We have an opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against colon cancer through early detection.
By partnering with the makers of Cologuard starting when I turned 50 years old, I am committing to help increase awareness on the need to get screened.
- JERRY KELLY, PGA PROFESSIONAL
A longtime presence on tour, Jerry Kelly is known for a blue-collar work ethic and grinder mentality befitting his Midwestern roots. The Madison native is in the top 35 all time on the PGA Tour money list, with more than $30 million in career earnings and 11 professional victories.
After a 22-year career on the PGA Tour, Jerry joined the PGA Tour Champions in 2017. In his rookie season at age 50, he won the Boeing Classic outside of Seattle in August. Just three weeks later, he claimed the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship title in British Columbia. Jerry opened the 2018 PGA Tour Champions season with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.
In June of 2017, Jerry teamed up with Exact Sciences, the makers of Cologuard, to help raise awareness of colon cancer and the importance of regular screening beginning at age 50 for individuals at average risk. The Cologuard booth can be seen at PGA Tour Champions events around the country.
UPCOMING CHAMPIONS TOUR APPEARANCES
- October 12-14: SAS Championship – Cary, NC
- October 19-21: Dominion Energy Charity Classic – Richmond, VA
- October 26-28: Investico QQQ Championship – Thousand Oaks, CA
- November 8-11: Charles Schwab Cup Championship – Phoenix, AZ
Q&A with Jerry
What is your proudest accomplishment in your professional golf career?
Jerry: I think my first win at the Sony and having my wife and newborn right there. Having my son in one arm, trophy in the other, and sitting next to my wife. I think that was the coolest moment, that’s for sure.
Later at the Western Open, both sides of our families were at the tournament and that was a cool picture, too. So I look at those picture moments as the best parts of the career.
What drew you to the partnership with Exact Sciences and Cologuard?
Jerry: Passion for helping people. I want to help people understand the need for early detection and know that there’s a non-invasive test that can be used at home. I just think it’s such a great option, and it’s a chance to raise awareness and help people.
How did you and Aaron Rodgers get connected?
Jerry: The Andy North pro-am. We played a hole together, hit it off, and traded numbers. Then we’re in contact and saying “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we played the AT&T together?” All of a sudden we played the AT&T, and it’s been a great friendship. I think he is a really cool individual. He is a really nice human, which goes way beyond being the quarterback for the Packers or a friend. He’s a really good guy.
In the news
- Kelly wins Mitsubishi Electric Championship (PGATour.com)
- Life at 50: Jerry Kelly is playing some of the best golf of his life (USA Today)
- Kelly earns Rookie of the Year honors (PGATour.com)