Golf, IL – (October 26, 2018)
– Ed Batta, the longtime chairman of the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation, was inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame this week for promoting caddying and helping provide more than 3,000 scholarships to deserving caddies.
Batta was presented a bronze caddie statuette during the annual NJPGA/NJSGA Celebration of Golf on Oct. 25 at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey.
Batta began caddying at age 14 at Essex Fells Country Club in Essex Fells, New Jersey, and later looped at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, while a student at Villanova University.
For more than 30 years, Batta served as the chairman of the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation, which was established in 1947 to provide college scholarships to caddies from New Jersey.
During Batta’s tenure, the NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation provided more than $14 million in financial assistance to deserving young men and women.
“Ed has worked tirelessly to help young men and women achieve their dream of a college education,” said NJSGA president Bill Frese. “I know that I speak on behalf of all us, and in particular, those young caddies who have benefitted from the Caddie Scholarship Foundation when I say to Ed, ‘Thank you and congratulations.’”
Established in 1999 and administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.
Batta was inducted as a caddie administrator, and recognized as an individual whose involvement with caddies and caddie programs bettered the lives of many.
“Ed Batta’s devotion to youth caddying and scholarships has had a life-changing impact on thousands of students from New Jersey,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “As a former caddie himself, he understands firsthand the life lessons one can learn on the golf course. His dedication to helping young caddies succeed in life is an inspiration to everyone, and his contributions will certainly have a lasting effect.”
The inaugural class of the Caddie Hall of Fame included Charles “Chick” Evans and Francis Ouimet. Recent inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Steve Williams, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and the Murray Brothers.