Senior Director of Handicapping & Course Rating

Kelly Neely was raised in Roseburg Oregon and after graduating from Roseburg High School, attended Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon State University.  In her relentless, time-wasting pursuit of becoming well-rounded, she tried many vocations such as sign-painting, bartending, custom picture-framing, banking, and retail. She joined the Oregon Golf Association in 1994 and was given the Handicapping Department within two weeks. This wasn’t because she was a quick study, it was because no one else would take it on. 

More than twenty years later, she is still here, purely from stubbornness. She has no idea where the time has gone, but she has a longer title now. In her time with the OGA, she has served on two GHIN (Golf Handicap Information Network) Committees, and a held five-year term on the USGA’s Handicap Procedure Committee. 

In her free time, she answers handicapping questions on her iPhone. She also reads cookbooks like they are novels, loves film noir, and enjoys exploring Yamhill County Wine Country when she runs out of vodka.  Kelly has developed a new passion for yoga, which takes her to a happy place where handicapping doesn’t exist. She tries to travel to the Oregon Coast as much as possible, where she dreams of retiring someday to live in a yurt with a minimum of five dogs. 

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