2 college students, Marcus Parry and Marina Beach, each received $5,000 John L. Cox Scholarships from the PGA of America. Ten Cox scholarships are awarded annually to provide educational opportunities for the children and grandchildren of PGA members. Not only is it rare to have two of the 10 recipients come from the same PGA Section, but it’s even rarer to have them come from the same facility (Glenmoor Country Club). Marcus, the son of the club’s PGA
Head Golf Professional C.J. Parry, is a chemistry major at Westminster College in Salt Lake City; Marina, a broadcast journalism major at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the daughter of PGA Director of Instruction Steve Beach. Additionally, the Colorado PGA annually awards local scholarships to help children and grandchildren of PGA Professionals in the Colorado Section attend college. Nineteen students will be receiving approximately $30,000 in total this year.
$6.5 million has gone to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver as a result of Castle Pines Golf Club and chairman Jack A. Vickers’ three decades of involvement. Nearly 40 percent of that amount—$2.5 million—has come during the last six years, thanks to the 2008 creation of the Jack A. Vickers Invitational
CENTER STAGE: Vickers (middle) with board member Steve McConahey (left) and B&GCMD CEO John Arigoni.
hosted by John Elway, the threeday tournament that each May attracts leaders from the sports and business worlds to the state’s topranked course. This September, a monument to this generosity— the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club—will open in the Nancy P. Anschutz Center at Stapleton.
in the state of Johor in southern Malaysia. Like the program in this country, the Malaysian version uses Colorado BirdieBalls to instruct students. The Malaysian Education Ministry conducts the program, called “Birdieball Golf in School,” as a catalyst for fitness and to create future golfers. Plans call for expanding the program through the state’s 12 districts and to universities. “A high number of our undergraduates aren’t able to play golf due to financial constraints,” says Dr. Mohd Azraai Kassim of the University of Technology, Malaysia. “This can be a steppingstone for their professional lives.”
24 more schools are participating in the enormously successful Golf In Schools program instituted by Colorado’s Allied Golf Associations—but these schools are
HAVING A BIRDIEBALL: Golf In Schools comes to Malaysia.
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