The LPGA Foundation announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients

 Scholarships awarded to 12 high school graduates 

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, September 6, 2013 – The LPGA Foundation announced today the 12 high school graduates selected to receive this year’s Dinah Shore, Phyllis G. Meekins and Marilynn Smith Scholarships. Each candidate has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.

Dinah Shore Scholarship

Christine Tang, a graduate of Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, Wis., is this year’s Dinah Shore Scholarship recipient.  The $5,000 scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late Dinah Shore, a Hollywood legend and honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The annual Dinah Shore Scholarship is awarded to a female high-school senior who will attend college, but not play collegiate golf.

Tang, who graduated in the top-15 of her class, played golf all four years of high school and was the MVP and captain of the team her junior and senior seasons. She helped lead her team to their 20th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament appearance, which is the second highest record in the state. In addition to her golf pursuits, Tang was editor-in-chief for her school newspaper and a member of the Community Service Club.

Tang plans to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts, to study economics and sociology. She plans to start her own non-profit organization.

Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

Established in 2006, the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship awards $1,250 to a female high school senior from a minority background, who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Yumi Fujii, whose accomplishments far exceeded the requirements of this scholarship, is this year’s recipient.

Fujii is a 2013 graduate of Lemon Bay High School in Englewood, Fla., where she played on the girls’ golf team for four years and served as captain, earning MVP honors her senior year. She started playing golf when her family moved to the United States in 2008 just before she began high school. Since then she has become a decorated junior golfer with numerous top-10s on the Florida Junior Tour, Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association and Premier Junior Golf Tour. Outside of golf, Fujii was vice president of the Student Council, president of the Environmental Club and a member of the track and field team, all while achieving a 3.9 GPA in honors and advanced placement classes.

Fujii will be attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she plans to pursue a degree in education to teach English to foreign students.  

The namesake of the scholarship, the late Phyllis G. Meekins, became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals in 1981, earning Life Member status in 2001. Known for her dedication to junior golf, Meekins established the Phyllis G. Meekins (PGM) Golf Clinic, Inc. at Mount Airy’s Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1973.  Under Meekins’ guidance, thousands of students have participated in the PGM Golf Clinics, and through developing life skills such as perseverance, goal setting, self-discipline and leadership, many have also gone on to achieve significant success, both in the classroom, as well as in their careers.

Meekins was inducted into the National African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 1984 and was nominated for the 1993 LPGA Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized by the National Golf Foundation (NGF) with the NGF Outstanding Service Award.

Marilynn Smith Scholarship

The Marilynn Smith Scholarship, named in honor of one of the LPGA’s 13 founding members, is awarded to 10 high school seniors who plan to play collegiate golf while pursuing college degrees. The 2013 recipients of the $5,000 scholarships are Kiley Ballew, Rochelle Beardsley, Emily Cunningham, Gina Falvey, Katherine Sborov, Sara Scarlett, Kristin Shaw, Tara Simmons, Danielle Urman and Morgan Wood.

Kiley Ballew graduated from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nev., where she was a four-year varsity letter on the girls’ golf team. Ballew received Player of the Year honors in 2012 after winning regionals and finishing eighth in the state tournament. She was also captain of the junior varsity softball and basketball teams and held several officer positions in the Student Council.

Ballew plans to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and will pursue a sports psychology degree.

Rochelle Beardsley graduated from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Ia. in 2013. Her golf accomplishments include four-straight First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-State honors her junior and senior seasons. In addition to her accomplishments on the golf course, Beardsley was also a member of the color guard and cheerleading teams and played in the high school band. She is an aspiring magician and was an eight-year member of the Society of Amateur Magicians and the Cedar Rapids Magic Club.

Beardsley plans to attend Wartburg College in Waverly, Ia., and pursue a degree in education with hopes of becoming a college professor and golf coach.

Emily Cunningham graduated from R.S. Alexander High School in Winston, Ga. with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V. She will study psychology and nutrition.

Cunningham participated on the varsity girls’ golf team for three years and earned Player of the Year honors her sophomore season. She was a three-time medalist in her county golf tournament and was also a medalist in regionals her junior year. Outside of her high school team, Cunningham also played on the Georgia Junior PGA Tour, Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour and Georgia State Park Junior Golf Tour. Cunningham was also a three-year letter winner in basketball and was involved in several extra-curricular activities, including Student Government, Girl Scouts and her high school’s musical.  

Gina Falvey attended Oasis Charter High School in Cape Coral, Fla. where she was a member of the varsity golf team for three years, earning MVP honors her junior year. Also a member of the varsity volleyball team for two years, Falvey served as captain for both teams. A dual-enrollment student at Edison College, Falvey earned 31 college credit hours before graduating high school a semester early. Needless to say, she held herself to high academic standards and graduated high school with a 4.5 weighted GPA. 

Falvey plans to attend Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo., where she will major in sports business management with a minor in marketing and sports psychology.

Katherine Sborov graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif., and plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. where she will study medicine, health and society. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend medical school.

Sborov played golf all four years of high school, earning Player of the Month and First-Team All-League honors following a record-breaking 4-under-par round in competition. She qualified for the U.S. Junior Girls Championship last summer, and led her team to a Northern California Championship victory and their first state championship appearance in the school’s history. Outside of golf, Sborov was captain of the school’s spirit squad - the Blue Crew - and served on the Student Advisement Board.

Sara Scarlett graduated from Woodland High School in Woodland, Calif., with a 4.0 GPA. As a four-year member of the girls’ golf team, Scarlett served as captain and was named the team’s MVP each season. She also volunteered with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento as a mentor to young golfers. Scarlett was president of her school’s Interact Club, a Rotary International Service Club, and dedicated her time away from the golf course to serving at Shiner’s Hospital for Children.

Scarlett will attend the University of Texas at Austin where she will study business marketing with a minor in communications. She hopes to one day work for a golf organization or as a correspondent for the Golf Channel.

Kristin Shaw, graduating with a 3.9 GPA, was a four-year member and MVP of the Blue Springs varsity girls’ golf team in Blue Springs, Mo. While a member of the squad, she earned All-District and All-Conference honors and was a three-time sectional qualifier. Shaw also led her team to placing fourth in the state championship tournament. Outside of golf, she was a Spanish Club member, a second grade math tutor, and volunteered to help special needs students. 

Shaw will attend Graceland University in Lamoni, Ia., where she plans to pursue a degree in nursing and become a flight nurse.

Tara Simmons graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville, N.C., and plans to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. where she’ll study environmental engineering.

A member and captain of the girls’ golf team for four years, Simmons was a two-time 3A Women’s State Championship winner. She was also a member and captain of the indoor track team. In addition to Tara’s high school athletic success, she was also an active member in 4-H Club, serving as the county council president, junior leader, presentation judge and shooting sports state representative. The National Honor Society president and concert band sectional leader graduated as the 2013 class valedictorian.   

Danielle Urman graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Co., where she was a three-year varsity golf team member. Sidelined her freshman year due to cancer treatments, Urman came back in full swing her sophomore year and led her team to three-straight 5A State Championship titles. She was also a member of the school’s DECA program, Spanish Honor Society and Math Club her senior year.

Urman was recognized nationally for her fight against osteosarcoma, a cancer that was found in her left leg. Shortly after she was able to join the girls’ golf team her sophomore year, Urman founded the Dani Foundation and established an annual golf tournament to raise money for pediatric cancer and sarcoma research. A keynote speaker at numerous events, including Golfers Against Cancer in 2012, Urman helped raise more than $100,000 for cancer research. She will attend Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. and plans to become a pediatric oncologist. 

Morgan Wood, who graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga., plans to attend Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., where she will begin her studies in early childhood education.

Wood is a four-year member of the girls’ golf team. She was a two-time winner of the Blitz Golfer of the Year Award and set four school records, including lowest 9-hole scoring average, lowest 18-hole scoring average and holds the best score at both regionals and state, where she placed 15th overall. In addition to her golf pursuits, Wood also captained the girls’ softball and basketball teams, and was a member of the BETA Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and HOSA Club.   

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