Golf: Former Elk, Kellie Catron, is new head pro at Minikahda

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Kellie (Catron) Hoiness, former Elk River golfer, is the new head professional at The  Minikahda Club, a private course in Minneapolis.

Hoiness, who joined the Minikahda staff in 2003, became the head pro on Friday, Nov. 1. She succeeded Doug Nelson, who resigned after 20 years.

Kellie Hoiness
Kellie Hoiness

“It has always been my goal to be a PGA Head Golf Professional,” said Hoiness, a 1994 ERHS graduate who played in four state tournaments and won the Elk River Invitational in 1993.

“The Minikahda Club is a special place, rich in tradition, and in history. I am very excited to be given this opportunity. I feel very lucky that I get to have a career in the game that I love.”

Hoiness said she was also fortunate to serve 11 years under Nelson, who was named this year’s Minnesota PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

At Mankato State, she majored in community health and corporate finance while playing for the Mavericks all four years. The team went to NCAA Division II nationals twice.

She was an assistant professional at Minnesota Valley Country Club and StoneRidge Golf Club before arriving at Minikahda, located near Lake Calhoun. She was named  Minnesota PGA Assistant Professional of the Year in 2005.

“She has immersed herself in all the duties of a golf professional,” stated Minikahda president John Larson in announcing Hoiness’ appointment. He added that those include managing and supervising golf operations, working with operations budget and financial statements, buying golf merchandize, maintaining cost-effective levels of inventory,  helping run numerous men’s and women’s golf events, and handling communications duties.