Will Collins, student of Patrick Kelley, Old Chatham Golf Club PGA instructor, has been making a name for himself on the eGolf Tour after back-to-back impressive showings. The 24-year-old became a hometown hero at the Salisbury Classic on Oct. 4 thanks to a birdie on the third extra hole in a sudden death playoff. Collins finished the weekend at 16 under par, capping off his first eGolf Tour win.
He responded well to his victory the following week by proceeding to tie for second at the North Stone Open on Oct. 10 in Huntersville, N.C. Collins, Ted Brown and Jonathan Randolph each finished the weekend with a score of 9 under par.
Collins recently began working with Kelley after spending 10 years with his former instructor. He gives much credit to Kelley for his success on the course.
“I was with my old teacher for 10 years, and he did a lot to get me to where I was,” said Collins. “But I have put in a lot of good work with Patrick. He has been very helpful toward me and has taken a lot of my weaknesses and turned them into positives in my game.”
Kelley works with clients of all ages and skill levels, including beginners and American Junior Golf Association and Professional Golf Association (PGA) players. In addition to Collins, his professional clients include Brad Fritsch, David Mathis, Andrew Putnam, Michael Putnam and Justin Walters, who have won a combined eight PGA tournaments. His sponsors include Adidas, Lonesource and TaylorMade.
“I am proud of Will for his many recent accomplishments on the eGolf Tour,” said Kelley. “He has worked hard to develop his skills and become the player he is today. I think we will be hearing Will’s name quite a bit in the future.”
ABOUT OLD CHATHAM GOLF CLUB:
Established in 2001 by area business leaders, Old Chatham Golf Club is a Triangle-based club with the charm and character of the classics. A Rees Jones design, Old Chatham Golf Club is nestled just minutes from the I-40 corridor with 400 acres of rolling hills rich in native pines and oaks. In this secluded yet convenient location, members and their guests can escape to the tranquility of an uncrowded retreat, which is characterized by gracious hospitality with an emphasis on quality and comfort. For more information, visit http://www.oldchathamgolf.org.