The Southern Texas PGA Scholarship Committee has selected 18 students to receive a total of $31,000 in 2007 STPGA Foundation Scholarships. The STPGA Foundation has distributed $263,000 in scholarship funds to 118 students since 1999.
"The STPGA Foundation Scholarship Program has grown in leaps and bounds since it was restructured eight years ago," said Doug DeSive, head golf professional at the Corpus Christi Country Club and the chairman of the STPGA Scholarship Committee. "We were able to increase the total number of scholarships awarded by three and the total dollars distributed by $6,000 compared to last year, and that speaks volumes to the degree to which the Southern Texas PGA, its members and the STPGA Foundation are committed to the support of higher education."
"It also speaks very well to the level of support the program enjoys within the southern Texas golf community, and I want to express our appreciation to all the people who have dedicated themselves to raising the funds that support the program," added DeSive.
The stated goal of the STPGA Foundation is "to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education goals for youth who have demonstrated a high level of achievement during high school or college, have financial need, and have shown an interest in the game of golf."
"Each of the scholarship recipients is deserving of our congratulations," said DeSive. "They are all part of a very deserving group of students, and I know I can speak for all the members of the Southern Texas PGA when I say we’re very proud to be able to help them achieve their educational dreams."
Southern Texas PGA Foundation scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including residence within southern Texas, status as full-time students, a minimum grade point average and financial need.
The 2007 Southern Texas PGA Foundation’s Scholarship recipients are listed below. For additional details, please visit the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com) or the attached biographical data.
2007 Southern Texas PGA Foundation Scholarships and Recipients
Tommy Aycock Scholarships
Named after a late Southern Texas PGA golf professional who won the STPGA Section Championship six times. Four Tommy Aycock Scholarships valued at $1,500 each were awarded to students residing in the Corpus Christi area. The recipients are:
• Katie Belser, Ingleside
• Dylan Davis, Portland
• IIeana Hinojosa, Portland
• Ryan Miller, Corpus Christi
Nicholas Battle Scholarships
Nicholas Battle was just becoming interested in the game of golf when he passed away in a tragic accident. Known as a good student and a caring friend, Battle’s early passion for golf, basketball, baseball and running matched his vivacious personality and bright smile. He was only 11 years old at the time of his passing— the Nicholas Battle Scholarships are named in his honor. The recipients of the 2007 Nicholas Battle Scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, are:
• Austin Griffin, Cuero
• Patrick Gunter, Bishop
• Melinda Uriegas, Edinburg
Joe Finger Scholarship
The Joe Finger Scholarship was created in 2004 through the fund raising efforts of Riverhill Country Club members and head golf professional Mark Caldwell. It is named in honor of golf course architect Joe Finger, the designer of Riverhill’s course and a resident of Kerrville until his death in 2003. The $1,000 Joe Finger Scholarship is awarded to a resident of Kerr County. This year’s recipient is:
• Christopher Hendrickson, Kerrville
George Hannon Scholarships
George Hannon Scholarships are presented to students whose primary residence lies with the Austin area (Travis County and the counties contiguous to Travis County). The George Hannon Scholarships are named for the former University of Texas golf coach who served as the president of the Southern Texas PGA in 1972-73 and was twice honored as the STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Hannon is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. There are three recipients of $2,500 George Hannon Scholarships this year. They are:
• Jacob Hanzel, San Marcos
• Kasey Terry, Cedar Park
• Kelsey Thompson, San Marcos
Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship
Hardy Loudermilk was the head golf professional at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio for many years. He was named the 1968 PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year while at Oak Hills, and, in 1968 and 1969, he served as the first president of the Southern Texas PGA Section. The $1,500 Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship is presented to a deserving student who resides in Bexar County or one of the seven counties contiguous to Bexar County. The recipient for 2007 is:
• Lindsey Merritt, Comfort
John Maca Scholarship
John Maca, elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1957, passed away in 2006. His career included a 25-year-stint as the head golf professional at Clear Lake Golf Club, and was the “Pro Emeritus” at Bay Oaks Country Club at the time of his death. Bay Oaks’ membership raised funds to create a new scholarship in his memory— the first-ever John Maca Scholarship, valued at $1,000, was awarded to:
• Carrie Hill, Beaumont
Todd Menefee Scholarships
The Todd Menefee Scholarships are named for a late member of the Southern Texas PGA. Menefee, a long-time head golf professional at San Antonio Country Club, expended considerable effort raising funds to create a junior golf program for San Antonio area youngsters. The scholarship was created from funds arising from his work. The two recipients of $1,500 scholarships for 2007 are:
• Charlotte Berson, Houston
• Kirstie Henning, Whitehouse
Joe Moore Scholarship
The Joe Moore Scholarship, valued at $1,000, is available to all STPGA Foundation Scholarship applicants. It is named for and was created by a San Antonio golfer whose history includes two San Antonio Amateur Championships and a role on a late-1940s NCAA Championship team at Louisiana State University. Moore, a member at San Antonio’s Woodlake Country Club, was the head golf professional at Lackland Air Force Base’s golf course when he retired in the 1980s and played on the PGA Tour for several years. The 2007 recipient is:
• Edward Cooney, Humble
Byron Nelson Scholarship
Named in honor of Byron Nelson, winner of four major championships and a record 11 straight tournaments in 1945, the Byron Nelson Scholarship was established in 2004 through the fundraising efforts of the members and head golf professional Mark Caldwell at Kerrville’s Riverhill Country Club, where Nelson is an honorary member. The $1,000 Byron Nelson Scholarship is awarded to a resident of Kerr County. This year’s recipient is:
• Marisa Mauldin, Utopia
Warren Smith Scholarship
Warren Smith was a head golf professional at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio and Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado. The Warren Smith Scholarship was established through fundraising efforts of the members at Oak Hills Country Club and their head golf professional, Cary Collins. Recipients of the scholarship must reside in Bexar County or one of the seven counties contiguous to Bexar County. This year’s recipient of the $1,500 scholarship is:
• Louis Gonzales, San Antonio