Rich in History

The WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund was established by local golfing great Willie Turnesa, one of the most successful amateur golfers in United States history. One day, Turnesa was golfing with his close friend Udo Reinach, a member of Quaker Ridge. Their discussion turned to their appreciation and love for the game, and they decided it was time for them to give something back. Inspired by the success of the Chick Evans and Ouimet Funds, they established a similar program for caddies from clubs in the Westchester County Area. They named their organization the Reinach-Turnesa Scholarship Fund and they asked friends at local clubs to contribute.

Willie and Udo spread the word and were ecstatic when a flurry of applications arrived. As they reviewed the applications, they culled the list and identified six qualified applicants – but there was a catch. They could only afford to award three scholarships. Willie and Udo then drew the lucky three names from a hat. The next day, the local newspaper carried the story, including a complete list of the six qualified candidates and the three fortunate recipients.

Willie Turnesa with his caddie at the 1934 Masters Tournament, Augusta National

CSF Co-Founders Willie Turnesa and Udo Reinach head to the British Amateur, won by Willie in 1947

Willie Turnesa with his caddie at the 1934 Masters Tournament, Augusta National

CSF Co-Founders Willie Turnesa and Udo Reinach head to the British Amateur, won by Willie in 1947

LEGEND OF SALLY FRANCIS

Upon reading this story, Sally Francis, a golfer from the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., phoned her friend Willie to ask how much was needed to fund the remaining scholarships. Sally’s check arrived the next morning. Her generosity inspired the Fund’s mission never to turn away a qualified candidate with financial need.

The Initial Bag Tag Program

Sally Francis, The Apawamis Club member who inspired us to never turn award a caddie in need.

The Initial Bag Tag Program

Sally Francis, The Apawamis Club member who inspired us to never turn award a caddie in need.

WILLIE WINS:

1933 Westchester Amateur
1936 Westchester Amateur
1937 Metropolitan Amateur, Westchester Amateur
1938 U.S. Amateur, Westchester Amateur, New York State Amateur
1943 Florida Open
1947 British Amateur
1948 U.S. Amateur