A LEGACY THAT CONTINUES TO LIVE ON.
J. Wood Platt. One name says so much. Champion. Hall of Famer. President. Founder. Record Setter. The man behind some of our Association’s biggest moments continues to drive our game forward with the scholarship that bears his name. Learn about the man behind the legacy.
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust was created in 1958 by the Golf Association of Philadelphia through the efforts of then President Walter A. Schmidt; Leo Fraser, President of the local section of Professional Golfers Association of America; and Albert Keeping, Golf Professional at Gulph Mills Golf Club. It was named in honor of Philadelphia’s premier golfer of the era, J. Wood Platt. Not only was Mr. Platt an accomplished player, but he was also the Trust’s co-founder and first contributor.
The Trust’s mission, which has remained constant since its inception, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. In the last 60 years, more than 3,500 young men and women have received $22 million in aid. In the 2018-19 academic year, 126 caddies are receiving more than $1 million. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year for undergraduates and graduate students.
The Trust is also helping to preserve one of the game’s most valued traditions, the caddie. By supporting caddies in their traditional educational pursuits, golfers are reminded of the important role the caddie has played in the game’s history. In turn, this role is preserved
for the game’s future.