The Jacksonville Area Golf Association recently hosted the JAGA Scholarship 19th Golf Classic at Deerwood Country Club and raised $24,000.
Proceeds will support the JAGA 2022-23 Charitable Trust Program, which annually awards scholarship support to Northeast Florida students seeking to attend college. JAGA currently supports 40 students with annual renewable $2,000 scholarships.
Current recipients represent 21 JAGA member clubs and attend 26 different colleges in and outside the state of Florida. Since the foundation of the fund in 1974, JAGA has awarded nearly $1.8 million to more than 375 students.
The success of the event is underlined by the renewed commitment of title sponsors Rare Pest Raiders and the Karl G. Estes Foundation, with a number of other companies and individuals providing important support through various levels of sponsorship. Last year’s Classic raised $20,500.
Deerwood Country Club hosted 88 golfers in a four-person scramble. Prizes were awarded to teams based on aggregate and net results.
JAGA Director Michael McKinney (Timuquana Country Club) took over The Classic this year from former JAGA President Adair Roberts of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
McKinney helped officiate the event with Steve Puma of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. Wayne St. Clair of Jacksonville Golf and Country Club is Chairman of the JAGA Charitable Trust.
This event was first introduced in 2003 through the leadership of another former JAGA President the late Bill Black (1993-1994), and continues to be remembered today.
“JAGA knows there are many charitable entities worth supporting in the greater Jacksonville area,” said McKinney. “We cannot thank enough the companies and individuals who saw fit to stand behind this year’s JAGA Scholarship Golf Classic. Your commitment was responsible for raising $24,000, which will pay for a number of scholarships in the coming year. I am sure our current group So many scientists will smile when we share this news with them.”
The following sponsors are the ones McKinney referred to:
- Golden Sponsors: Julie and Michael McKinney, Sharon and Steve Puma, David Tucker
- Silver Sponsors: Patricia and John Tancredi, David Attwater, Hyde Park Golf Club, Perry McCall Construction
- Hole-In-One Sponsor: Fields Auto Group
- Hall’s Patrons: Allen Witham, Amelia River Men’s Golf Association, Bill and Theresa Merriam Charitable Fund, Bill Hardaker, Callaway, First Tee/North Florida, FRIENDS of JAGA, Gregg Deiboldt, Minuteman Press, On The Green Consulting/Tim Iley, San Jose Country Club, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, TCC – SleepInzzz, TCC-Throw-Ups, Tom Keiper, Wayne St. Clair, xKO Consulting.