Patrick Rielly, PGA

President of the PGA for two years

Patrick Rielly served as the president of the PGA for two years with his term concluding in 1990. He was a standout athlete in both football and golf, earning a scholarship to Penn State in football and track. Rielly also captained the Nittany Lions’ golf team his senior year, and graduated in 1958, with a B.S. degree in Business Management and Labor Mangagement Relation. Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rielly turned to professional golf, and was elected to PGA Membership in 1966. He was a member of the Southern California PGA Board of Directors from 1962-85, and was Section President from 1971-73. Rielly was the 1979 Section Merchandiser of the Year, the same year he completed a three-year term on the PGA’s national Board of Directors. In 2005, he was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award in 1983.