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November 2016 Baltimore Caddie Academy Update

The Baltimore Caddie Academy was established in 2016 through a partnership between The First Tee of Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Country Club, and the Western Golf Association. The vision of the academy is to help young people gain a better understanding of the game of golf, learn valuable life lessons, and help develop youth into leaders on and off the golf course. The academy was established in memory of Joseph Jaxon Fields, a beloved coach and mentor to the students of The First Tee of Greater Baltimore. The Baltimore Caddie Academy is funded through the generosity of the Fields Family as well as Michael and Karen Brooks through the Brooks Community Foundation.

The academy trains The First Tee students to be caddies at Baltimore Country Club with the goal of seeking the Evans Scholarship through the Western Golf Association. The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Each year, more than 900 deserving caddies across the country attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. The Baltimore Caddie Academy allows the potential for The First Tee students to become recipients of this educational opportunity.

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore had 14 students represented in the academy this year. This opportunity, in addition to working toward the scholarship, offers students paid summer jobs. As a group, they completed over 200 caddie loops. Mr. Bill Bassler, PGA Golf Professional serves as the chapter Caddie Program Coordinator, educating the participants on caddie etiquette. Students have undergone a rigorous training with The First Tee of Greater Baltimore and Baltimore Country Club. After the students successfully completed the academy training program, they began their experience caddying at Baltimore Country Club the second week of June. Charles Blount, a new caddie shares, “The academy has been a lot of fun so far and I have met a lot of new people. Caddying has helped me keep The First Tee values at the top of my mind. Becoming a great caddie means being responsible, courteous, and respectful- these are things that are going to help me in the academy and in life.”

Meet the Caddies

Kendel Abrams
Age: 16 years old
School: The Susquehannock High School
Handicap: 4
Years in The First Tee Program: 4

Alex Burnett
Age: 14
School: Mount Saint Joseph High School
Handicap: 7
Years in The First Tee Program: 4

Charles Blount
Age: 16 years old
School: Junior at Reginald F. Lewis High School
Handicap: 6
Years in The First Tee Program: 3

Dayon Daugton
Age: 17 years old
School: Senior at Friendship Academy
Handicap: 7
Years in The First Tee Program: 4

DeAndre Diggs
Age: 17 years old
School: 2016 Graduate of Archbishop Curley HS
Handicap: 8
Years in The First Tee Program: 7, Eagle Certified

Jairus Gaines
Age: 16 years old
School: Junior at Gilman
Handicap: 1
Years in The First Tee Program: 4, Eagle Student

Jayquann Johnson
Age: 17 years old
School: 2016 Graduate of St. Frances Academy
Handicap: 8
Years in The First Tee Program: 7, Eagle Certified

Chiara Hollingshead
Age: 16 years old
School: Homeschool
Years in The First Tee Program: 4, Eagle Level

Varada Maulkhan
Age: 13 years old
School: 8th Grader at Catonsville Middle School
Years in The First Tee Program: 3

Aganze Nkere
Age: 16 years old
School: Junior at Loyola Blakefield
Years in The First Tee Program: 3, Birdie Level

Amini Nkere
Age: 14 years old
School: Freshman at Mt. DeSales
Years in The First Tee Program: 3, Birdie Level

Nehema Nkere
Age: 17 years old
School: Senior at Mt. DeSales
Years in The First Tee Program: 3, Birdie Level

Zach Thomas
Age: 16 years old
School: Senior at Catonsville High School
Handicap: 7
Years in The First Tee Program: 5

Malachi Walker
Age: 13 years old
School: 8th Grader at Essex Middle School
Handicap: 10
Years in The First Tee Program: 4, Birdie Level

Somone White
Age: 15 years old
School: Sophomore at Carver High School
Years in The First Tee Program: 4, Birdie Level