2023 Impact Report Letter from our Chairwomen,
Tina Gregor

On behalf of the Trust, GAP and our Scholars, thank you for your tremendous support, as well as your appreciation for our expanded mission and new initiatives. Our growth, accomplishments and forward momentum does not happen without you.  We are thrilled to report that 150 Scholars recently started classes and began another year in pursuit of their dreams. For many, this wouldn’t be possible without the educational and financial assistance of the Trust.

This past year, we are proud of our efforts to strengthen our connections with our friends of the Trust, while establishing new relationships that align and support our mission.  As we strive to grow both the number and diversity of Scholars, we know that proactive and thoughtful efforts are necessary.  To this end, we have been progressively strategic about our outreach and forging new partnerships with Clubs, individuals, community partners and corporations. We are starting to ‘move the needle’ and witness first-hand the progress from this rewarding work.

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We have eleven female Scholars receiving support this year; a historic record for the Trust.  In October, we will host our 3rd Annual Women’s Endowment Tournament at Sunnybrook Golf Club to raise both funds and awareness for the cause. Our J. Wood Platt community has shown immeasurable enthusiasm for this initiative, and we’re just getting started.

GAP continues to grow its reach and footprint. Thanks to our expanded mission to assist youth working in golf operations, we are beginning to see new Clubs represented among our ranks.  From John F. Byrne Golf Club to Frosty Valley Golf Links, the Service to Golf program allows us to support more youth from a wider geographic range.

Reaching youth at a younger age is critical for us to maximize our impact on our Scholars’ lives. It is with the help of our nonprofit partners that we can make these connections with local youth.  Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education has been instrumental in helping us introduce caddie and golf opportunities to high school students. By the time they are juniors, they are prepared and on track to apply for a scholarship.  The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia has also been a strong ally.  We are proud to include Scholars who hail from both organizations this year, and we are confident those number will grow in 2024-25.

Corporate connections are also a tremendous asset for the Trust and continue to grow. In 2023-24, we will look to formalize sponsorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Program and leverage these relationships to offer our Scholars direct access to career and leadership resources.  We continue to tell our Scholars and their parents that these connections are every bit as valuable as scholarship dollars.

On page 28, you will see our new list of Club Ambassadors.  These individuals have enthusiastically volunteered to help share the mission of the Trust with their Club members.  They are advocates for both caddies and youth who work in service to golf. Please thank these individuals when you see them on the course, as they are truly invaluable to our efforts.

Lastly, on page 23 we highlight our first annual Scholar Service Project, held in partnership with Cradles to Crayons.  As service and leadership becomes a core part of the EMPOWER Program, we will look to expand volunteer opportunities for our Scholars and continue to provide opportunities for our Scholars to help plan and orchestrate events.

We are grateful to all our friends of the Trust, new and old, and look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress in 2023–24. Because of you, the Trust remains committed and eager to fulfill our mission, while making our community better…one scholar at a time.

As always, we welcome your valued feedback and creative ideas to help the Trust’s fulfill its bold mission. As we work together to make a difference in the lives of our youth, please know we are both grateful and humbled by your passionate support and generosity.


Tina Gregor

The Board of Trustees


Tina Gregor

Huntingdon ValleyCountry Club


Jeffrey R. Mitzak ’01



Robert M. Aiken

St. Davids Golf Club


Timothy T. Corcoran

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club


Powell W. Arms

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Todd Baron

Pine Valley Golf Club

James Denon

The Springhaven Club

Nick Francani

Fieldstone Golf Club

Edward T. Ellis ’72

Chester Valley Golf Club

Damon Heller

Lancaster Country Club

David Ix

Merion Golf Club

William E. Lynch

Merion Golf Club

Brad McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

Shelby Noll

Lancaster Country Club

John Plower

Tavistock Country Club

Erik O. Strid

Philadelphia Country Club


Ken Phillips (President, GAP)

Lancaster Country Club

Jim Smith Jr., PGA of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Sue Harrigan (WGAP)

Sandy Run Country Club

Alex McPherson (Alumni Board President)

Philadelphia Publinks GA