Tyler Lee senior golfer Sydney McConnell, along with Canton’s Dawson Pruitt, Longview’s Matthew Hanson and Diana’s William Leslie were awarded scholarships from the Northern Texas PGA Foundation.

Forty-four recipients have, or will, earn scholarships totaling $417,000, the largest amount ever awarded in a single year by the NTPGA Foundation.

McConnell was awarded the Ben Hogan Foundation Scholarship, totaling $5,000.

“The scholarship means the world to me because I’ve always wanted to make college expenses easier on my parents,” McConnell said. “(Chad and Tracie McConnell) have worked so hard thus far to provide so well for me, and I thought this was a great version of a ‘thank you’ for all of that.”

McConnell, who will be attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, is hopeful for a summer of golf.

“My golf plans for the summer are to play a few large tournaments including the Azalea Trail (Junior Golf Classic) at Hollytree,” said McConnell, who won the 2018 Azalea Trail. “It’s sort of up in the air as the tours are trying to decide how they will handle their tournaments due to COVID. I’m trying to just go with the flow, but the Azalea is a given tradition.”

The Azalea Trail tournament is scheduled for July 20-21 in Tyler.

Pruitt and Leslie received the Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship, while Hanson was award the Randy Smith Scholarship.

Forty-two high school seniors who will be attending college this fall were awarded $320,000 in scholarships. Each scholarship awarded varied between $5,000 and $20,000. In addition, one student was awarded a “last dollar” full scholarship to the Foundation’s partner school, the University of North Texas at Dallas, valued at approximately $92,000.

A scholarship totaling $5,000 will be awarded to one junior golfer via random drawings taking place at the Jerry J. Ransom Pro-Junior-Am in July.

“We are incredibly proud to have awarded a record of $417,000 in scholarships for high school seniors this year,” Mark Harrison, Executive Director and CEO of the Northern Texas PGA, said. “We are in trying times for sure, and thanks to the support of so many people who believe in our Foundation and our commitment to higher education, it was wonderful to share the great news with these students. With all things considered, they are more deserving than ever this year.”

This year, of the scholarships already awarded, 71% were based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement, while 29% were awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Since 1983, the Northern Texas PGA Foundation has awarded $3.19M in college scholarships to more than 550 deserving students.

2020 Northern Texas PGA Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

AT&T Byron Nelson Scholarship — Taleah Washington, Grand Prairie.

Ben Hogan Foundation Scholarship Marissa Bhavsar, Lewisville; Sydney McConnell, Tyler; Knox Wagoner, Dallas.

Birdies for Kids Scholarship — Daniela Rodriguez, Dallas.

Briggs Berry Heart of a Lion Scholarship Logan Eagle, Granbury;

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship Jordan Davis, Allen; Stephanie Lee, Southlake; Gabriella Tomanka, Grapevine.

Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarship Tim Fields, Dallas; Lupita Guillien-Salinas, Dallas; Marcela Landin, Dallas; Jacqueline Miranda, Dallas; Marysol Ortega, Dallas; Josue Rosa, Dallas.

Ewing Automotive Scholarship Allee Mainord, Stephenville.

Evelyn and Frank Borgsmiller Scholarship Jovana Lara, Dallas.

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship Carson Cusick, Allen; Garrett Hess, Gainesville; Mitchell Hudgens, Lubbock; Malini Prasad, Frisco.

I AM a Golfer Foundation Scholarship Drazell Washington, Dallas.

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship Orlando “Javie” Cerda, Fort Worth; Jaimee Copeland, Crowley; William Leslie, Diana; Dawson Pruitt, Canton; Taylor Saltzman, Ponder.

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship Rebeca Altamirano, Dallas; Jassiel Lorea, Dallas; Leikiys Palacios, Dallas; Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship, Jesus Rodriguez, Dallas.

Mac Spikes PGA Member Scholarship MacKenzie Kenney, Hickory Creek.

O’Brien Architects Scholarship Jeremy Zhang, Plano.

Randy Smith Scholarship Matthew Hanson, Longview.

Rob Norland Scholarship Kennedy Smith, Frisco.

Ronny Glanton/Dallas District Golf Association Scholarship Coby Montalbano,Frisco.

Royal Oaks Country Club/Nicholas Stafford Scholarship Campbell Collins, Dallas.

Scottie Scheffler / RSM Birdies Fore Love Scholarship Courtney Kang, Dallas; Matthew Willner, Frisco.

Sherrill Park/Two Dads & a Coach Scholarship Trinity Malott, Stephenville.

The Ratliff Group Scholarship Jessica Aguirre, Colleyville.

UNT Dallas/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarship Ruth Leija, Dallas.

West Texas Legends Scholarship honoring S.A. Smith, Hart Warren, Jay McClure and Sherwin Cox — Aspen Escamilla, Stephenville.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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