Written by Jeremy Beale

Kelly Lawson: A Decade of Service to the Middle Atlantic PGA

Dear MAPGA Members and Associates,

I want to formally announce my resignation as Director of Membership and Community Outreach of the Middle Atlantic PGA. I started my journey with the Section in 2008 while working for the summer as a junior golf intern. It was never my intention to have a career in the golf industry, let alone the best Section of the PGA, but that’s the way the putt rolled and I couldn’t be happier that it did.

Over the past ten years, I’ve been blessed with experiences I otherwise would have never had. I’ve built relationships with not only my members but their spouses and families. I’ve traveled your paths right alongside you as you experienced the loss of a job or the promotion you’ve worked so hard for. While you may not know it, I’ve celebrated those successes and mourned your losses right along with you.

Without a doubt, my favorite part about being your Director of Membership was serving you, watching you succeed and being a part of a Section that has trailblazed more than any other and will continue to do so. It’s you, the PGA Members and Associates, that drive this association to succeed. Your dedication to the game and the badge is remarkable, it doesn’t go unnoticed and I am forever in awe of your grit! I’m incredibly sad for this relationship to end, but equally excited about my future and the endless opportunities that await me.

I’ve accepted a government position in the Human Resource department at Dahlgren Naval Base in King George, Va. where I’ll be doing what I love, helping others succeed. This was not a career I actively pursued (especially at five months pregnant), however, the divine intervention was too strong to deny this was my time to transition. My last day in the Section office will be Thursday, June 6th.

You will all be deeply missed, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for a decade of memories.


Kelly Lawson