OP Golf Members’ Council Announces 2022 Scholarships
The scholarship committee of the Golf Members’ Council each year honors students who show an interest in the game of golf and have exemplary academic and extracurricular records.
Bob Long, scholarship committee chairperson, said awards are given on behalf of Ocean Pines Golf Club members who support the fund throughout the year.
He said members have raised more than $45,800 for scholarships over the last seven years, including $21,500 during the last two years.
This year, Riley Schoch from Worcester Preparatory School was named the Scotty Wheatley Scholarship winner. Long said Wheatley helped significantly boost donation amounts, which had been $2,000-$3,000 each year, prior to 2016.
“Scotty ran the OP-Taylor Bank Scramble for a couple of years and is largely responsible for the increase in awards,” Long said. “Scotty died in February 2021, and his family asked that donations in his name be made to our scholarship fund. Over $3,400 was received, and for the past two years we have attached Scotty's name to one of the scholarship awards.”
The 2022 Scholarship recipients are:
- Riley Schoch (Worcester Preparatory School) played on the WPS golf team for four years and was a team captain this year. He was also captain of the tennis team. Schoch has excellent academic credentials and was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. Schoch is also a classically trained pianist with many citations and performances. He was heavily involved in community service and was an officer of his senior class. He is interested in biomedical engineering and plans to attend the University of Maryland. Schoch was recognized as the Scotty Wheatley Scholarship winner and will receive an award of $3,000.
- Evan Ritz (Stephen Decatur High School) played golf for SDHS for four years. He helped recruit other students for the team and received a team sportsmanship award. Academically, Ritz was in the top 10% of his class and took advanced placement courses in calculus and environmental science, along with other higher-level courses. He is interested in biology and pre-med studies and plans to attend Salisbury University. Ritz will receive an award of $2,400.
- Abby Wesche (Stephen Decatur High School) played golf at SDHS for four years and was team co-captain during her junior and senior years. Wesche is regularly one of the scoring golfers on the SDHS team and played in the first two rounds of the state championships. She plans to attend McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland to study biology. Wesche will receive an award of $2,400.
- Bennett Tinkler (Worcester Preparatory School) played on the WPS golf team for three years. He enjoys golf and his coaches noted his improvement each year. Tinkler was also the captain and goalie of the lacrosse team and played varsity basketball. Tinkler has a strong academic record, including five AP courses. Outside the classroom, he was involved in community service and is particularly interested in helping those with autism. His plans are to study business at the University of Maryland. Tinkler will receive an award of $1,500.
- Anna McDonald (Worcester Preparatory School) moved to the area during the start of her junior year, when the pandemic was in full force. That led to her involvement with the golf team. She also plays recreationally with family members. McDonald also played lacrosse and soccer. She has a strong academic record and was involved in community service both locally and in New York, where she previously lived. She plans to attend Syracuse University to study sports management. McDonald will receive an award of $600.
- Jack Quisgard (Stephen Decatur High School) is a wrestler and baseball player. Quisgard has played golf recreationally with family and friends for the last several years. He is in the top fifth of his class and has a strong academic record. Quisgard volunteered with Habitat for Humanity at the ReStore, along with other community service work. He plans to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. Quisgard will receive an award of $600.
Scholarship funds come from the Ocean Pines-Taylor Bank Scramble and other golf member initiatives.
This year's scramble is set for Wednesday, July 13 at the Ocean Pines Golf Club.
The public entry fee is $120 per person, which includes greens fee, cart, team prizes, men’s and ladies’ closest-to-the-pin prizes, door prizes, continental breakfast, on-course refreshments and lunch at the Ocean Pines Clubhouse Grille following the tournament.
The entry fee for Ocean Pines Golf members is $75. The cart fee is extra for those without a cart package.
Players may sign up individually or as a foursome. Individuals or incomplete teams will be paired.
The entry deadline is July 6. To download an entry form, visit https://www.oceanpines.org/documents/10184/89280/Taylor+Bank+Scamble+entry+form.pdf.
Taylor Bank is the longtime event Title Sponsor.
Platinum and Gold level sponsorships are still available. To download a sponsorship form, visit https://oceanpines.org/documents/10184/89280/Taylor+Bank+Scramble+sponsorship+form.docx.
Tee sponsorships are available for $50 for businesses and nonmembers, or $40 for golf members. To download a tee sign sponsorship form, https://www.oceanpines.org/documents/10184/89280/Taylor+Bank+Scamble+tee+sponsor+form.pdf.
Entry and sponsorship forms may also be picked up at the Ocean Pines Golf Club. Fees may be mailed to Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council, PO Box 1356, Berlin, Maryland 21811. Checks should be made payable to “Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council.”
For more information, contact Steve Howse at 571-239-8469.