Tom LoCasale Developing Character Through Golf Scholarship

Funded by
LoCasale Family and Friends
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$2,000
1st winner$1,000
2nd winner$1,000
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
10
Application Deadline
May 28, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 23, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Athletics:
Plays golf
Education Level:
Athletics:
High school senior
Plays golf

Tom LoCasale represented the good in the world and improved the lives of those around him.

Tom believed that a happy, healthy, and productive life came from a set of skills and was always working on bettering himself. Tom was able to develop patience, perseverance, and character through his practice of golf. He spent many years volunteering with First Tee, introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to youth.

This scholarship seeks to honor Tom LoCasale’s life by supporting students who have learned valuable life skills through the sport of golf.

Any high school senior who plays golf may apply for this scholarship. Candidates who will be a first-generation college student or identify as an underrepresented minority are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply, tell us about the biggest lesson you’ve learned from golf and how you’ll use those lessons in the future.

Published January 13, 2022
$2,000
1st winner$1,000
2nd winner$1,000
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
10
Application Deadline
May 28, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 23, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us the biggest life lesson you have learned through golf and how you plan on utilizing the lessons learned throughout your future. 

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Aliyah Asadi
University of California-Los AngelesSan Diego, CA
As soon as I started, I fell in love with the sport and was always super excited to go to practice. However, there were freshman girls who had been playing since five years old, and I was a junior with no experience trying to find my way. This motivated me to put in as much time and effort as I could to get on to the varsity team. From March through October of 2021, with the exclusion of summer break, I spent more than 15 hours a week at the golf course practicing. Five days a week, right after school ended I would change and then practice at the course for three hours at a time. Each day, I’d spend an hour on the putting green working on my short game, another hour on the driving range working on my long game, 30 minutes practicing chipping and getting out of sand bunkers, then the rest of my time was spent playing on the actual course with the little bit of daylight left. My hard work paid off, and I was playing in varsity matches my senior year for a D-1 team that ended up having an undefeated season, and I even won the CIF Scholar-Athlete Captain Award. This award is given to only one person a year within each sport, and I was awarded it for having the highest GPA out of every single female high school golfer in our league/region. With close to four hundred hours of practice, I managed to go from not knowing anything to playing alongside girls that had been playing golf for multiple years, some of whom have been playing since they were five. Although I didn’t make captain due to my lack of experience, many of the younger players, even if they had been playing longer than me, looked up to me for improvement tips related to both golf and school. In the future, I plan to use this persistence to drive me through college. I’m on track to get my Bachelor’s in Human Biology & Society at UCLA at least a year early, and from there I’m going to continue on to earn my Master’s degree as well. Although I won’t be playing golf for the UCLA team, I still plan on playing regularly as it has become a part of my regular routine and a hobby which I truly love, as it allows me to clear my head and socialize, which is vital to have as a college student. If it weren’t for golf, I wouldn’t be where I am today: I wouldn’t have been able to push through the 8 AP courses I took during the time I played for my school’s team, I wouldn’t have put as much effort into my college applications or scholarships, and I wouldn’t have the determination I have now to achieve my dreams. I’ve played other sports in the past, such as volleyball and swim, but I owe the majority of what I have today to golf in particular, and the persistence I developed while learning to hone my skills going from rock bottom to the top.
Jason Carroll
Louisburg CollegeWake Forest, NC
There are several lessons that I have learned through golf that are useful in everyday life and in my future. Golf teaches patience, and balance with your mind and your body. Golf has also taught me that overthinking only leads to more problems. Self control over your mind and mood is definitely important. It has also taught me that just because you might make a mistake doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing well. Others make mistakes, too. You can’t tell someone’s skill set by looking at them, either. The old adage of not judging a book by its cover is very true in the game of golf. It is best just to be patient and do your personal best. You will have good games and bad games. The game of golf is very much like life itself. I have also learned a lot about life while golfing. This may not have anything to do with the act of golfing itself. It may be due to whom I practice with. I practice with 2 senior citizens who have grandkids older than me, and with two adults with kids my age. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I win often because I have age on my side. These men have experience and course knowledge on their side. On the course, there is plenty of time for talking between shots. I have gotten to hear so many of these gentleman’s stories. I would say wisdom, but some of it is just hilarious banter. Still, there is something to be said for learning from those who have blazed the trail of life before you. I don’t get any time with my own grandfather these days and it is nice having these goofy golfers in my life. My own grandfather is busy taking care of my grandmother with severe Alzheimer’s, but he had gone with me to a charity golf tournament for father’s day once. The biggest lesson that I have learned through golf is how important preparedness is. Alexander Graham Bell said, “before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” When I went to regionals with my school, I realized how important being prepared truly was. If I had not gotten there a day earlier to play the course like the others had, I would have felt more nervous and would have definitely let that get in the way of my mental game. I also had a good breakfast and went to bed at a good time. Each of these things are important in feeling prepared. Feeling prepared makes you more confident and professional, even though I had never done anything like this before. I didn’t win regionals that year, but I did feel happy with how far I had come in my first season golfing for high school. This year my school doesn’t have a team, and that does make me sad. I still golf with my buddies, and I will take the lessons learned from this experience with me my whole life.

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The application deadline is May 28, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 23, 2022.

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