erry Moskowitz’s second life was golf.
So much so, said his son Mark, that at his dad’s burial,
the Moskowitz family didn’t know half the attendees there
to pay final respects.
“No one in our family knew how much he touched the lives of
others,” said Mark, 65, of Chester Springs, Pa.
Jerry Moskowitz died in 2000 at age 74.
Thanks to a special gift to the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust,
the Moskowitz legacy will continue to touch those in the game he loved.
The Friends of Jerry Moskowitz are funding The Jerry Moskowitz
Endowed Scholarship. It is awarded to a caddie who attends St. Joseph’s
University, the University of Pennsylvania or Villanova University. The
first recipient will be named later this year.
Moskowitz always had a passion and a
talent for the game. He walked on to the
Ohio State University golf team in the mid-
1940s. He later joined White Manor Country
Club before becoming a public golfer. He
eventually landed at Bala Golf Club where
he was a member for 15 years. The talented
Moskowitz would regularly play more than
200 rounds a year and was a Bala Club
Championship runner-up a number of times.
According to Mark, even later in life, Jerry would regularly shoot his
age. The ability to hit the ball was always there.
From the late 1960s through 1990, Moskowitz owned a dry-cleaning
shop in Primos, Pa. In the afternoon, he regularly disappeared for hours
… to play golf. (We should all be so lucky.)
In his late 60s, a shoulder injury slowed down his course exploits.
A little bit after that, he developed Type 2 diabetes. Stricken from the
course, Moskowitz turned his energy toward his other hobby, antique
golf club collecting. He was a topic expert: finding, buying, fixing and
trading. Moskowitz turned his basement into a golf repair shop.
In the June 2011 issue of The GCS Bulletin published by the Golf
Collectors Society, there is a story about how Moskowitz and the
legendary Johnny McDermott became friends.
McDermott liked an old wood-shafted putter Moskowitz used for
chipping. Jerry gave it to him. In return, McDermott gave Moskowitz a
mashie iron and said, “This is the club I used to win two U.S. Opens.
I wanted you to have it.”
Mark said his father was a man of incredible integrity and high
“There was never a conversation he wouldn’t turn to golf. It was his
message. He loved the game,” said Mark. “Unfortunately, his diabetes
got worse, and when golf left his life, he died.”
Moskowitz may be gone, but he’ll now be ever remembered. m
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship
Trust announced the creation of three
new Endowed Scholarships, bringing the
total of fully funded endowments to 30.
The newly established endowments, each of
which will have a first recipient in 2019-20, are:
• The Robert M. Aiken, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
awarded to a caddie from St. Davids Golf Club or attends the
University of Pennsylvania.
• The Michael Bamberger Endowed Scholarship
awarded to a high-performing caddie with a displayed financial need.
• The Boyce/DePaul Endowed Scholarship
awarded to a caddie who attends either Penn State University,
St. Joseph’s University or Villanova University.
• The Jeffrey & Krista Mitzak Endowed Scholarship
awarded to a caddie who works at Metedeconk National Golf Club,
Philadelphia Cricket Club or Stonewall.
• The Jerry Moskowitz Endowed Scholarship
awarded to a caddie who attends St. Joseph’s University, the University
of Pennsylvania or Villanova University.
By Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
The Jerry Moskowitz Endowed Scholarship
Later in life, Moskowitz would
regularly shoot his age.