FLINT – Working as a golf caddie can be about more than just making money.
It’s also a way for high school students to earn college scholarships, which is exactly what Andrew Campbell and Noah Kaplan of Flint Powers Catholic High School have done.
Campbell and Kaplan have been awarded Chick Evans Scholarships by the Western Golf Association and will be receiving full four-year housing and tuition scholarships to Michigan State University.
They are among 31 Evans Scholars from around Michigan this year.
The scholarships are based on a caddie’s record, academic performance, financial need and character. The value of the scholarship is estimated at $120,000 over four years.
Both caddie at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, home of the PGA Tour Champions’ Ally Challenge presented by McLaren.
Campbell and Kaplan were chosen as recipients during the final round of interviews Jan. 8-9 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield.
“I was at their final interview,” said Warwick Hills head professional Doug Brody. “They’re a couple of the hardest-working kids that Warwick’s been affiliated with, a lot of personality and high integrity.
“They are kids that whenever we needed someone to step up to the plate and take care of a job, they were the first ones to answer the call. Andrew has been caddying at the club for I think five years and he recruited Noah.
“Noah had never even played golf before and Andrew talked him into coming to give caddying a try and he ended up turning it into a grand slam for a full-ride scholarship.”
Campbell is from Grand Blanc and Kaplan lives in Linden.
This year, a record 1,010 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities around the country. More than 11,050 caddies have used Evan Scholarships to graduate from college since the program began in 1930.
Brody said anyone interested in working as a caddie at Warwick Hills can call the club at (810) 694-9251 after March 1 and ask to speak with caddie master Jake Rogers.