Friday, February 29, 2008

STPGA Scholarships Now Open for Application

If you're a junior golfer, or the parent of one, you'll want to take a look at the college scholarship funds available through the Southern Texas PGA Foundation. Each year the STPGA doles out thousands of dollars - $263,000 total, to 118 students, since 1999. A total of $21,500 is available this year.

Available scholarships are described below. Deadline for applications is April 2, 2008, and winners are announced on May 16. To get your application, visit the "Junior Golf and Scholarships" on the STPGA Web site (you can also visit STPGA offices at 21604 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, 77373). Requirements for application (GPA, residency, etc.) are also described on the STPGA page.

  • The Nicholas Battle Scholarship, named after a junior golfer who passed away in an accident, is valued at $3,000 and is available to all applicants.

  • Three Tommy Aycock Scholarships, named after the late PGA Professional who won the STPGA Section Championship six times, will be presented in 2008. Valued at $1,000 each, the Tommy Aycock scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the five-county area (Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, Kleberg, Wells, Bee and Refugio counties) around which Aycock spent much of his career.

  • A $2,000 Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship, named for a long-time San Antonio golf professional who earned national PGA Golf Professional of the Year honors in 1968. The Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship will be presented to a student who resides in Bexar County, Comal County, Guadalupe County, Kendall County, Atascosa County, Medina County, Wilson County or Bandera County.

  • The Joe Finger Scholarship, valued at $2,000, was created in 2004 by the members of Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, and Mark Caldwell, the club’s head golf professional. It is named in honor of the late golf course architect, Joe Finger— Riverhill is one of many course designed by Finger. The scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Kerr County.

  • The Byron Nelson Scholarship was created in 2004 by members of Riverhill Country Club— Mark Caldwell, Riverhill’s head golf professional, heads up fundraising efforts for the scholarship. The scholarship is named for the record-setting Hall of Fame professional golf, who teamed with Joe Finger to design Riverhill’s golf course. The scholarship, valued at $2,000, will be presented to a resident of Kerr County.

  • 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.

  • A pair of George Hannon Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be 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.

  • Established this year, the Ross T. Collins Scholarship is valued at $1,000. It was created by the members of Kerrville’s Riverhill Country Club to honor Ross Collins, the 1972 PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year. Collins spent the last six years of his career as the head golf professional at Riverhill and retired in Kerrville. The Ross T. Collins Scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Kerr County.

  • The new Bill Sitton Sr. Scholarship, valued at $2,500 annually (for four years; a total of $10,000) and renewable for up to four years, is available to all STPGA Foundation scholarship applicants. It was created to "assist aspiring college-bound students with furthering their educations." Billy Sitton Jr., the managing director of Club Corp’s international office, said the scholarship honors "a hard-working guy who enjoyed golf and introduced me to it." The Bill Sitton Sr. Scholarship is available to all applicants.
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