ASGA Charitable Trust: Honoring the Contributions of ASGA Member Joe Germano
July 24, 2019 | Westchester, New York

In 1989, the American Seniors Golf Association established – through the vision of its board and the generosity of its members – a Charitable Trust in order to support national and international organizations that promote the growth and development of youth golf.

With more than $225,000 in assets, the ASGA Charitable Trust is able to continually make a difference for organizations that use golf as an important vehicle to change young lives.

Please scroll down to learn more about this Charitable Trust and how you can help us positively impact even more lives and also enjoy a tribute to Joe Germano, our distinguished member who was recently recognized with our Trust’s greatest honor.


A Fitting Tribute to Joe!

During our farewell dinner at the 2019 ASGA Summer Championship we took a moment to unveil the most recent recipient of our Charitable Trust contribution – the Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Fund, Inc. (WGACSF).

This very deserving 501(c)(3) charitable and educational, nonprofit organization – based out of Elmsford, New York – provides financial need-based scholarships to caddies and others who work in service to golf at local participating golf and country clubs.

The contribution from the ASGA Charitable Trust will go towards establishing a new endowed scholarship fund, which will be named in honor of Joe Germano, our dedicated ASGA member since 1997.

“We could not think of a more deserving person to have his name attached to this endowed scholarship,” said Ken Auerbach, who serves as chairman of the ASGA Charitable Trust. “We are so fortunate to have such a supportive Board and membership, and we hope that this latest gift will set the stage for even more growth of our Charitable Trust.”

Joe Germano, a 94-year-old lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, maintains a 16 handicap at Bonnie Briar Country Club. His skill on the links and his dedication over the years to the ASGA alone would make him worthy of this honor. However, it is the totality of his nine decades of contributions which makes him a legend to us all. 

Following a career in U.S. Marine Corps where he served in the Battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and operations in the Philippines, Joe settled back in Mamaroneck where he opened and operated Mamaroneck Garage and has been an integral contributor to the local community. One of the organizations dearest to his heart has been the WGACSF, which Joe has supported both personally and through his business for many years.

Earlier this season, the ASGA Charitable Trust allocated $25,000 for this great cause. When the Board learned that the gift would be made in Joe’s honor, several members of the ASGA Board made individual contributions which saw the scholarship amount soar even higher. It was a true testament to Joe’s incredible impact to all of those around him.

With representatives from the WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund on hand that evening in Westchester it was with great pride and pleasure that the ASGA was able to make this contribution to an incredible cause and to honor our great friend.

Thank you to Joe for all that you have done, and THANK YOU to all of the ASGA members for allowing our Charitable Trust to continue to grow and make a positive impact for so many.

How to Contribute: Donations can still be made to support our gift to the WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund. If you are able to help us increase our contribution even more, please consider a donation that can be sent to:

WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund
c/o ASGA Charitable Trust Endowed Scholarship
49 Knollwood Road
Elmsford, NY 10523

Checks should be made out to the WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund with the name of “Joe Germano” included in the memo section.


About the ASGA Charitable Trust

The Charitable Trust of the American Seniors Golf Association was established in 1989. Its purpose, as stated in the By Laws of the ASGA, is as follows:

“To encourage and support amateur golf competition, national and international and, the foregoing notwithstanding, the promotion of golf among youth; and contributions, gifts, or donations to the Trust Fund shall be held in trust and administered by the Trustee for such purpose as specified by the donor.”

We thank you for your continued support of this great game, and we extend special thanks to Charitable Trust Chairman Ken Auerbach and Committee Members Ken Kinsey and Wayne Edwards.


How Your Can Help

Since its inception in 1989, the ASGA Charitable Trust has been solely reliant on the generosity of its members. What began as a simple way of giving back to the game we love has become a a life-changing organization that is making a difference in the lives of young people across the globe.

It is our goal to continue to grow this Charitable Trust and identify organizations and groups that are making a difference. We ask our membership to join this renewed cause by doing the following:

Make a Donation. Our Fund is tax exempt under 501(C)(3) so that contributions are tax deductible by the donor and the Fund is exempt from Federal income tax. Making a donation can be done at anytime. Contact Kevin Patterson at kevin@asgagolf.org for more information.

Help Us Make a Difference: If you know of a group or organization that fits the mission of the Trust and is deserving and in need of critical funds, we want you to share that information with us. Please pass along the name of any organizations that fit our mission to Kevin Patterson at kevin@asgagolf.org.

Here is a list of recent ASGA Charitable Trust recipients.

  • Button Hole (RI)
  • City Parks Foundation (NY)
  • Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund (MA)
  • First Tee of the Lowcountry (SC)
  • First Tee of the Treasure Coast (FL)
  • Ric Behan Junior Cup Scholarship (MD)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan (WI)
  • Patronato Benefico (D.R.)
  • Evans Scholarship Foundation (IL)
  • WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund (NY)
  • First Tee of Lehigh Valley (PA)
  • American Junior Golf Association (GA)
  • First Tee of Massachusetts (MA)
  • First Tee of West Virginia (WV)
Button Hole Golf Club located in Providence, Rhode Island (shown above) is one of the many recipient organizations of the ASGA Charitable Trust.

About the Westchester Caddie Scholarship

The Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Fund, Inc. (WGACSF), is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational, nonprofit organization, that provides financial need based scholarships to caddies and others who work in service to golf at local participating golf and country clubs.

It was founded in 1956 by Willie Turnesa and Udo Reinach. Initially, six young men were awarded approximately $10,000. Today, the Fund awards an average of 280 scholars a year, representing a one year tuition commitment of $1.0 million.  The WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country.

With its recent gift, the ASGA Charitable Trust has created a new endowed and named scholarship fund which will provide additional opportunities for aid. The ASGA Charitable Trust Committee will work with the WGACSF Scholarship Selection Committee to determine the recipients of this special award within the specific award guidelines. To be considered, a candidate must complete the general WGACSF scholarship application or must be a current recipient of the WGACSF scholarship.

Click here to learn more about the WGACSF.