ASK MOST COLLEGE STUDENTS if they feel they have enough free time and the answer will likely be
an emphatic “no.”
Classes, clubs, job searches and social
obligations fill the days of collegians – often
times overwhelmingly so. For Alex O’Connor,
however, a busy schedule never fazes him.
On the contrary, the rising sophomore at
Cabrini University has proven that he is one
to embrace a crowded calendar.
“I like to work a lot,” O’Connor, 19, of
Conshohocken, Pa., said. “I’m not really a
person to sit still very much.”
As a caddie at Whitemarsh Valley Country
Club, O’Connor certainly spends plenty of
time on his feet. He loops four to six days
each week during the summer months. He
even gets out multiple times a week during
the school year – at least while the weather
still allows it.
O’Connor’s commitment to his work
hasn’t gone unrecognized by those around
him. His devotion to caddying at Whitemarsh Valley is a large part of what earned
O’Connor a scholarship from the J. Wood
Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. He was
named the recipient of the Brian P. Kelly
Endowed Scholarship, an award given to a
caddie at the club.
“Alex has great work ethic,” said Brian Kelly,
the Scholarship’s namesake, a long-time
Whitemarsh Valley member and a J. Wood
Platt Board Member. “You could see it when
he started caddying. He wants to be busy.
He’s that type of kid.”
Kelly, 57, of Blue Bell, Pa., served as a cad-
die himself at Whitemarsh during the 1970s.
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
By Greg Welsh