June 29, 2017
By: Tom Meikrantz
Kelly Gutshall recently passed away at the age of 92. Gutshall was a member of Lehigh's Class of 1950 and took over the men's golf program in 1992 coaching them for 17 years. He also guided the women's program for it's
first five years.
A member of the inaugeral class of the Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame, Gutshall shot his age or lower an astounding 1,452 times, a feat I believe he's most proud of. It began with a 68 at age 68 in 1992 at Wedgewood Golf Course and I was on hand in 2010 when he returned to Wedgewood to fittingly shoot an 81 at age 81 to shoot his age for the 1,000th time. I was amazed at the chart he kept updating all 1,000 rounds and how good his short game was.
His drives were as good as one could expect from someone his age. His love for the sport of golf was unmatched and his obituary was divided into a "front nine" and "back nine."