Bill Kelly, general manager at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, has been named executive professional of the year by the Professional Golfers’ Association of BC, while the course itself earned facility of the year honours.
The PGA of BC held an online broadcast Wednesday of its 2020 awards celebration.
“We’ve got a great team,” Kelly said. “I think the people are key…The golf course has been in fantastic shape, and the facility itself is really second to none with the property we have. It’s a combination of the property, the facility, the people.”
The Crown Isle team includes professionals Rod Prieto (director of golf), Brian Wise and Mark Valliere. All three played in the PGA of BC Championship, which Crown Isle hosted in August.
“It was a tough year this year,” Kelly said. “I think we handled the COVID pandemic very well by keeping everyone safe and following all our protocols. We were one of the only courses that didn’t close throughout the pandemic.”
Kelly joined Crown Isle last October after 14 years as head pro at Glacier Greens Golf Course in Comox. He has previously won a few regional awards — including teacher of the year — but this is his first provincial honour. The national awards will be announced in January.
PGA of BC executive director Donald Miyazaki credits Crown Isle as being a first-class operation that is more than deserving of the Golf Facility of the Year Award.
“Bill and his team provide a tremendous experience to all guests, including our competitors in this year’s TaylorMade & Adidas Golf PGA of BC Championship,” Miyazaki said. “What’s unique about Crown Isle is right in the resort’s name – it’s a true golf community, and it’s the people there who really help take things to the next level.”