Women raise scholarship funds at Birdies & Brunch

By Kathy Norcross Watts


The inaugural women-only Birdies & Brunch at Old Town Country Club raised $9,500 for Crosby Scholars’ need-based Last Dollar Grants.

Crosby Scholars Board of Directors Secretary Ginger Salt, of Piedmont Federal, welcomed approximately 75 women, who enjoyed brunch at Old Town Country Club as they learned about how Crosby Scholars has assisted students in preparing for successful college enrollment. They also participated in a full swing golf clinic led by PGA Pro Golfer Charles Frost.

Crosby Scholars Alumnus Israel Suarez said that thanks to his mother and Crosby Scholars, he earned a full ride to Catawba College and graduated cum laude with academic honors. He is in the second year of his doctoral program at Wake Forest University, where he is studying medicinal chemistry. He also serves as a member of the Crosby Scholars Board of Directors.

“Crosby Scholars is relentless,” Suarez says. “They pushed me at a time when I didn’t believe in myself. Statistics said a young Hispanic male living at or below the poverty line would be in a gang or jail or have a low-paying job. You’re helping rewrite people’s stories day in and day out.”

Former Wake Forest University Golf Coach Dianne Dailey discussed changes in women’s golf that she experienced in her career: how teams were selected for NCAA championships; the ability of coaches to coach student golfers during competition; and format changes in tournament play. A group of coaches worked together to change these procedures to improve opportunities for golfers, and the results have led to better golf. Wake Forest University’s Jennifer Kupcho was the first champion of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

“It was the best match play I’ve ever seen, men or women,” Dailey said. “The sportsmanship was unbelievable. You’re going to find that event really makes a difference in the growth of women’s golf.”

All of these positive changes resulted from people who took action, she said.

“In each case, you had a group of people who said, ‘How can we make a difference? How can it get better for other people?’” Dailey said. “You don’t have to be on the national stage; you can do it every single day. Each of you all have your own sphere of influence. Just ask yourself: what can I do to make this better? You’re doing that by being here today. You’re enabling young men and women to go to college. These folks are our future.”


2019 Birdies & Brunch Program