Golf is a sport that is considered a gentleman's game, despite what you see professional golfers doing on television by slamming clubs. Adrian College senior Jordan Kelly prefers to leave the antics to the pros. Kelly exemplifies what the word sportsmanship means.
A local product, Kelly attended Adrian High School before moving on to Adrian College where he has been one of the Bulldogs top golfers during his four seasons. At the conclusion of the fall 2010 golf season, Kelly was rewarded by being honored with the MIAA Sportsmanship Award.
"It was an honor to have received the sportsmanship award because it speaks volumes to my parents and family who raised me," Kelly stated. "Being awarded the MIAA sportsmanship award is the most meaningful award I've received in my life. It means so much because it speaks about someone's character. Good character requires a positive attitude even in times of turmoil. It also includes respect being shown to everyone else and that's one of the things that I pride myself on doing, being positive and being respectful. I'm just incredibly thankful and blessed to be acknowledged by my peers and coaches around the conference."
This past season Kelly tied the MIAA record for lowest 18-hole score with a 65. Instead of celebrating in grand fashion, Kelly was overwhelmed with people congratulating him on an outstanding feat. "You always know what you are getting from Jordan," Head Coach Troy Martin stated. "He is friendly to competitors, coaches and spectators. He is a great role model for our younger players on how to carry yourself on the course. His personality on and off the course is great. Other players in the conference would constantly request to play with him during jamborees."
Steve Tyler, the men's golf coach at Kalamazoo College, was one of the people to nominate Kelly for the award. "We believe that Jordan possesses the qualities of this award," Tyler's nomination form stated. "His spirit represents the character of an MIAA athlete. Jordan is a pleasure to be around on and off the golf course. He also conducts himself as a gentleman to other MIAA teams."
Besides playing golf, Kelly also spends time giving back to younger generations as the freshman boy's basketball coach at Adrian High School. In the past, Kelly has also given his time as a volunteer at the Susan G. Komen "Rally for The Cure" golf tournament.