The Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy and the Broadmoor
Caddie & Leadership Academy capped off another great year of caddying! The
four Solich Academy chapters (CommonGound, Meridian, Grand Junction, and Fort
Collins) completed a total of 1,662 loops in the 2023 season. The Broadmoor
Academy alone completed 1,294 of those loops.
Since its inception in 2012, 458 caddies have participated
in the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy. Additionally, 40 of which have
received the Evans Scholarship: a full tuition and housing caddie scholarship
to the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2024, six Solich Academy graduates
hope to become scholarship recipients themselves.
“Watching these young caddies learn the game of golf through
caddying and then watch them receive the Evans Scholarship is truly the
highlight of my job,” said Emily Olson, CGA Director of Caddie Development.
Olson, who just celebrated 12 years with the CGA has seen all the kids go
through the program. She has been instrumental in creating the other Solich
Chapters as well.
Down in Colorado Springs, the Broadmoor Caddie &
Leadership Academy has just completed its third season. The Broadmoor Academy
got off to a rough start as the first full season was cut short due to the
pandemic, but this didn’t slow anything down. The program has already had five
caddies receive the Evans Scholarship and four more are hoping to join the
Evans Scholar ranks in 2024.
“Around the CGA we always say that the “C” in CGA doesn’t
just mean Colorado, but it also stands for Caddie,” says CGA Executive
Director/CEO Ed Mate. Between the Solich and Broadmoor Academies, this CGA
flagship program hopes that caddying only continues to get elevated and more
young people get to learn the game through caddying.
However, caddying is only one aspect of the program as
caddies attend weekly leadership and financial literacy classes. “These kids
are the future, and it is important to equip them with a full toolbox to be
successful in the future,” says Olson.
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