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Brandon McCarty awarded scholarship

CCA grad selected for Iowa PGA Foundation’s Charlie Burkart Scholarship

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty native and Clear Creek Amana High School graduate Brandon McCarty was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkart Scholarship honoree by the Iowa PGA Foundation.
“I am very honored and appreciative that I was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkhart Scholarship winner. This award will be a tremendous help as I continue my academic and golf career at the next level,” McCarty said.
In college, he plans to play golf and major in business with a minor in finance. McCarty starts his golf and college career at Kirkwood Community College with the goal to transfer to a Division I school after year two. Following college, his dream is to continue to play golf at the professional level.
Knowing the road is extremely difficult, his backup plan is to become a PGA Teaching Professional and manage a golf course.
The game of golf has meant so much to McCarty growing up. He credits the game of golf for shaping his character. Three of the most important lessons he learned from golf are etiquette, patience and integrity. The lessons have not only made his golf game better but also help him be a better person moving forward.
Golf is also an escape for McCarty. It allows him the ability to pour his passion into something he absolutely loves.
Golf continues to play a role in his future. Coming from a golf-centered family, McCarty understands the hard work the sport requires and what it takes to get to the next level. He also knows golf will always be a sport that will continue to guide his character.
He will be a student athlete at Kirkwood, so McCarty will not be able to work while going to school. The scholarship is a blessing to McCarty and his family reducing the financial burden, allowing him to focus on his schoolwork and golf.
Coming from a golfing family, McCarty was born with a passion for golf. His dad Chad McCarty and his Uncle Sean McCarty were both members of the University of Iowa Golf Team. Both continued to be top players in the State of Iowa, so it was only natural McCarty developed a love for the game of golf. Before he could walk, he was trying to swing the club. Because of this drive for golf, he became a member of the Iowa PGA Pee Wee Tour at the age of 8. Since this time, he continued to play on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, and the Iowa City Golf Association events.
McCarty had a successful high school golf career. He was the Team Captain and top golfer on the Clear Creek Amana High School team since his freshman year. Other high school golf accomplishments include individual state qualifier sophomore and junior year, First Team All-State junior year, First Team All-Conference sophomore and junior years, All-Conference Honorable Mention freshman year, Academic All-Conference sophomore and junior years, KGYM/Sheet Metal Workers Athlete of the Week, Des Moines Register All-Iowa Elite Team Honorable Mention junior year, as well as a varsity letter winner each year. His goal for this season was to become the 3A state golf champion, before COVID-19 hit and took the season away.
“I have known the McCarty family for over 20 years, and they consistently display strong family values and teach a sense of community in their children. They would do anything for you and have shown time and again that they are a great addition to any community. His parents are a great support team for anything he pursues, and he has always strived to be the best,” said Brown Deer Golf Club PGA Professional Brian Wernimont.
In addition to golf, McCarty played basketball and ran cross-country in high school. He was a four-year letter winner on a team qualifying for the state cross country championship four times. In addition, he won the 2019 cross country Most Valuable Teammate Award and Academic All-Conference his junior and senior years. For basketball, McCarty won the Offensive MVP award his freshman year and the Coaches Award his sophomore year.
In addition to athletics, academics have been a priority for McCarty in high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was on the honor roll each year
Brad Fox, principal at Clear Creek Amana Middle School, had some nice words to say about Brandon.
“He leads by example with his positive outlook and the integrity he shows on and off the course. Brandon is someone I want my son to look up to and emulate in school, on the golf course, and in life.”
The Iowa PGA Foundation annually awards a college scholarship in memory of Charlie Burkart, PGA member for 50 years and Head PGA Professional at the Elmcrest Country Club, in Cedar Rapids, for 43 years. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students in furthering their education. At least one high school graduate will be the 2020 Scholarship recipient in the amount of $1,500 per year for four years. Other previously graduated applicants are reviewed with additional scholarships awarded when possible.
Any graduating high school senior or previous graduate residing within the boundaries of the Iowa PGA Section and the State of Iowa is eligible to apply.
Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, leadership skills/community involvement, then on their academic/professional ability and financial need.
The Iowa PGA Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Charlie Burkart Scholarship. Applicants must complete the application and mail to the scholarship committee prior to a to-be-determined date. Applications can be mailed to Iowa PGA Section, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327. Call 319-648-0026 with any questions.

Each applicant is required to submit the following when applying for the scholarship:
1. High school transcript of work completed and description of any post-secondary academic achievement.
2. Two recommendations– may be from a high school administrator or teacher, a PGA professional or other non-family connections.
3. Applicant must include a self-statement concerning his/her interest in golf, other activities and awards, his/her educational and vocational plans/career goals and financial need.
4. Applicant is requested to send a list of other scholarship they have applied for and those that they have received.