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Caves Valley Golf Club Now Offers a Golf Management Scholarship at UMES

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation now has a partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore by creating a scholarship to support the university's PGA Golf Management program.

UMES is one of 18 universities in the U.S. with a PGA-approved golf management program and the nation's only historically black institution awarding a bachelor's degree in that discipline.

The foundation is the charitable arm of Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., which has been selected as a host for numerous USGA, LPGA, and NCAA events.

Demarkis J. Cooper is the inaugural Caves Valley Scholar who enrolled this fall in the university's PGA Golf Management program. Cooper is an Oxon Hill High School graduate and was among Maryland's top prep golfers a year ago.

“As we move our program to the forefront of collegiate golf management programs,” UMES President Juliette B. Bell said, “our goal is to recruit and enroll the highest caliber student who will represent our university with pride and respect traditions of the game.”

Caves Valley Foundation created the UMES scholarship to reward a deserving student-athlete with a minimum 3.5 G.P.A., a USGA handicap of 12 or less, outstanding character, integrity and leadership qualities, and who demonstrates a financial need. The recipient must continue meeting those criteria through 4 ½ years of study to remain eligible for the $100,000 scholarship. The scholarship will cover expenses such as tuition, room, board, textbooks, and other incidental costs for up to five years.

“The mission and accomplishments of the UMES PGA Golf Management Association align perfectly with the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation's dedication to improving the lives of young people through exposure to golf's customs, traditions and rules of fair play,” said Gary Attman, the Foundation's board chair.

The scholarship also includes a structured internship program designed to provide the student with valuable field experience. The student will have the opportunity to intern at Caves Valley as an undergraduate and then be considered as a post-graduate apprenticeship. The student will benefit from advice and counsel of Caves Valley PGA professionals, staff, and members, as well as, build a network with professional men and women around the world.

The Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1994 for charitable and educational purposes to grant educational scholarships to caddies working at Caves Valley Golf Club. In 2001, the foundation decided to offer scholarships for caddies at other Baltimore-area golf clubs.

Sources of support for the fund included seed money from the Baltimore business community and donations from club members and their guests.

The foundation continued to evolve with the landmark support of the First Tee in Baltimore, which is an after school and summer education program for the city's youth, and now there is this new partnership with UMES.

UMES launched its Golf Management Curriculum in 2007 and since then every student who successfully completed the program had a job offer at graduation.

The PGA Golf Management program is part of the university's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The program gives students a broad spectrum of courses that prepare them for a variety of jobs in and around the sport.

Graduates must complete four levels of the PGA Golf Management curriculum, 16 months of internship assignments, and pass the PGA Playing Ability Test to qualify for the membership in the PGA of America upon eligible employment.

“Given an opportunity,” Bell said, “we believe young people who possess the talent and exhibit the values of fair play, integrity and leadership will excel in golf – and in life and inspire other young people to get involved in this great game. We are so very grateful that Caves Valley shares our vision.”

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