During the American Seniors Golf Association farewell dinner at the 2019 ASGA Summer Championship, Executive Director Kevin Patterson announced that the WGACSF would be the 2019 recipient of the Association’s Charitable Trust contribution.
The contribution from the ASGA Charitable Trust was intended to be the foundation of what would be an endowed scholarship in Joe Germano’s name, in recognition of his many, many years of service to the game of golf, especially during his 22 year membership of the ASGA.
“We could not think of a more deserving person to have his name attached to this endowed scholarship,” said Ken Auerbach, who serves as chairman of the ASGA Charitable Trust. “We are so fortunate to have such a supportive Board and membership, and we hope that this latest gift will set the stage for even more growth of our Charitable Trust.”
Over the following days several members of the ASGA, Joe’s friends and fellow Veterans all sent individual donations to his scholarship fund, quickly reaching the endowment minimum and then exceeding.
“The American Seniors Golf Association initiated an outpouring of support from its membership, Joe’s friends and several other associations of which Joe is a member,” said Johanna Gavin, CSFs Senior Director. “Joe is a special man. For all of us who are fortunate to know him, he has made a positive impact on our lives. The WGACSF is honored administer this special scholarship in his name and select a special, deserving recipient.”
Joe Germano, a 94-year old native of Mamaroneck, plays more rounds of golf a year than he is old. He has been a member of Bonnie Briar Country Club since the 1960s, where he currently maintains a 16 handicap. When not in Larchmont, Joe can be found playing around the Westchester and Metropolitan area—even internationally—with his six other golf associations. Joe is a member of the Westchester Seniors Golf Association, the World Senior Golf Federation, the Eastern Seniors Golf Association, the International Seniors Amateur Golf Society, the U.S.G.F. of Rotarians, Los Coyotes Invitational.
The “Joe Germano Endowed Scholarship” will be awarded to eligible students who have caddied and/or worked in service to golf at any WGACSF participating club who are enrolled in a ROTC program. This scholarship may be presented for the first time in the 2020-21 academic year and will provide additional opportunities for financial aid to eligible and deserving candidate(s).
Miguel (Gus) Kelley
University of Dallas