MentiThe Minnesota men's golf team announced Robbie Kelley of Minnetonka, Minn., to a national letter of intent.
Kelley, a 2004 all-state selection at Hopkins High School, was named an Honorable Mention All-American on the Future Collegians World Tour last summer and recorded three top-10 finishes in American Junior Golf Association events in 2004. Kelly has been named all-conference three straight seasons and has been the MVP of his high school team since his freshman year.
In 1999, Kelley won six Minnesota PGA Junior events at the age of 12. Kelley was the youngest player to qualify for the Minnesota State Junior Match Play as a 14-year-old. At 15, Kelley qualified for his first AJGA major, the AJGA Tournament of Champions, and recorded two AJGA top-10 finishes in the summer of 2002. In addition, he qualified for both the Minnesota State Open and the State Amateur as a 16-year-old. Kelley chose the Gophers over the top-10 collegiate golf programs, New Mexico and Southern California.
"I am thrilled to welcome Robbie to the Minnesota golf program," said head coach Brad James. "Robbie is the best junior golfer in the state of Minnesota and one the top players in the country. He is a strong student and a dedicated athlete. Robbie will have a large role in the future of this program, and undoubtedly, will have great success as a Golden Gopher student-athlete."