The Baltimore Caddie Academy
The Baltimore Caddie Academy was established in 2015 through partnership between First Tee – Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Country Club and the Western Golf Association. The vision of the academy is to help young people gain a better understanding of the game of golf, learn valuable life lessons, and help develop youth into leaders on and off the golf course.
The academy trains First Tee students to be caddies at Baltimore Country Club and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club with the goal of seeking the Evans Scholarship through the Western Golf Association. The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Each year, more than 900 deserving caddies across the country attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. The Baltimore Caddie Academy allows the potential for First Tee students to become recipients of this educational opportunity.
Students have undergone a rigorous training with First Tee – Greater Baltimore and Baltimore Country Club. After the students successfully completed the academy training program, they began their experience caddying at Baltimore Country Club and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club the second week of June. Charles Blount, a graduate shares, “The academy has been a lot of fun so far and I have met a lot of new people. Caddying has helped me keep the First Tee values at the top of my mind. Becoming a great caddie means being responsible, courteous, and respectful—these are things that are going to help me in the academy and in life.”
Virtual orientation for the Baltimore Caddie Academy is Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. To register, please click the ‘Register’ button in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Who can participate?
First Tee – Greater Baltimore students who are rising 8th graders and currently enrolled in our programming.
Is there training? Do the students need caddie experience?
No caddie experience is necessary. We will provide the students with caddie instruction and training at Baltimore Country Club, Forest Park Golf Course, and Eagle’s Nest Country Club.
When and where do the students caddie?
Our students will caddie on the weekends from Spring through Fall at several local clubs in the area including Baltimore Country Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, and for experienced caddies, Caves Valley Golf Club.
What is the benefit?
Participation in the Baltimore Caddie Academy instills values like courtesy, respect, and how to be a great caddie while getting paid. Through this program, participants are eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship through the Western Golf Association which is a full tuition scholarship renewable up to four years.