Philling the GAP: J. Wood Platt Women's Opportunities - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 01, 2024

Philling the GAP: J. Wood Platt Women’s Opportunities

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Focused on service, career development and education, the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust continues to provide financial assistance for its Scholars as it has since 1958. Included in its extensive list of scholarships are several opportunities for female Platt Scholars. 

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The Women’s Endowed Scholarship was established in 2023 by an anonymous donor, and is awarded to a female caddie in the GAP Region. The EMPOWER Women’s Endowed Scholarship was created in 2022 and is funded entirely by The Trust’s annual Women’s EMPOWER Endowment Tournament. Last year, the third iteration of the event was held at Sunnybrook Golf Club. In celebration of the U.S. Women’s Open being held at Lancaster Country Club May 28-June 2, the Women’s EMPOWER Endowment Tournament has been moved to June 3 at Stonewall.    

“In addition to providing financial support for female Scholars, The EMPOWER Women’s Scholarship is important in that it highlights the unique and crucial contributions that women make to the game,” J. Wood Platt Director of Scholar and Alumni Engagement Lindsay Myers said. “We have had to be deliberate about growing our number of female Scholars, and we are pleased to report that this number will be at an all time high in 2024-25.”

  • The current recipient of The Women’s Endowed Scholarship is Ryleigh Faust of Frosty Valley. 
  • The current recipient of The EMPOWER Women’s Endowed Scholarship is Francesca Bria of Huntingdon Valley Country Club. 
  • Since its inception, the EMPOWER Women’s Endowment Program has raised more than $350,000 in support of women’s higher education. 

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The organization’s 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf. 

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