In the six years since Kalynn Dolby and husband Tom moved their tag-team golf operation from Timber Ridge GC in her native Minocqua to Mascoutin GC in Berlin, Kalynn's charge has been to grow the game at the 27-hole facility that has hosted some of the state's biggest tournaments.
Over that time, Dolby has been able to focus on establishing and developing programs at the club that target women, families and youth. Those include the uber-successful Monday Ladies Happy Hour Clinic, a variety of Get Golf Ready clinics, two PGA Junior League teams and a corporate group lesson package.
For her efforts, the Wisconsin PGA has named her its 2018 recipient of the PGA Player Development Award given annually to the person who shows "extraordinary and exemplary achievements" in growing the game.
“I am truly humbled and honored to have been chosen for the Player Development Award," Dolby said in a statement. "To be recognized for my efforts in growing the game by a section full of incredible and hard working professionals is something I am truly grateful for. This award would not be possible without the support from my club, staff members and especially my husband. ... I am looking forward to growing the game more in 2018.”
It will be hard to top the growth she saw in her programs in 2017. For example, her Monday Ladies Happy Hour Clinic has grown from 30 weekly participants to just over 70 this past season.
Her efforts in youth programming have landed Dolby honorable mention in the U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher selections five times. In addition to the great offerings at the club, she has shown her passion for growing the game and sharing ideas by sitting on the PGA Magazine Women Leaders Council and also being a panelist at the Beyond the Green Seminar at the PGA Championship in 2015.