Illinois PGA Foundation Announces Don Pieper Scholarship and Oscar Miles Endowment Fund Honorees

Nov 6, 2019

GLENVIEW, Ill. – November 6, 2019 – The Illinois PGA Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Don Pieper Scholarship and the 2019 Oscar Miles Endowment Fund. Jack Troy is the 2019 Oscar Miles Endowment Fund Honoree and there were 15 total Don Pieper Scholarship recipients in 2019.  These two scholarships as well as the Alice Meyer Brown and Louis M. Brown Scholarship are awarded annually by the Illinois PGA Foundation.  

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, a $1 million gift was pledged to the Illinois PGA foundation in 2004 to create two endowed funds in honor of Merit Club’s PGA Director of Golf, Don Pieper, and Merit Club’s renowned Golf Course Superintendent Oscar Miles. Awards from the Oscar Miles Endowment Fund are provided to the following areas of interest: turfgrass research, continuing education for Midwestern Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAGCS) and Turf Equipment Technicians Association (TETA) Members, children and grandchildren of MAGCS Members pursuing a college education and non-profit organizations that utilize golf to promote youth development. 

Jack Troy, the great-grandson of Illinois Golf Hall of Famer Zigfield Troy and the son of Illinois PGA Professional Mike Troy, is the 2019 Oscar Miles Endowment Fund recipient. Jack graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2017 and is now a junior at the University of Nebraska studying turf science. In high school, Jack played on the Waubonsie Valley mens’ golf team for four years. He was the team MVP and qualified for state his junior and senior years (2016 & 2017). Jack’s grandfather, Dennis Troy, PGA, was a part of Oscar Miles’ maintenance team at Olympia Fields during the 1960s. Jack has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps as he worked on the grounds crew at Zigfield Troy Golf Club from 2014-2018. This past summer, he had a turf science internship at Glen Oak Country Club.

The Illinois PGA Foundation Don Pieper Scholarship Award encourages and promotes the attainment of higher education goals for the children, grandchildren, child-in-laws and nieces or nephews of Illinois PGA Members who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. Additionally, any individual who resides within the geographic boundaries of the Illinois PGA Section and is currently enrolled in a Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) at one of the PGA accredited colleges or universities offering such a program are also eligible for this award. The winners of the 2019 Don Pieper Scholarship Award are listed below with their associated PGA Professional:

  • Maggie Anderson (Sue Anderson, PGA) – Taylor University (Class of 2021)
  • Chris Bruno (Frank Bruno, PGA) – Millikin University (Class of 2024)
  • Madeline Chemers (Harlan Chemers, PGA) -University of Illinois (Class of 2022)
  • Mia Fogel (Darryl Stackhouse, PGA) – College of Lake County IL (Class of 2020)
  • Claire Goss (Pat Goss, PGA) – Furman University (Class of 2024)
  • Jack Grant (Ian Grant, PGA) – Michigan Technological University (Class of 2022)
  • Ben Holub (Mike Holub, PGA) – Iowa State University (Class of 2024)
  • Tyson Kralis (Ray Kralis, PGA) – Illinois State University (Class of 2024)
  • Karly Latkiewicz (Pete Latkiewicz, PGA) – Elmhurst College (Class of 2020)
  • Jeremy Lorenz (Rich Lorenz, PGA) – Illinois State University (Class of 2022)
  • Claire Lunde (Steve Lunde, PGA) – DePaul University (Class of 2024)
  • Maggie Lynch (Patrick Lynch, PGA) – Illinois State University (Class of 2024)
  • Andrew Romack (Ron Romack, PGA) – Iowa State University (Class of 2021)
  • Katie Shook (Jason Shook, PGA) – University of Alabama (Class of 2024)
  • Jesse Slattery (Ed Slattery, PGA) – Rockford University (Class of 2021)
  • Isabella Stackhouse (Darryl Stackhouse, PGA) – Calvin University (Class of 2019)
  • Philip Stackhouse (Darryl Stackhouse, PGA) – Xavier University (Class of 2022)

About the Illinois PGA/Illinois PGA Foundation
The Illinois Section of the PGA of America is a professional organization serving the men and women golf professionals in northern and central Illinois who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. The Illinois PGA is responsible for the administration of competitive golf tournaments, educational opportunities, support programs and growth of the game initiatives. With over 840 members and apprentices, the Illinois PGA is one of the 41 regional Sections that comprise the PGA of America. The Illinois PGA Foundation focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. Foundation initiatives include: GolfWorks Illinois, Youth-based Scholarship Funds and the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. For more information about the Illinois PGA and the Illinois PGA Foundation, please visit and join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Kevin Quinn
Illinois PGA Communications
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