Kelley Brooke Biography

 
Kelley has spent the last 37 years in the golf industry as both a top notched player and as a golf professional. She turned professional in 1991, after completing a successful junior and college career. Among her junior career highlights, Kelley won the Iowa High School State Championship, the Iowa State Junior Championship, competed successfully on the national junior tours, (including the USGA and AJGA) and qualified twice for the LPGA Rail Charity Classic, making her the only high school student in the field of professionals. 

 

After high school, Kelley received a full scholarship to University of Iowa. While at U of I, Kelley was selected to both the All-Big 10 Team and the University World Cup Team, which competed against the world in Sardinia, Italy.

 

After leaving University of Iowa, Kelley turned professional and competed on The Future’s Tour and the Player’s West Tour. After a year of competition, Kelley moved to New Jersey. In 1992, she began teaching at Port Imperial Driving Range in Weehawken, NJ.

 

In 1993, Kelley began teaching at the Staten Island Golf Practice Center on Staten Island. She quickly built her business into a highly successful career. In the past 19 years, Kelley has done many things to change the face of golf and recreation in NYC. Recognizing that their was a void in women’s golf, she created the Kelley Brooke Women’s Golf Clinics, The Winter Strength Training Program (held at the South Shore Jewish Community Center), The Kelley Brooke Winter Golf School for Women and created a private lesson program for more than 1000 women per year. She also created a Psychology of Golf Program for men and women to follow.

 

One of her proudest accomplishments is the formation of the not-for-profit NYC Junior Golf Club, Inc. Also recognizing that youth golf in New York City wasn’t as strong as it could be, Kelley organized a Board of Directors consisting of 12 influential golfers on Staten Island and Brooklyn and created the not-for-profit entity. The club services economically disadvantaged youth along with the average junior golfer. Besides providing instruction, the club provides an eight-week golf league, Pee Wee Tournaments (ages 6-8), a club championship and an awards dinner. Recently, a scholarship program (The Shawn Hicks Memorial Scholarship Program) was started awarding four deserving members of the club with $500 savings bonds each. Currently the organization has 150 members.

 

Following her passion for junior golf, Kelley created the Police Athletic League Golf Program, writing an instructional booklet and educating volunteers on how to teach kids golf. The P.A.L. is a city-wide program that services over 4,000 NYC youth. The Metropolitan New York Park and Recreation Society, Inc. gave Kelley the Community Volunteer Award for her work with junior golf and her involvement with the Police Athletic League. Each year Kelley donates her golf ranges to the Police Athletic League for their golf activities.

 

In 2000 Kelley created the Kelley Brooke Junior Golf Camp. During it’s first two years the camp was sponsored by Coca-Cola. During the next two years Mc Donald’s held that title.

 

During the winter months, Kelley conducted The Kelley Brooke Winter Golf School at Sportsfest on Staten Island. Over 100 kids attended each year.

 

The MET PGA Golf In Schools Program partnered with Kelley in 2004, asking her to become the borough Director. As a result, over 6 high school teams were given weekly clinics and practice time in the Spring of 2005.  In the same year, Kelley began working with the City Parks Foundation.

 

The NYC Board of Education asked Kelley to help them develop a “Fit for Life” Program for children with disabilities in 2000. Kelley donated her time to educate teachers on how to modify the golf swing to accommodate their student population. As a result, over 1,000 children with disabilities throughout the five boroughs have had an opportunity to play a game that would never have been presented to them.

 

Through her work with the “Fit for Life” program, Kelley created the District 75 Summer Golf Program. Unbelievably, children in wheelchairs, children with Autism, children with Down’s Syndrome and children with Cerebral Palsy now play golf weekly throughout the summer. The program has grown to include more than 45 schools, city wide. Now 1500 children meet each week at Randall’s Island Golf Center for organized clinics.

 

In 1998, Kelley wrote a monthly instructional article for the national golf magazine, Junior Golf Magazine. Kelley has also been dubbed “The Apostle of Junior Golf” by one local sportswriter for her tireless devotion to the junior golf cause.

 

In 1997, Kelley was published in Golf Digest. Her instructional tip appeared in the March, 1998 issue. She also created, produced and hosted an instructional golf television program called On the Tee with Kelley Brooke. The 26- week season originally aired on Staten Island Cable, but was also viewed in Brooklyn, New Jersey and Kelley’s home state of Iowa. This year the show will be seen in the whole NYC Metropolitan area, as well as "On Demand".

 

In 2002, Kelley created an after work golf league for adult golfers. The NYC Golf League ran for ten weeks on South Shore Golf Course on Staten Island.

 

In May of 2002, Kelley volunteered her time to the Staten Island University Hospital on The National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing Program. As a result, Kelley now works in the NYC Department of Education’s Adaptive Physical Education Program, advising staff on adaptive techniques for children with physical handicaps.

 

In 2001, Kelley was also honored by The Soroptimist International of Staten Island, as a Woman of Distinction. She was honored at the “Making a Difference for Women Awards” luncheon. The “Boy Scouts of America” presented Kelley the “Woman of Achievement” award, for her work with New York’s youth in 2007.

 

In 2004, Kelley was awarded the Federal concession of managing Brooklyn Golf Center (the only driving range in Brooklyn) and Riis Park Golf Course. This undertaking was a huge accomplishment for Kelley. The contract called for the management of a 76 stall golf range, a food concession, a miniature golf course, around $1 million dollars of capital improvements, the development of youth and adult golf programs and the management of an 18 hole par three golf course.

 

Global Golf Services was facing the task of not only building a new business, complete with clinics, camps, birthday parties, golf outings, etc., but of removing batting cages, tennis courts and old buildings. After demolition, they were to build new putting greens, target greens, heated stalls, a clubhouse, new trees, grass tees, a lesson studio and stadium lighting on the golf course. By year two, 80% of the renovations were completed, all without closing the facilities. While all of the capital improvements were taking place, customers continued to play golf at Riis Park Golf Course and practice at the driving range. Additionally, children’s camps, adult and junior clinics, golf outings and birthday parties were hosted without interruption.

 

Prior to the awarding of the Concession contract to Global Golf Services, there was no organized instruction at the Brooklyn Golf Center. Under Kelley’s supervision, Global Golf Services has taught over 600 juniors in just 18 months time through camps and clinics.

 

In 2005, Kelley was voted one of the Top 50 Golf Instructors in the country by Golf Range Magazine.

 

During the summer of 2006, Kelley formed a new company, North Shore Golf Group, and put a bid in to operate the busiest driving range in the country. She successfully won the contract for Alley Pond Golf Center and started operations June 1, 2007.

 

North Shore Golf Group started its newest endeavor; the renovation and operation of the distressed Randall’s Island Golf Center in Manhattan, NY. After a year of renovation, RIG became the most beautiful facility in North Shore’s portfolio, RIGC boasts 36 holes of miniature golf, a double decker tee line, 320 yards of landing area, a short game area, batting cages, grass tees, a beer garden and grill, a snack bar, a WiFi patio lounge, a new club fitting studio, an instructional studio, a corporate tent and clubhouse. Within two years Kelley turned this failing golf and sports center into a profitable business.

 

Kelley was awarded A Citation of Honor by Borough President Helen Marshal for her work with the District 75 Work Study Program. Each day students with Special Needs work at both Alley Pond and Randall’s performing various jobs. The program is in place to teach these student’s life skills and job training so that they will be able to find employment after graduation.
 
 In 2010, The NYC Mayor’s Office and the Commission on Women’s Issues selected Kelley as a woman who has made a difference during “Women In History Month”. Her taped video interview will be scene on NYC’s Time Warner Cable and at NYCMedia http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycmg/nyctvod/html/home/.

 In 2012, Kelley founded The H2O Generation, a national  manufacturer, outfitter and whole seller of stand up paddleboards. The company has grown beyond expectations in only one year. Currently, H2O Generation products are sold in over 55 stores throughout the United States. Based out of Rockaway Beach, The H2O Generation has adopted Rockaway’s help thy neighbor credo. In 2012, the company created a board donation program, pledging to give one $1,000 stand up paddleboard to a charity in each community that is services. The H2O Generation operated a rental/lesson and touring program last year in Rockaway. Currently the H2O Generation operates a SUP outfitter program in Illinois and Florida. Last year the company hosted a SUP race, stand up paddleboard yoga sessions, demo days and fundraisers.

 Recently, Kelley partnered with restaurateurs Helen Woods and Susan O’Hanlon to operate The Salty Sister Café at Randall’s Island Golf and The Salty Sister Tacos at concert venues such as The Governor’s Ball and The Electric Zoo. Susan O’Hanlon, the founder of famed Mexican restaurants Agave and Mojave, and Helen Woods, the manager of numerous Irish restaurants (Tir Na Hog) and the beautiful 5/9ths restaurant in the meat packing district have turned the food concession into a foodie’s paradise. The creative and delicate menu compliments all of the activities and special events at RIG&S.

 Kelley is also a one third partner in a booking agency, he Invisible Sun, which is one of NYC Entertainment Group’s more fun companies. Founded with Rock Stock & Barrel Founders Jimmy Dowd and Walker Hornung, the goal is to provide DJ and live music options for events, restaurants, festivals and corporate outings and venues.

In Kelley’s spare time, she enjoys participating in triathlons, kayaking, flying single engine Cessna planes, marathon running, ocean swims, surfing and playing golf or tennis.