Commonwealth National’s Matt Kavalek named 2012 Platt Caddie of the Year
Matt Kavalek, left, and Muffy Poore McCabe, daughter of Francis Poore.
Matt Kavalek, a senior at Elon University, and a caddie at Commonwealth National, was named the 2012 Francis C. Poore Caddie of the Year at the 2012 annual Caddie-Scholar Brunch. An exercise science major with a 3.839 GPA, Matt plans to get his masters and doctorate, with a longterm goal of becoming a U.S. Navy physician.
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Throughout my life, I just wanted to be successful and have the people who supported me be proud of me. There were times that were hard for me, but I knew that the sky was the limit. Once I got into college, the Platt supported me. I could not be any more grateful to be in a position like this because I know some people will not have a chance like me to be funded. I would like to thank you once again for awarding me this opportunity.
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The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust was created in 1958 by the Golf Association of Philadelphia 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 Scholarship’s co-founder and first contributor.
The Scholarship’s mission, which has remained constant since its inception, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. In the last 54 years, more than 3,250 young men and women have received almost $16 million in aid. In the 2012-13 academic year, 130 caddies are receiving $875,000. Award amounts range from $500 to $10,000 per academic year for undergraduates, and up to $5,000 a year for graduate students.
The Scholarship is also helping to preserve one of the game’s most valued traditions, the caddie. By supporting caddies in their traditional educational pursuits, the Scholarship is also reminding golfers of the important role the caddie has played in the game’s history. In turn, this role is preserved for the game’s future.