The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust Announces 2022 Board of Trustees

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Under the leadership of Chairwoman Tina Gregor, the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust saw significant advancement in the past year with new initiatives and partnerships with over $1.1 million in Scholarship grants awarded.  To date, more than 3,800 young men and women have received $24 million in educational grants.

The Trust is pleased to welcome Timothy Corcoran of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Nick Francani of Fieldstone Golf Club, Brad McFadden of Overbrook Golf Club, Shelby Noll of Lancaster Country Club, and Jim Smith Jr. of Philadelphia Cricket Club as the newest members of the Platt Board of Trustees. All have been elected to serve a one-year term and were recommended by the J. Wood Platt Nominating Committee, comprised of Paul L. Mauer, Chairman, Robert M. Morey, Richard L. Skelly, and Jonathan P. Warner.  Subsequent to the nomination, the slate was approved by the GAP Executive Committee.

Corcoran, owner of an independent financial firm for the past thirty-one years, is a CPA and Registered Investment Advisor. He works with business owners and high net worth individuals with financial and tax planning, investment management, and estate and life planning.

He earned a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from LaSalle University and has served on various organizational boards over the years. He currently lives in Penllyn, PA and has three grown sons, who all followed in their father’s footsteps caddying during high school and college. Corcoran is also a J. Wood Platt Alumnus.

Francani is Managing Director of Siegfried’s Philadelphia Metro Market, serving as a Leadership Advisor to financial executives. He has operated in a variety of roles during his 17+ years at Siegfried, including time as a Director of Employee Development and as a Professional Resource Director. Prior to joining Siegfried, he was a Senior Auditor at EY in Philadelphia.
Francani earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Villanova University and is currently a member of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) Accounting Department Advisory Council. He lives in Chadds Ford, PA with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family and is very passionate about sports, especially the game of golf, his children’s teams, and Villanova basketball. In recent years, Francani has served as a Development Committee Member for J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust.

McFadden is a native of Philadelphia and grew up in a golf-centric family. His parents Frank and Karen and his uncle Chris Lange introduced him to golf and the Golf Association of Philadelphia. He grew up playing and caddying at Overbrook Golf Club, serving as a caddie for almost 10 years.

While at the University of South Carolina McFadden played on the men’s golf team and graduated from the business school. Today he lives in Bryn Mawr and is an Insurance Wholesale Broker for Ryan Specialty Group. He and his wife, Lindsay have three children. Their son Liam just finished his first year as a caddie at St Davids Golf Club. Like Francani, in recent years he has served as a member of the J. Wood Platt’s Development Committee.

Noll retired seven years ago from Hershey Medical Center as a BS-Registered Respiratory Therapist. Since then, she devotes much of her time to her granddaughters, traveling with her husband and friends, and her passion for the game of golf. Noll has served in many roles on the Women’s Golf Association of Lancaster Country Club—most notably as Chair and Representative for the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia (WGAP).
She actively participates in WGAP Team matches for Stonewall and began serving as Team Captain this year. She is a strong proponent and supporter of caddie programs and it is her goal to serve J. Wood Platt in a way that promotes and enhances the Trust’s current and future initiatives to empower and educate deserving caddies.

Smith joins the board as the ex-officio representative of the Philadelphia PGA Section. He joined The Philadelphia Cricket Club as the Director of Golf in 2006 following 10 years as the General Manager and Director of Golf at Talamore at Oak Terrace G&CC. In 2018, Smith was promoted to Director of Golf/COO at The Cricket Club. He is the recipient of many professional awards, including the Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year; the Philadelphia PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (twice); Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of the Year; Golf World Top-100 Golf Shop; Philadelphia Magazine Top-25 Instructor; and more. He was a finalist for the National PGA Golf Executive of the Year Award in 2021. He is one of a limited number of professionals in the country to be a member of Callaway Golf’s Master Staff Professional Board, and he is also a member of multiple industry groups that count the best professionals in the country among their membership.
Smith has served as the Chair, or been a member of, virtually every Philadelphia PGA Committee, including 8 years on the Executive Committee of the Section, including a two-year term as President. In his 25+ years as a PGA Professional, he has taken a special interest in mentoring and guiding his fellow golf professionals and co-workers to bigger and better opportunities - to date, 28 of his former staff have moved on to various Head Professional, Director of Golf, Director of Outside Operations, or Director of Merchandising positions. He has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Kathy, since 1991; has three children - Justin & Courtney (twins), and Haley; and one grandchild (Lily).

Retiring from the Board are Michael J. Ayrer of Merion Golf Club (served since 2015), Gerald E. Darling of Union League Golf Club of Torresdale (2018), Michael P. Helmick of Lookaway Golf Club (2011, and Treasurer since 2015), and Charley Raudenbush of Pine Valley Golf Club (1999, as the ex-officio representing the Philadelphia PGA Section).

In addition, Michael J. Ryan, of Rolling Green Golf Club, is the new Treasurer. Ryan joined the board in 2020.



Mrs. Tina Gregor
Huntingdon Valley Country Club


Mr. Thomas L. Spano
Llanerch Country Club


Mr. Jeffrey R. Mitzak


Mr. Michael J. Ryan
Rolling Green Golf Club 


Mr. Robert M. Aiken
St. Davids Golf Club

Mr. Powell W. Arms
Philadelphia Cricket Club

Mr. Todd R. Baron
Pine Valley Golf Club

Mr. Timothy T. Corcoran
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

Mr. Andrew Downs
Philadelphia Cricket Club

Mr. Nick Francani
Fieldstone Golf Club 

Mr. Edward T. Ellis
Chester Valley Golf Club

Mr. Damon P. Heller
Bent Creek Country Club

Mr. David A. Ix
Merion Golf Club

Mr. William W. Jeremiah
Bidermann Golf Club

Mr. William E. Lynch, Jr.
Merion Golf Club

Mr. Brad McFadden
Overbrook Golf Club

Mrs. Shelby Noll
Lancaster Country Club

Mr. Erik O. Strid
Philadelphia Country Club

Ex-Officio Representatives:

Mr. Oscar Mestre, Golf Association of Philadelphia
Overbrook Golf Club

Mr. Jim Smith, Jr., PGA of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Cricket Club

Mrs. Denise Viola, WGAP
Trenton Country Club

J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust

The Trust’s mission, which has remained constant since its inception in 1958, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust was created by GAP 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.