18 Holes 18 Questions: Mary Kelly


18 Holes! 18 QUESTIONS!

Name:  Mary Kelly

Grand Falls Golf Course


Shirley Ryan of Pippy Park Golf Club is a retired Business Instructor who started golfing at age 53 while teaching at CNA-Qatar.  Returning to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2011, she golfed at the city courses, eventually getting involved with the ladies league at Pippy Park, helping to bring it from 30 to 230 members. Shirley sits on the Board of Directors for PPGC, plays bridge, the accordion, and travels extensively. 

  1. What is your full name?
    Mary Frances Kelly
  2. Where were you born and where do you live today?
    I was born in Summerside, PEI and I now live in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  3. What would people be surprised to learn about you and how do you like to relax?
    I think people will be surprised to learn that I am a quilter and like to relax by reading a good mystery.
  4. Are you a member of a golf club and who do you regularly play golf with?
    I am a member of the Grand Falls Golf Club. I still have my very first membership bag tag from 1981. My regular playing partners are Liz Glavine, Jackie Howard and Bernadine Power.
  5. What’s your favorite course that you have played and what course would you like to play anywhere in the world??
    My favorite is Fox Harb’r in Nova Scotia while it’s a toss-up between Augusta National or the Old Course in St. Andrews as a course I’d like to play as neither course allowed women to be members until recently.
  6. Where and when did you start golfing?
    I started golfing here in Grand Falls – Windsor in the summer of 1981.
  7. Can you (briefly) tell us your most memorable golf experience.
    Playing Fox Harb’r golf course as a guest of the Course Manager. It was a wonderful experience.
  8. Can you (briefly) tell us your funniest golf experience.
    My partner and I were playing at Blomidon many years ago and we were paired up with two local men. When the group ahead of us were about 100 yards out from the tee, the two men told us to go ahead and tee off as the group ahead should be out of our range. We said we should wait but they insisted that we hit. I did and sent my ball over the heads of the group ahead. (I did apologize to the group ahead). When I hit my next shot I put it in the hole for an eagle. The men never said another word to us about pace. I had a much better score than both of them at the end of the round.
  9. What is your greatest golf accomplishment?
    I’ve won the Ladies Club Championship several times but winning it in 2022 was extra special to me as I had had cancer surgery just three and a half weeks before the tournament.
  10. How do you like to relax?
    I love to read a good mystery.
  11. What is your most treasured golf possession?
    The card from the first time I broke 80.
  12. What is your best/worst quality on the golf course?
    Best – patience. I don’t get too worked up if we have to wait on slower groups.
    Worst – had a hard time trying to decide this one. Maybe being a stickler for rules at times.
  13. What 3 professional golfers would you like to join you at a dream dinner party?
    Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Patty Sheehan
  14. What 3 people(golfers) would you like to join you at a dream dinner?
    My three golf buddies: Liz, Jackie and Bern
  15. Have you ever had a hole-in-one? What is your best score ever?
    I have had two hole-in-ones – both at the Grand Falls Golf Course – one on Hole # 8 and the other on Hole #12. My lowest score ever was a 73 on my home course a few years ago.
  16. What is your favorite/least favorite golfing hole on a Newfoundland & Labrador golf course?
    My favorite hole is # 18 at Terra Nova.
    My least favorite was #17 at old Bally Haly
  17. What do you think is the worst rule in golf and how would you change it?
    I don’t really have any issues with the rules as they affect everyone equally.
  18. What advice would you give to a young golfer starting to play golf today?
    Learn the rules as soon as possible, as having a good working knowledge of them is always an asset. Also, practice, practice, practice.