Career Caddy: How Carrying Clubs Turned Into Life-Changing Scholarship For A Fenton Native | Sports

GREAT WHITE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) — Fenton native Noah Kaplan says he never played golf before he started caddying.

“I was unfamiliar with golf,” Kaplan said. “I had never played there before I started caddying here at Warwick. It’s brilliant. It’s changed my life so far obviously.”

Thanks to the caddy at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Kaplan was able to apply and win a Evans Scholarshipa program that helps caddies pay for their education.

“The scholarship is estimated to be between $120,000 and $125,000 which is life changing for anyone,” Kaplan said.

He got the scholarship during his senior year of high school. He is now a rising junior at Michigan State, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Kaplan hopes to go to dental school after college.

“Actually, funny enough, I meet members here who are dentists and I’m able to shadow those members,” he said.

There are 58 caddies in the program at Warwick Hills, which is run by Fred Devendorf. Once a caddy himself in 1957, Devendorf said the experience of carrying clubs as a teenager was formative for him and positive for young people.

“It was wonderful,” Devendorf said. “You have the opportunity to walk, to learn, to interact with adults, which you normally don’t have the opportunity to do at 15 or 16.”

Devendorf said Kaplan is a wonderful caddie himself, with a caveat.

“The only thing he doesn’t say is he doesn’t compliment me on my good shots,” he said. “The problem is that I don’t have a lot of good shots.”

Steve Anderson has used Kaplan as a caddy for the past four years. He is proud of Kaplan for using a summer job and turning it into a future career for himself.

“It was a pleasure to watch him grow up and graduate from high school and now go to Michigan State and I love the Evans scholarship program because I learn from them and they learn from us,” Anderson said.

Kaplan still spends his summers caddying on the golf course. He wants to use his experience to help other caddies maximize networking opportunities on the golf course.

“Even if you don’t think you can get an Evans scholarship, it’s still worth a try,” Kaplan said. “That’s what I always tell caddies. And even if you don’t understand, you can find jobs, you can find relationships. There’s a member in every field here.”

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