EACH TIME MAIL CAME to Parker Bria’s home, the anticipation and wishful thinking continued to grow. After being interviewed as a finalist for the
Platt Evans Scholarship, Bria wondered when
and if she would get the life-changing news
all college students hope for: a full-tuition and
When the letter finally arrived a few weeks
after the interview, she said opening it was one
of the scariest things she had ever done, yet
the most rewarding. She was selected a Platt
Bria, 17, of Roslyn Pa., is entering her third
season as a caddie at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. She will be a freshman at Penn State
“You put in for all of these scholarships as
a senior and you tell yourself if it doesn’t work
out you tried anyway,” Bria, a recent graduate
of Abington High School, said. “When I found
out that I was a finalist, I was through the
roof. I was beyond excited and a bit surprised
because there were so many people who sub-
mitted for it. You look back at all of the things
you have done and have worked hard for and
for someone to want to help you out is great.”
Parker spent the last eight summers with
Kids on the Hill, a camp run through the Police
Athletic League and the First Tee of Greater
Philadelphia. It was there where caddying was
brought to her attention.
“At one point a representative from Hunting-
don Valley came and talked to us about
caddying,” Bria said. “So that is how I looked
into it. It is such a great field to get experience
and exposure. I have made so many connec-
tions with the members and the caddies there.
You learn so many life lessons through other
people’s experiences. I can’t imagine the person
I would be without caddying.”
Huntingdon Valley is known for being the
home of legendary Golf Association of Philadel-
phia champions such as O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.,
William Hyndman, III and Lincoln Roden, III,
to name only a few. It is also known for its
long-standing and vibrant caddie program.
“Parker is hard-working,” Nate Todd,
Huntingdon Valley’s caddiemaster from 2011-
2017, said. “She would come to the caddie yard
and put her time in although it’s tough to get
loops as young caddies. She is really enthusiastic and always has a smile on her face. She’s
very detail-oriented and when she got out
her first year she was always hustling. I got so
much great feedback from our members about
her. They would tell me how great of an asset
she was to our caddie program.”
Bria, who is one of five female caddies at the club, has looped frequently for Leslie Lewis, a 12-year HVCC member.
Lewis said that regardless of gender, Bria is a
person who does her job and does it well.
“Parker is such a deserving person of that
scholarship,” Lewis said. “One of my favorite
stories about Parker was when I was playing
with fellow member and [J. Wood Platt Vice
Chairwoman] Tina Gregor. Tina often takes the
same caddie, who at the time was battling a
foot injury. Without me asking, she would run
and rake his bunkers for him. She hustled the
whole day to help Greg [“Bones”] Greenberg out.
Bria’s positivity carries over into her home life.
Her mother Tina, 51, has a physical disability
that keeps her from working and Bria’s family
also takes care of her mentally-ill grandmother.
Bria’s father Charles, 52, is the lone financial
provider to take care of five others, including
Bria’s two sisters Mariel, 20, and Francesca, 15.
She said the added responsibility faced early
on in life has helped her mature a lot quicker
than most kids do.
Now Bria will embark on her dream to
become an engineer at the 20th best engineering school in the country, according to
U.S. News. A school she didn’t wholeheartedly examine before receiving the Platt Evans
“The hardest thing during my college
search was to have to pick and choose between schools and look at their financial aid
packages,” Bria said. “Without the Platt Evans
Scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to pick
the right school for me. Penn State wasn’t
even a consideration before the scholarship
and now I can’t fathom not thinking about it. I
definitely wouldn’t be at Penn State and their
great engineering program without the Evans
Dalton Balthaser is a 2018 graduate of Temple University, majoring in journalism. From Kutztown, Pa.,
Balthaser is the Six-Month USGA Boatwright intern
with the GAP Communications Department through
the remainder of year.
“I CAN’T IMAGINE THE PERSON I WOULD BE WITHOUT CADDYING.” BY DALTON BALTHASER