Andrew Christensen’s EMPOWER Leadership Award Speech from the 2022 Caddie Brunch
First off, I would like to thank everybody for coming out here this morning to support, not only
this great organization, but the exceptional young men and women we have as caddie
I would like to thank the entire J Wood Platt family for choosing me to receive this award. When
Lindsay Myers called me to tell me I was receiving this award, she said I was receiving this
award for my help on the planning committee for the Leadership Summit back in July, and the
caddie brunch here today. I found serving on the planning committee fun and rewarding, I was
lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some very smart scholars whose ideas made
these events as fun as they have been, so thank you to the following scholars for your
contribution to these events, Garret Schleeper, Patrick Murphy, John Pap, Matt Corr, Hudson
Harris, Sam Giordano, Greg Giep, Darius Grosch, Lucas Hudson, Robert Koosha, and JR Lang.
I loved serving on these committees because it gave me an opportunity to give back to an
organization that has given me so much, from the relief of financial stress in college, to friends
and mentors I will have for the rest of my life.
Lindsay spoke about the events her and I organized for J Wood Platt scholars at Penn State,
these events gave scholars an opportunity to meet Penn Staters that they may have never had
the opportunity to meet…with that said, I encourage all of you to reach out to Lindsay Myers to
organize events to Unite scholars on your specific campus As it will give you experience that
will assist you in your careers down the road, let you meet more new people, and give back to
the trust, which I think I can speak for every scholar here, has given us so much.
Thank you for your time
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 Association’s 288 Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.
J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust was created in 1958 and is the charitable arm of GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia). The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust’s mission is to financially aid and empower qualified caddies and those working in golf operations in the pursuit of higher education. Along with aiding caddies financially, J. Wood Platt’s EMPOWER program strengthens scholarship investment dollars by providing caddies with exceptional benefits and leadership training through access to the wide network of J. Wood Platt donors and alumni. To date, more than 3,700 young men and women have received $25 million in aid from the Trust.