FAIRBORN, OH – PGA REACH Southern Ohio is pleased to award Southern Ohio PGA Junior Golf alumni Owen Mockabee and Maddi Shoults the inaugural Southern Ohio Junior Golf Scholarships. 

“The Southern Ohio PGA community is full of bright students making a positive impact while excelling inside the classroom,” noted Southern Ohio PGA President, Pat Bernot. “We’re proud to support these students, and their families, through the growth of our PGA REACH Southern Ohio Scholarship Programs.”

Established this year to assist junior golfers throughout Central and Southern Ohio achieve their goals of pursuing higher education, the SOPGA Junior Golf Scholarship is awarded to one male and one female junior golfer who participated in SOPGA Junior Golf programs. Each scholarship will award $4,000, given annually to each recipient, while they continue to obtain further education. 

Owen Mockabee of Lebanon, OH grew his love for the game through participation in Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers and events on the SOPGA Junior Tour. His passion for the game was also developed through involvement with the First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky where he spent time volunteering in the summers and reached the ACE level certification. Outside of golf, he developed into an extraordinary leader through involvement in multiple extracurricular school organizations. Mockabee plans to study Business Management and Data Science at Anderson University while continuing his golf career on the Men’s Golf Team. 

Maddi Shoults of Circleville, OH has been around the game of golf for as long as she can remember. Growing up with her father as her coach, she strived to always play her best game which is evident in the numerous awards she has received throughout her playing career. Off the course, she actively participated on her school’s student council organizing fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Her exceptional leadership skills developed as her peers looked to her for guidance on and off the golf course. Shoults plans to focus on Psychology at Ottawa University – Arizona while competing on the Women’s Golf Team.  

The 2023 SOPGA Jr. Golf Scholarship application period will open on Friday, November 18, 2022. Junior golfers, currently in their senior year of high school, who have competed in any SOPGA Jr. Golf programs are eligible to apply. The Southern Ohio Junior Golf Scholarships are made possible through PGA REACH Southern Ohio fundraising efforts like the Play Yellow Birdie Bash and the PGA REACH Southern Ohio PGA Pro Am. 

2023 Southern Ohio Junior Golf Scholarship Timeline:

  • Application opens – Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Application deadline – Friday, January 27, 2023
  • PGA REACH Southern Ohio Foundation Staff reviews applications – Monday, January 23, 2023
  • Scholarship Finalists are notified for formal interview – Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Scholarship Finalist formal interviews take place – February 1 – 9, 2023
  • Selection Committee meets to select Recipients – February 23, 2023
  • Scholarship Recipients Notified – March 3, 2023

Click here to submit your application.

Click here to learn more about Southern Ohio Junior Golf Scholarship and Grant opportunities. Questions about the SOPGA Jr. Golf Scholarship can be directed to SOPGA Foundation & Communications Manager Bretten Hill at bhill@pgahq.com.