Cherry Valley Country Club recently received the 2016 New Jersey Golf Foundation Club of the Year Award.
The acknowledgment recognized the club’s successful mission to outreach and impact lives.
CVCC Golf Chairman Scott Carpenter and PGA Professional and Director of Golf Allan Bowman accepted the award on behalf of the club’s members.
The award, also earned by Cherry Valley CC in 2004, underscored Bowman’s role as an integral reason for the club’s successful community endeavors.
Bowman helped found the foundation fifteen years ago as Cherry Valley CC members wanted to outreach.
Bowman has gained acclaim as one of the state’s preeminent golf teachers but an annual marathon golf fundraiser, which includes his significant participation, established the Cherry Valley golf professional and his club as masters of philanthropy.
Bowman’s leadership and a receptive membership has raised more than $100,000 for the New Jersey Golf Fund.
Bowman’s original golf marathon backed by members’ support served as seed money for the NJGF startup.
“Our members love to support Allan’s efforts, especially when the beneficiaries are our youth, our military and our friends with special needs. It’s in our DNA,” said Carpenter.
Founded in 2004, New Jersey Golf Foundation is the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America (NJPGA).
NJGF commits to positively impacting lives and communities through the game of golf with a focus on three core pillars; youth, military and special needs.
Under the guidance of PGA professionals, programming is designed to provide individuals from all backgrounds an opportunity to experience the game of golf in a welcoming environment.
“Simply stated, NJGF would not exist without Allan Bowman,” NJGF Secretary Hugh Miller said.
“Allan’s herculean efforts set an example for both his peers and his members. This past year was the fifteenth year that Allan and the Cherry Valley membership rallied to raise key money that is the lifeline of our existence.”
Miller explained, “monies are used to teach the game of golf to thousands of kids in schools, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity while military veterans, many of whom are disabled, receive an opportunity to learn the game from volunteer NJPGA professionals.”
Plus, hundreds of adults and children with special needs now participate in golf thanks to the commitments of the NJGF and PGA professionals.