Ed Batta, Chairman of the NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation, and Ben DelVento, Program Director, announced on June 14th at the Essex Fells Country Club three new four-year scholarships that will honor contributors to New Jersey caddies.

A new four-year scholarship named in former CSF director Jay Petersen's memory is to be awarded to a Rutgers student; the Eugene Harkins Family Scholarship in memory of the long-time caddie and former caddie master at North Jersey Country Club is to be awarded to a North Jersey caddie. Scholarships awarded to Rock Spring Golf Club caddies, in memory of Babs and Warren Collins of Rock Spring, who were dedicated caddie scholarship supporters.

To recap 2011, Batta reported that $663,000 was awarded in scholarship monies to 194 recipients from total revenues of $794,000. The Foundation has maintained a 96 percent graduation rate by the caddie scholars. This year, minimum awards will be increased from $3,000 to $3,500.

In 2012, the 65th year of the Foundation, 69 caddie scholars graduated. In 65 years, more than $9 million has been provided to 2,600 caddie scholars. The guest speaker for the event was Ryan Logan-Magnusson of Essex Fells who expressed his sincere gratitude to the Caddie Scholarship Foundation for awarding him the Col. John McHugh Memorial Scholarship, which scholarship significantly helped him finance his education. He graduated with a degree in education and health at Rowan University.

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