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PP&R EAGLE caddies, in photo from left to right: Julie Liu, Zyhara West, Tan Huynh, Sebastian Reyes, Uriel Chacon Alvarado, Vanessa Castellanos Mederos, Natalie Herrejon-Balderas, Kennedy Phillips, Daysi Narruhn (Photo: courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation)
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 14 February 2023

Portland students currently enrolled as ninth graders are encouraged to apply for the EAGLE Caddie Program. The Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment program is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation, and public and private high schools located within the city of Portland.*

Students who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, non-binary, immigrants or refugees are encouraged to apply. Scholarship opportunities may be available to EAGLE participants. The scholarship is supported by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation and valued at more than $100,000 over four years. Portland Parks Golf EAGLE Caddie Program participants may become eligible to apply for the scholarship.

“The EAGLE caddie program offers valuable work experience and a pathway to higher education for young Portlanders from families earning a low income,” says Dan Ryan, Portland commissioner of culture and livability. “I encourage all eligible high school freshman to apply. More than 70 Portland students have had their full tuition and housing costs covered through the Evans Scholarship since 1989.”

Students do not need experience in the game of golf to apply as an EAGLE caddie. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage as golf caddies on Portland Parks Golf courses. EAGLE caddies, expected to caddie for 40 golf rounds during each summer season, receive work credit hours with mentors who monitor their progress and help guide their success.

“The EAGLE program is a wonderful way for young people from diverse backgrounds to gain professional experience, learn about golf, and to see firsthand the other wonderful opportunities available with Portland Parks & Recreation,” says PP&R Director Adena Long.

“The program is a great way to expand the game of golf to the next generation of players.”

The deadline for EAGLE applications is April 28, 2023. For more information on the program and to apply, please go to portland.gov/parks/sports/eagle or contact PP&R Golf Program Manager Vincent Johnson at [email protected] or (503) 318-1432.

To apply directly, go to the EAGLE program application form at https://bit.ly/3ljzR2x.

*Students who attend high schools that are not located within the City of Portland may contact the following golf courses about their area’s respective caddie programs: Oswego Lake Country Club, Portland Golf Club, Riverside Golf & Country Club, Royal Oak Country Club in Vancouver, Tualatin Country Club, Waverley Country Club, and Willamette Valley Country Club.

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