Introducing William Kelly

One of the fun perks of being in publishing is getting to talk to some famous people. I’ve spoken with Emmitt Smith, Billie Jean King and Phil Esposito … and Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Francesco Molinari (in Italian no less).

And I remember very well the conversations with the not-so-famous as well. This month I had one of those with the charming and hilarious William Kelly, a 5-year-old from Hollywood who made a hole-in-one and is featured on our hole-in-one report (on page 23) this month.

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William is already more accomplished than I am on the course, but hey, the kid started playing when he was 2. He plays three times a week (sometimes four) and is having fun and learning the game his father and grandfather love, under the tutelage of Mike Freglette.

He watches golf on TV all the time, his mother Maggie Bell said, and his favorite player is Phil Mickelson “because he hits good shots.” (Phil is also the favorite of William’s Dad (Cody Kelly) and Grandpa, so he’s a loyal son.) He announced after graduating pre-kindergarten that he wanted to be a pro golfer when he grows up.

And his favorite sport the day we spoke? Baseball.

“I play second base and third base and sometimes home plate.”

So maybe a two-sport star who someday will tell the story of getting a hole-in-one on his first day at golf camp.

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