|Austin Farinella (left) of Llanerch CC and Reid Moncada of Doylestown CC.|
Two caddies named Platt Evans Scholars
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.–Two students from the Philadelphia area were recently named recipients of the Platt Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant awarded to golf caddies.
The result of a partnership between the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation and the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, Platt Evans Scholars are chosen based on demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.
The recipients – Austin Farinella and Reid Moncada – will attend Penn State University in University Park this fall.
Austin, from Wynnewood, caddies at Llanerch Country Club. The Lower Merion High School student plans to study finance in college. Austin played on his high school golf team for four years and was named captain during his senior year. “I started caddying at 13 years old and it allowed me to advance my people skills and golf skills, and I was able to meet many affluent, intelligent people,” he says.
Reid, from Doylestown, caddies at Doylestown Country Club. A Central Bucks High School West graduate, he is finishing his freshman year at Penn State, where he is studying finance. In high school, Reid was captain of both the golf and tennis teams. “In the past few years, I have worked at numerous venues; however, no position has impacted me the way caddying has on and off the course,” he says.
The two were selected as recipients of the Platt Evans Scholarship following a Feb. 24 selection meeting at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square – the site of the 2018 BMW Championship, conducted by the Western Golf Association, which supports the Evans Scholars Foundation.
The selection meeting was one of more than a dozen such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation is holding across the country through the spring. When the 2016-17 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 270 caddies nationwide are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.
Austin and Reid comprise the fourth class of Platt Evans Scholars. They will join five other Platt Evans Scholars next year at Penn State.
“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, these young men have certainly earned this life-changing opportunity,” said local WGA Director Frank Polizzi. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”
“This partnership with The Evans Scholars Foundation is fabulous, and I compliment our trustees for approving the initiative," said J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust Chairman Jonathan P. Warner. "To have caddies like Austin and Reid involved strengthens our mission of making a difference in the educational lives of young men and women.”
About the Evans Scholars Foundation
Established by famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarships to high-achieving caddies across the country. The Program, which is supported by the Western Golf Association, is funded by contributions from more than 30,000 Evans Scholars Par Club members, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 10,400 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars. To learn more, visit www.wgaesf.org.
About the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust provides annual scholarship grants of up to $10,000. Currently there are 191 Platt Caddie-Scholars. In the 2016-17 academic year, the Trust awarded more than $1.1 million, thanks to the generosity of golfers from greater Philadelphia.
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, founded in 1958, receives contributions from more than 4,000 golfers and businesses each year. The Trust has awarded college scholarships to more than 3,400 deserving golf caddies and is the official charity of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, founded in 1897. Visit www.plattcaddiescholarship.org for more information.