Marty Swab has spent more than a decade raising money for the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation and now awards an annual scholarship bearing his name.
This year he is not only giving out a scholarship, but the freshman-to-be at Lake Forest (Ill.) College is getting one in return from another source.
Swab, a former Menomonee Falls golfer, will award the annual "Marty Swab Kid Scholarship" to graduating Slinger senior Jack Summers. Candidates were judged for showing a solid history of giving back to the community, integrity and sportsmanship. According to a release, the ideal candidate for this scholarship showed a history of giving back to others, a positive attitude, and being graceful in victory or defeat.
He will receive the Wisconsin Golf Salesperson's Association Scholarship. A part of the mission of the WIGSA is to foster a positive relationship with PGA Professionals. Another part is to give back to the game and this scholarship is a direct reflection of their dedication to their profession and to the game.
The 2020 WPGA Junior Foundation scholarship winners announced Friday covered 34 individuals who were awarded scholarships totaling $34,000. The awards cover current and former golfers who competed in WPGA Junior events.
Here are the honorees and the scholarships they received:
Tony Coleman Scholarship ($1,250)
(One boy recipient)
Derek Vaillancourt of Fort Atkinson was awarded the Tony Coleman Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Tony was the PGA General Manager and COO for Bishops Bay Country Club from 1994-2013. He led the facility from its development into the first rate operation it remains today. Tony was a 36-year member of the PGA. Tony’s passion for golf was most evident when working with a junior golfer wishing to excel in the game. This scholarship was made possible by the generous support of the Coleman family, friends, Bishops Bay CC members and the membership of the Wisconsin PGA.
WPGA Junior Foundation College Scholarships ($1,250)
Current college student recipients:
Jack Anderson - $1,000
Erika Priebe - $1,000
Lorenza Martinez - $750
Bella Dory - $750
Jack Clifford - $750
Reis Schweiner - $500
Terry Noel Scholarship ($1,250)
Paul Lynch of Trevor was awarded the Terry Noel Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Terry was a tribute to golf, but more importantly a tribute to respect and love of mankind and the ability to spread happiness with his kindness and constant smile. Terry was first and foremost a loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend to all he met. Terry was also a proud Army veteran from the Vietnam era, serving most of his time in Germany and at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Finally, Terry was an avid, passionate golfer who spread his goodwill on the course and off.
WPGA Junior Foundation High School Senior Scholarships
Current high school senior recipients:
Katherine Meier - $1,000
Lauren Bonetti - $1,000
Alex Borgen - $1,000
Mitchell Becker - $1,000
Elizabeth Torhorst - $1,000
Charlie Somers - $750
Amanda Ruona - $750
Sadie Kelley - $750
Samantha Krutz - $500
Ben Gilkay - $500
Josh Teplin - $500
Ian Hoffman - $500
Thomas Kriewaldt - $500
Drake Wilcox - $500
Elizabeth Kaiser - $500
Ally Nickel – $500
Caitlyn Ott - $500
Hannah Harper - $500
Piercen Hunt - $500
Marty Swab Kid Scholarship ($1,250)
Jack Summers of Richfield was awarded the Kid to Kid Scholarship. Marty Swab, a recent graduate of Menomonee Falls High School, started the Kid to Kid Scholarship in 2017. This scholarship will be awarded based on three qualities: showing a solid history of giving back to the community, integrity and sportsmanship. The ideal candidate for this scholarship shows a history of giving back to others, a positive attitude, and being graceful in victory or defeat. Your character on the golf course will also be considered. The funds for this scholarship were raised by the generous donations from golfers throughout the state. Marty, a WPGA Junior Foundation member for 11 years, raised the money by collecting donations at area golf courses and out in the community. Marty raised over $50,000 for the WPGA Junior Foundation since he started raising funds at the age of seven. In the fall of 2020, Marty will be moving on to Lake Forest College and will be studying computer science and playing for the golf team.
Wisconsin Golf Salesperson's Association Scholarship ($1,250)
Marty Swab of Menomonee Falls was awarded the WIGSA Scholarship.The Wisconsin Golf Salesperson’s Association (WIGSA) is a non-profit organization comprised of sales representatives that serve golf throughout the state. A part of the mission of the WIGSA is to foster a positive relationship with PGA Professionals. Another part is to give back to the game and this scholarship is a direct reflection of their dedication to their profession and to the game. This scholarship aims to reward the hard-working efforts of those working to put themselves through school.
Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship ($1,250)
Payton Hodson of Middleton was awarded the Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Family and friends were the most important parts of Kevin’s life and he shared his passion for golf with them wholeheartedly. In his youth, his summers were mostly spent at area golf courses. He caddied at Westmoor Country Club and honed his golf skills through tournaments such as the Junior Masters at Johnson Park and as a member of the Waukesha South High School golf team. While many of his childhood friends continued to be close golf buddies, he also forged new friendships as both a player in state tournaments and club events at Muskego Lakes CC, and also as a junior golf spectator. He was an active member of an online golf forum and participant in the 2011 Morgan Cup, which extended his circle of golf comrades throughout the U.S. and abroad. Golf was a major piece of his family life . He taught his wife Mary and daughter Grace the game he loved. They enjoyed many hours playing and practicing together that will always be cherished. He often said the most joy he ever experienced from golf was spectating at his daughter’s junior, high school and college events. He was particularly proud that he had attended all but a handful of Grace's many tournaments.
American Family Insurance Scholarship ($3,000)
The WPGA Junior Foundation has teamed up with the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation to offer these two scholarships. American Family Insurance is a PGA Champions Tour event at Univerisity Ridge GC in Madison. While the event wasn't played in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation is making charitable donations to groups around the state and the WPGA Junior Foundation was chosen to receive some of these funds.
Girls Winner: Markie Ash of Waupaca - $3,000
Boys Winner: Stanford Swid of Mosinee - $3,000
Balance & Believe Scholarship ($2,000)
The Balance & Believe Foundation, based in Madison, WI, was formed in 2014 by Derek Schnarr to help promote junior golf, teach life lessons, and focus on community service. These three pillars of the Foundation come together in the Foundation's mission statement - Promoting junior golf, while providing a platform for kids to give back to the community. Over the past four years the Foundation has used this event, previously called the Michael Luedtke Memorial Golf Outing, to raise the necessary funds to support the multitude of programs in the Madison area they are involved with. The programs range from the Food Pantry and Resource Center at Falk Elementary School, to the Snack Pack program at Olson Elementary School, B&B36 program, Longest Day of Golf, and the B&B Community, Michael Luedtke, and Dick Wilson Memorial Scholarships.
Girls Winner: Aubrie Pero of Cambridge - $2,000
Boys Winner: Zach Shawhan of Mount Pleasant - $2,000
For more information on the Balance & Believe Foundation, click here: Balance & Believe