Meet Kelly –

Kelly Fosse of Grinnell quickly became a well-known face around the IGA in the summer of 2023. Very rarely does a player come along to IGA events and truly dive in head first like she did. Fosse played in four IGA women’s events in her first year of joining the circuit and quickly made friends with many of her competitors. Outside of the IGA, Fosse also participates in the Heart of a Lion Amateur Golf Tour, established by former PGA Tour standout John Daly.

After growing up playing golf, Kelly elected to put her clubs down in high school to focus on other sports. The hiatus didn’t last for long, as she would once again pick up the game during her college years at the University of Iowa. Outside of IGA and Heart of the Lion Tour events, Fosse participates in the Amateur Players Tour and weekly leagues at local courses. Off the course, she works as a Farm Mutual Reinsurance Territory Manager at Grinnell Mutual and also volunteers as a firefighter for the Grinnell Fire Department. She’s been with the department for nearly four years and routinely responds to structure and grass fires as well as vehicle accidents, hazmat incidents, and rescue operations. Simply put, no two days are ever the same. Through her involvement with the Grinnell Fire Department, Fosse began participating in the Tunnel to Towers Foundations 5K in New York City. The annual fundraiser is in honor of Stephen Siller who lost his life in the line of duty the morning of September 11th, 2001. Proceeds from the fundraiser are put towards helping America’s heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice of life or limb.

“I am honored to have been chosen to participate in the 100 Competitive Holes Fundraiser for the 100th year of the Iowa Women’s Amateur. I am so incredibly thankful for the Iowa Golf Association and other Iowa amateur tours that have provided women opportunities to play competitive golf. The game of golf has impacted my life incredibly by fostering personal and professional growth, creating a competitive spirit, teaching me diligence in following my dreams, and allowing me to make valuable friendships along the way. My hope is for this fundraiser to not only encourage young female athletes to put themselves out there and reach their full potential in the game of golf, but also for other women to be inspired by the talent they are surrounded by and have the confidence to participate, regardless of age or ability level.”

Holes Played

270

Funds Raised

$1,213

Donors

  • Pamela McGuire – $50
  • Debra Fringer – $50
  • Katelynn Hogenson – $50
  • Lynn Mawe – $50
  • Jake Murrow – $100
  • Chuck Kercsmar – $100
  • Donnae Marley – $100
  • Ken Schall – $100
  • Nancy McGeorge – $100
  • Kevin VanElsen – $250
  • Kathryn Shanahan Gentile – $263
  • Delea Bardach – Pledge ($5/birdie)
  • Denis Carlson – Pledge ($2/par, $2/ birdie, $5/eagle, $10/hole-in-one)
  • Mary Shanahan – Pledge ($2/hole, $2/par, $5/birdie, $10/eagle)

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