Brooks Koepka JGFA College Scholarship
Palm Beach County’s Brooks Koepka is ranked among the best young golfers in the world. In 2012, after leaving Florida State University as a three-time All American, he immediately joined the European Challenge Tour where he quickly stormed through the ranks with three historic wins earning a promotion to the European Tour. During the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season, Brooks also rewrote the history books by earning enough Fed Ex Cup Points to receive the PGA’s Special Temporary Membership on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
While Brooks’ meteoric rise is still in-process, his beginnings remain an important part of his story. No matter where in the world Brooks plays, we know he found his love for the game at Okeeheelee Golf Course. Brooks was a member of the Junior Golf Foundation of America where he actively participated in developmental programs, lessons, camps and tournaments. He credits the opportunities he received at Okeeheelee Golf Course with providing him with the foundational support necessary to play golf at the highest levels.
Since 2014, Brooks offers a college scholarship as well as 2 programming scholarships on a yearly basis.
2015: Won the PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open
2016 Update: Brooks finished 2nd to Sergio Garcia at the AT&T Byron Nelson after a 1 hole playoff!!
Johnny M Calhoun Memorial Scholarship
"The Calhoun family was very fortunate to have an angel with us for forty years. John was such a joy for every member of the family and always had an incandescent smile. This despite a cyst on his brain at age 3 and three cerebral hemoraghes from age 19 and monthly seizures. John always fought back to walk (albeit with a brace) and lost the use of his right arm. Johnny never complained about these misfortunes and always had a positive attitude. He was never alone in his battles. He always had someone who loved him. Johnny decided in middle school that his love for music was his passion and he started to play trumpet. He continued to play this instrument in the Forest Hill High School marching band. During his sophomore year, he decided to sing in the Forest Hill New Dimension chorus and during his senior year was selected for Dimension 20. He has continued his love for singing by accompanying his dad in the choir at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Wellington.
Johnny was also a world traveler. He had been on trips to Italy, Ireland, England, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, New York, New England and northern California. Almost all of these trips were with his mom and dad.
One of the Calhoun traditions was to play sports (football, basketball and baseball) together after school. This passion spread to golf as all three siblings accompanied dad to the golf course including John starting at the age of 4. All three kids had opportunities to hit golf balls. Later when his brother Steve was a teaching pro at Okeeheelee under Donna White, John asked if he could hit a few balls one-handed. He joined one of the Progressive Clinics conducted by Donna White and Mary-Lee Cobick. While he did not continue playing, he loved the game and insisted on going to the course with his dad and brother. He was always full of smiles and encouragement for his golfing partners and was a joyful companion.
Sadly tragedy struck the Calhoun family June 26, 2015. Johnny and his dad were on their way to play golf when they were hit by a speeding car. Johnny lost his life in the accident and his dad was in trauma IU for about a month. When anyone called to offer condolences about Johnny, they alwaystalked about his smile, laugh and unbelievable attitude after all he had been through. The Calhoun family has seen what an amazing program the Progressive Clinics are and how they can change someone’s life. We want to encourage you to participate and play the game of golf. In Johnny’s honor we have started a foundation to help others play golf. We have asked that the foundation provide equipment, extra instructors when needed and aid for the financially disadvantaged to participate in golf at the Special Olympics."