Sean Kelly
Sean  Kelly

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Staten Island, N.Y.

High School:
Saint Stephen's Episcopal


Awards/Honors

  • 2015-16 University of South Carolina Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • 2015 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2012 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2015-16 (RS Senior)

  • Placed T-40th at the NCAA Championship, helping the Gamecocks qualify for match play
  • Shot 69 (-1) in the NCAA Championship stroke round, helping the Gamecocks surge from 12th to seventh and make the match play portion of the tournament for the first time
  • Grabbed his third straight top-10 by finishing T-10th at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with a three-round total of 215 (-1)
  • Played in 10 tournaments, with a stroke average of 73.23
  • Was Carolina's top performer at the SEC Championship, finishing T-10th
  • Shot the team's best round at the SEC Championship, a 68 (-2) en route to a total score of 215 (+5)
  • Placed T-10th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a score of 215 (-1) as the Gamecocks won the team event
  • Finished T-12th at the Shoal Creek Invitational in September after shooting a 2-over 218
  • Set a new career-best at the Camden Collegiate Invitational in October by carding a 5-under 65 in the second round
  • His 65 at Camden was part of school record 265 the Gamecocks shot in the second round en route to the tournament title

2014-15 (RS Junior)

  • Solidified spot in the postseason lineup with strong spring
  • Played in 11 tournaments, including eight as a member of the lineup
  • Recorded five top-20 finishes, including one top-10 showing
  • Posted a stroke average of 72.71
  • Season-best finish was a tie for eighth showing at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate
  • Helped lead Gamecocks to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Bremerton Regional with a tie for 20th finish with a total of 214 (-2), including a second-round 68 (-4)
  • Carded a career-low 67 (-5) in the second round of the Bayou City Collegiate Championship and matched it in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate
  • Posted a career-low 54-hole total of 213 (-3) at the Seminole Intercollegiate
  • Finished tied for 49th in second career NCAA Championship appearance
  • Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2013-14 (Junior)

  • Redshirted
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2012-13 (Sophomore)

  • Made a resurgence in the lineup in the spring and played in six team events on the season
  • Finished with a stroke average of 74.95
  • Had a season-best tie for 23rd finish at the SEC Championship with rounds of 76-68-75=219 (+9) to help lead the Gamecocks to a runner-up finish
  • Season low was a 68 in the second round of the SEC Championship
  • Tied for 48th a the NCAA Columbus Regional to help the Gamecocks secure their first NCAA Championship berth since 2009
  • Tied for 144th in first career NCAA Championship appearance
  • Also played in the Savannah Quarters Individual and finished in a tie for fifth with rounds of 73-71-74=218 (+2)
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2011-12 (Freshman)

  • One of the top freshmen in the SEC
  • Played in eight of 12 tournaments
  • Posted two top-20 finishes, including one top-five showing
  • Stroke average of 74.13 ranked fifth on the team
  • Had a breakout tournament with a third-place showing at the Rees Jones Invitational in the fall, shooting rounds of 81-69-70=220 (+4), to lead team to a runner-up finish
  • Claimed 12th place to open the spring at the Seahawk Invitational (76-75-68=219)
  • Final-round 68 at the Seahawk Invitational was a season low
  • Finished NCAA Southwest Regional in a tie for 48th with rounds of 73-81-75=229 (+13)
  • Carded five rounds of par or better
  • Member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Prior to South Carolina

  • Graduated from Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
  • Top 50 player in the American Junior Golf Association Polo rankings and Golfweek Rankings
  • Ranked No. 1 junior player in the state of New York
  • Named a Leadbetter First-Team All-American
  • 2010 U.S. Amateur participant
  • Finished in a tie for fourth at the 2011 Terra Cotta Invitational and at the 2011 AJGA Taylormade Junior at Innisbrook
  • Involved with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, La., in May 2010 and May 2011
  • Honor Roll student as a freshman and sophomore and Dean's List student as a junior and senior

Personal

  • Full name is Sean Patrick Kelly
  • Parents are Timothy and Colleen Kelly
  • Chose South Carolina over Wake Forest, Auburn, Virginia and North Florida
  • Majoring in accounting

Career Statistics
Year Events Rounds Low 54 Low 18 Par/Better Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Strokes Average
2011-12 8 23 218 68 5 1 0 2 1,705 74.13
2012-13 7 21 218 68 3 1 1 1 1,574 74.95
2013-14 Redshirted
2014-15 11 34 213 67 10 0 1 5 2,472 72.71
2015-16 10 31 215 65 11 0 3 4 2,270 73.23
Total 36 109 213 65 29 2 6 12 8,021 73.59