PHILADELPHIA, PA – J. Wood Platt, one of the most influential figures in the history of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 4, ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Platt, who died in 1959 at the age of 61, was honored for devoting his life to the game of golf through his support of the role of youth caddies. J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Chairman Jonathan Warner attended the event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and accepted a bronze caddie statuette on Platt’s behalf.
After a decorated amateur golf career, Platt worked with GAP to found the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust in 1958. Since then, more than 3,500 young men and women have received $21 million in financial aid. During the 2017-18 academic year, 165 caddies received more than $1.15 million in aid.
For the past five years, the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust has partnered with the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation to award full tuition and housing Platt Evans Scholarships to caddies from the Philadelphia area. This fall, nine Platt Evans Scholars from GAP clubs are enrolled at Penn State University.
Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship, which will be played Sept. 6-9, will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships and establish a Scholarship House at Penn State.
“J. Wood Platt’s devotion to youth caddying has had a life-changing impact on thousands of Philadelphia-area caddies, past and present,” said Frank Morley, the chairman of the WGA, which administers the Caddie Hall of Fame. “His famous phrase, ‘Give them all a chance,’ spoke to the promise he believed all young caddies held if they were given the opportunity to earn a quality education.”
In addition to being a tireless advocate for the role of caddies in the game of golf, Platt was one of the premier players of his era.
His seven GAP Amateur championships remain a record, and he captured 11 GAP major titles during a career that spanned decades. He has the distinction of winning the inaugural USGA U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, defeating George Studinger, 5&4, at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., in 1955.
“J. Wood Platt generously volunteered his time and funds to enhance the game of golf,” Warner said. “It is an honor for him to be inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame, joining Chick Evans and Francis Ouimet. These three men were teammates and competitors on the golf course, forever remembered as advocates for caddies to earn a college education.”
Administered by the WGA since 2011, the Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition of caddying by recognizing individuals who have used their caddie experiences as a steppingstone for future success, have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or have supported the role of caddies.
Past inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Charles “Chick” Evans, Francis Ouimet, Steve Williams, Jim “Bones” Mackay, the Murray Brothers and Peter Ueberroth.