I am starting this gofundme campaign to help make a remarkable young man's dreams come true. I first met Jake Duvall when he was an adorable 5 year old member of my Kindergarten class. Truthfully, I find all my little learners to be adorable, but there has always been something special about Jake. He was, back then, (and still is to this day), a kind, caring, and hard-working person, who even at 5 years old, demonstrated a strong sense of social justice. Jake was the kid who always showed empathy to others- whether it was stepping in to support a child who was being teased, or fundraising for local charities and for international disaster relief. So it is my distinct pleasure to be fundraising to help make Jake's own pro golfing dreams come true.
Jake has worked diligently towards this goal. He has done his part by practicing and working hard, both on the course, and off. His skills are such that he was the recipient of a full, 4 year NCAA Golf Scholarship to South Western Oklahoma University. He excelled in this program, winning tournaments and receiving accolades such as: the GAC Golfer of the Month Award and being named Captain of his university golf team. LAST SUMMER, JAKE WOWED THE SPORTING COMMUNITY BY WINNING THE 115th BC MENS AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP (with scores of 69, 67, 71, and 69 - 12 under par)!
What makes these accomplishments even more remarkable is that during Jake's quest for success, his father, and his most fervent supporter, lost his valiant fight against cancer. This has been a devastating loss for Jake and his mom. Jake's dad shared the dream of Jake pursuing a pro golf career and he is on his way.
He has been accepted into the 2018 McKenzie Tour Qualifying School, which begins in May. Now it is our turn to support Jake with donation, as this is a very expensive undertaking and is an important step on his pathway to "going pro".
This incredible young man has shown kindness and class, while supporting charities throughout his young life. He has received accolades for raising incredible amounts of money for causes around the world. He has contributed funds to disaster relief organizations and helped build a school for children in Uganda.
Jake is a great golfer, but more importantly, he is an amazing human being. You can be certain that every donation made to this fundraising campaign will give Jake the means to pursue his pro golf dreams and that Jake, so well respected for his kindness to others will "pay it forward" throughout his life.
Jake's last 6 years have been filled with immense challenges (including the illness and loss of both his father and his grandma). He has battled his way through, knowing that his success is the legacy of his dad.
Let's give this amazing local hero, with his huge heart, the opportunity to make his dreams come true.
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Let's bump this big time folks!
- Jonathan and Jane Purdie
- Pamela Wallace
- Jen Collins
- Joe Stephenson
- Ron Hinkelman
Organizer and beneficiary