I finally got caught up with Troy Kelly, the Tacoma native and pride
of Bremerton who recently tied for 11th at the final stage of PGA Tour
Qualifying School in California, and earned his his card for 2009.
We met Wednesday morning at a local Starbucks. On one hand, the
Central Kitsap High product seemed relieved his wait-and-see days of
getting into professional tournaments were over, at least for one
What was bugging Kelly a couple days before heading back to
California – and a couple weeks before debuting at the Sony Open in
Hawaii – was he was having difficulty getting a credit card. Go figure
that out for a guy who’s about to earn close to $1 million in earnings,
if he plays just average.
We’ll be profiling Kelly the week of his debut in The News Tribune,
but here are some of his comments that I thought were revealing in his
pursuit, going from mini-tours, to odd jobs to now the PGA Tour: