DEAN SHORTRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP

Junior Golf Aberdeen is proud to offer the Dean Shortridge Scholarship.
TWO $1000 college scholarships to be awarded to local junior golfers.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 31, 2022

Congratulations to our past winners

2021 Winners - Braydon Jones, Micah Dohrer, Danielle Podoll

A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with low confidenceBraydon Jones of Aberdeen, SD played golf for Aberdeen Central High School and was an All-Conference, multiple All-State, and Academic All-State competition winner.  He had a successful junior career playing in the PGA Junior League, SDGA Junior Tour, SDGA Championships, and many local championships.  Braydon was also a First Tee participant and coach for PGA Junior League.

Braydon had an outstanding academic career graduating second in his class, was a member of the National Honor Society, and won many scholarly awards.  He is attending the South Dakota School of Mines majoring in electrical engineering.

Micah Dohrer was an excellent high school athlete for Aberdeen Central, and later Roncalli.  He played basketball and golf and won the South Dakota Class A Individual Golf Championship his senior year.  He was also a multiple winner of several events including the City Junior Championship and Moccasin Creek Junior Club Championship.

Micah worked the summers as a coach for the First Tee lesson program and served as a mentor to young golfers.  He is attending Dakota Wesleyan University and playing on the men’s golf team.

 
A child smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with low confidenceDanielle Podoll of Aberdeen, SD attended Aberdeen Central and played on the girl’s golf team, earning All-Conference and All-State honors.  She was an Eagle level participate in the First Tee, served in 4-H, played on the numerous state champion Aberdeen Cougar girls hockey team, participated in rodeo, and won several junior golf events throughout her playing career.

As a National Honor Society member and Honor Roll graduate, Danielle is attending Southwest Minnesota State University and is pursuing a degree in Biology and Pre-Med.

2020 Winner - Ethan Vikander

Junior Golf Aberdeen is pleased to announce the winner of the Dean Shortridge Scholarship to benefit Aberdeen area junior golfers seeking post-high school educations. 

A $1000 scholarship has been awarded for the 2020-2021 school year to Ethan Vikander of Aberdeen, SD. Ethan played high school golf for Aberdeen Central and was a multiple All-ESD and All-State team member.  Ethan also enjoyed success on the on the SDGA Junior Tour and Minnesota Junior Tour and participated in several state championships.

Ethan volunteered as an instructor for the First Tee of South Dakota helping instruct youth at Moccasin Creek Country Club.  He also worked as a coach for the Rolling Hills teams as part of the Aberdeen PGA Junior League.  He is attending Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS, is a member of the men’s golf team, and pursuing a degree in business management.
 

2019 Winners - Camryn Wipf





A $1000 scholarship has been awarded for the 2019-2020 school year to Camryn Wipf of Aberdeen, SD.  Camryn played high school varsity golf for Aberdeen Central, and was a regular on the SDGA Sanford Junior Golf Tour.  Camryn has been active in The First Tee of South Dakota achieving the Ace Level and serving as a coach and mentor with The First Tee program in Aberdeen.  She graduated as one of the top students in her class and is attending Northern State University and pursuing a degree in elementary education.


In addition, three $250 scholarship winners were awarded:

  Lucas Schaefbauer of Aberdeen, SD is a former State A High School Team and Individual Champion for Roncalli High School.  He is also a coach and mentor for The First Tee of South Dakota and is attending South Dakota State University, while playing on the men’s golf team.
 
  Emily Kokales of Aberdeen graduated from Roncalli High School, played on the varsity girls golf team along with many other prep sports, and was an outstanding student and school leader.  She is attending the University of South Dakota.
 
  Brooklyn Hofer, a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School, achieved the Ace Level in The First Tee of South Dakota, and enjoyed an outstanding junior golf career.   She is attending Concordia St. Paul (MN) and playing on the women’s golf team.

 

 

2018 Winner - Sydney Wirebaugh

Sydney Wirebaugh of Aberdeen, SD is an Aberdeen Central High School graduate and varsity leader of the Central Girls Golf team while enjoyed a standout junior golf career in the region.  Sydney has been active in The First Tee of South Dakota achieving the Ace Level and serving as a coach and mentor with The First Tee program in Aberdeen.  She graduated as one of the top students in her class and is attending South Dakota State University, playing on the Women’s Golf team, and pursuing a degree in early childhood education.

2017 Winner - Mikayla Santjer

Mikayla Santjer of Aberdeen, SD, an Aberdeen Central High School graduate and varsity leader of the Central Girls Golf team. She is attending Post University in Waterbury, CT, playing on the Women’s Golf & Hockey teams, and pursuing a degree in equine studies.

2016 Winner - Connor Preston

Connor Preston of Aberdeen, SD, is an Aberdeen Central High School graduate and five year stand out for the Central Golf program. He is attending Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, playing on the Men’s Golf team, and pursuing a degree in Graphic Design.

2015 Winners - Josh Anderson & Zach Streier

Josh Anderson graduated from Aberdeen Central High School and will be attending the University of South Dakota.
Zach Streier is a 2015 Aberdeen Roncalli High School graduate and will be attending South Dakota State University.