.

To kick-off the Member Spotlight this year, I thought it would be valuable to introduce you to Kelly Gilley, PGA Career Consultant who serves both Northern and Southern Texas PGA Sections.  Many of you have have met Kelly before, but as our Career Consultant, it is important that you get to know her a bit better and how she can help you!

Kelly began her role as the PGA Career Consultant in July of 2017.  Before this role, she spent time at the Southern Texas PGA (2012-2017), Sequoia Golf (2003-2012), Canongate Golf Clubs (1997-2003, when it was purchased by Sequoia), Sea Island (1996-1997) and Tradition Club (1995-1996).  This year will mark Kelly's 20th year as a PGA Member.

Outside of golf, Kelly enjoys time with her husband Steve who is a former mini-tour professional with a total of 26 professional wins to his credit! He is now a golf course superintendent at Panorama Village Golf Club. They met while they were both assistant professionals at the Tradition Club. They have two daughters, Cameron (16) and Liza (14).

What does your current role as the regional employment consultant entail? I am here to help advance the careers of PGA Members in any way possible. That can take on a variety of forms, from providing compensation information, assisting with resume review or interview preparation, to pointing the Member toward resources to make them more valuable to their facility and much more.

What are a few common misconceptions that our PGA Members may have about your role? The biggest misconception is that Members don’t need the consultant unless they are unemployed. My goal is for the Member to see me both as an extension of their personal industry “tribe” as well as their golf operations staff. I want them to know I am a resource available as needed.
How can our PGA Members help you to maximize this role as a valuable resource?  Set up  a time to sit down with me annually and review your career goals, your CareerLinks profile, your succession planning at your club, your own future career plans, etc. I look forward to getting to know each of you that I haven’t met, and I ask you to consider this just as you would an annual doctor check-up. You have worked hard to get where you are, so let’s keep your career on track and moving forward. If I can help with that in any way, it would be my pleasure to do so.

What do you love about the golf business? Throughout my life, a number of people have influenced me in a positive and meaningful way. Almost all of those have been people I have met either playing golf or working in the golf industry. Relationships built around a common love of the game are strong and have enriched my life tremendously.

Who got you started in the game? My father, Andy Pittman, who has been a PGA Member since 1978, taught me a love of the game from a very early age and was my instructor. 

Did you play college golf? Yes, I played collegiate golf at Florida State University. Go ‘Noles!

What is your most memorable moment in golf? Tough to drill down to just one, but if I had to I would say making it to the quarterfinals of the 1993 US Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club with my brother on the bag. It was by far the best week of competitive golf I have ever played.

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? I had the opportunity to play Augusta National as a teen. It will never get better than that! 

Who makes your dream foursome? Hogan, Palmer and my dad.

Have you played golf with anyone famous? Not really, just some among the golf ranks. I played a collegiate round with Annika Sorenstam and my first round on the Futures Tour with Karrie Webb. 

What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? The Old Course at St. Andrews

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I also have a brother, Drew Pittman, who is a PGA Member in the Georgia Section. He loves to compete and does pretty well in their Section events.

What are some of your hobbies? I like to do anything outdoors with my dog. My family says I love her more than them…not true, but she’s way up there on my list!   

What is your favorite type of music? I love all types of music, but I’m a big fan of both Billy Joel and Elton John.

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? I’ve always loved Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella.

What is your go-to karaoke song? Wow, it would take a lot to get me to sing in front of anyone! But, probably 25 years or so ago I had fun with friends singing Love Shack!