b'Berne Neufeld, champion ofFuturesEvans Scholars, receives DSA from British Columbia Golf So BrightFirst as a high school teacher and then asNorthwest students the director of Victoria Golf Clubs Evansreceive Evans Scholarship program for caddies, Berne NeufeldScholarshipshas made changing the lives of young people a personal passion. Thirteen young students from This spring she received the Distinguishedregion who have spent a portion of the past twoBrothers Trevor and Service Award from British Columbia Golf inyears working as a caddie will be attendingHunter Angove both recognition of the volunteer work she has donecollege in the fall on an Evans Scholarship.caddied at Bandon to benefit the game.This spring, nominees were awarded the ChickDunes Golf Resort, Neufeld is the reason the Evans programEvans Caddie Scholarships, a full tuition andand both have been exists at Victoria GC and her steadfasthousing college scholarship. awarded an Evans determination is why it has prospered.Berne just took it uponEvans Scholars are selected based on fourScholarship. herself to make it happen, says John Bodenhamer, who iscriteria: caddie record, academics, financial need now chief championships officer with the United States Golfand leadership and character. The scholarshis Association. She singlehandedly made it happen. estimated value is $120,000 for four years. Bodenhamer, the former executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, first met Neufeld when she was Victorias representative to the PNGA and later served as president of its womens division.She inspired us in Washington and Oregon with how hard she worked for those kids, Bodenhamer says. She cared deeply about every one of them. They were like family members and she was just incredibly organized. She never missed a beatMohamed Bullo Tommy Nguyenand she saw that those kids did all the right things to virtuallyWAVERLEY EASTMORELANDguarantee that they were going to get a scholarship. COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSEIt is not a stretch to say these scholarships are life-changing. They include full tuition, room and board and are worth in excess of $120,000.Neufeld was taken aback when she received the call informing her about the award.I was so shocked and I was near tears, she says. I was thinking, what did I do? I feel very humbled receiving this award. Simon Abraha Lisa Chen Andrew RobertsonAfter getting the Evans program started at Victoria, NeufeldWAVERLEY EASTMORELANDBANDON DUNES basically ran it. She interviewed prospective candidates andCOUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE GOLF RESORTafter they had been accepted she mentored them along the way.Maybe her biggest contribution was finding the candidates and then mentoring them through the process because there is no doubt that the Evans Scholars that Victoria has produced are just outstanding young people, says British Columbia Golfs chief executive officer Kris Jonasson. Theres very few times in somebodys life when they can make a life-long contribution toHenok Assalif Ansen Converse Holly StewartSEATTLE GOLF CLUB BANDON DUNES VICTORIA GOLF CLUBanother individual and Berne has done just that. GOLF RESORTNeufeld, who recently stepped aside and turned the reins of the program to a committee at the club, says the program had a big impact on her life.I was allowed to continue to help kids because I had been a school teacher, she says. These kids were about the ages that I knew really well. I would fall in love with them because they are young people; they come here and some of them dont know anything about golf. Molly Beyer Zachary Frankenberg Nathan Williamson Brad Ziemer PORTLAND GOLF CLUB SEATTLE GOLF CLUB PORTLAND GOLF CLUBJUNE 2022 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER9'