On December 8, the Trust was honored to participate in an event held at St. Davids Golf Club. Over 100 guests joined award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Tom Coyne as he spoke about his latest project, “A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course.”
Growing up outside Philadelphia, Coyne spent his youth as a caddie, and his experiences have rooted a deep appreciation for the tradition of the caddie, a common theme he writes about in his most recent books. As such, the evening was an ideal place to also offer tribute to St. Davids Caddie Master Sean Cooke, who was presented with the J. Wood Platt Appreciation Award, “For outstanding contributions in support of caddie advocacy and for advancing the mission of the Trust.” Recent JWP alumna Jaclyn D’Angelo, ’20 also spoke about her experiences and the value that she gained both in caddying and receiving support from the Trust.
The Trust is grateful to the St. Davids membership and leadership for their outstanding work in supporting the Trust and growing their caddie program. The Club recently implemented a successful single-bag carrier model that is being leveraged by other clubs across GAP, and their program included 140 caddies in 2021, 30 of whom are female caddies.