Kim Pham, the daughter of a single mother, is heading to the University of Washington on a four-year, $120,000 Chick Evans Scholarship after learning how to be a caddy. Yes, it was as simple as that. The scholarship is a lifeline for the Fullerton Rosary Academy senior whose family emigrated from Vietnam.
“It relieves the fact that mom is worried about school fees, being an only child and being a single mother,” Pham said.
The National Caddy Program teaches students about golf and caddying while seeking candidates who show “academic strength, financial need, exceptional character, and a strong caddy record.”
Pham played volleyball and ran track early in his high school career. The scholarship will help her study to become a nurse. She said she became interested in the medical field after her father had a series of health problems before he died when she was young.
“I was in and out of the hospital often,” she said. “I want to help find better health care for marginalized groups.”
Pham traveled to Illinois to caddy at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe as part of the Western Golf Assn. shopping cart program.
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