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The confidence

I gained from


themembers and


staff at Inverness

is leveraged

personally and


to this day.

Former Local

Caddie Endows

Evans Scholarship

Jay Heintschel and his two

younger brothers, John and

Joel, grew up caddying initially

tohelp their parentswithpaying

tuition to attend St. John’s

High School in Toledo, but it

brought them so much more

than a high school education.

It brought opportunities and

personal growth that has lasted

a lifetime.

When he was younger, Jay’s

father worked for Toledo Trust,

as well as at a night job at

Raceway Park, to keep “food

on the table” for mom and five

kids. Although the family was

always well cared for, there

was not a lot of extra money

floating around the Heintschel

household, so Jay learned early

the basic principal of taking

responsibility and helping to

make ends meet.

Through a friend, Jay’s father

heard of an opportunity where

caddies might be able to earn

a college scholarship through

the Evans Scholars program by

being a caddie at the nearby

Inverness Club. That potential

was good enough for him, so

he enrolled Jay in the program.

At the age of 14, Jay was all

of 5’6” tall and weighed in at

75 pounds; many of the bags

he carried seemed as if they

themselves weighed that much,

especially on an extremely hot

day. On his very first loop, he

struggled, but earned the flat

fee of $3.50 along with a 50-

cent tip. He went home that

night and told his father that

he was done with carrying

someone else’s golf bag and

wasn’t going back. His father,

in so many words, informed

him that he was not going

to give up on something that

easily and yes, he was going to

continue as a caddie.

Jay is glad his father did not

let him take the easy way out.

The lessons of hard work,

interacting with adults and

often being mentored by

successful professionals from

all walks of life on the golf

course served him well in his

own business career.

By the end of that summer, Jay

had started an annual passion,

often logging more than 200

loops per year in his high

school years and even some

while home from college. He

regularly caddied two rounds

each day, except on Mondays,

when he and his fellowcaddies

could play the famous course.


Fred Altvater

NWO Golf Links