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Senior at Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City heads to University of Oregon to study psychology

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Max Fabrycki tied for 19th place at this year's OSAA Class 6A boys golf state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis. Being a caddy is more than just carrying clubs; in fact, sometimes it can lead to a college scholarship.

Last February, Max Fabrycki, a senior at Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City, learned that he had won the Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies.

"This scholarship is a huge deal to me and my family," Fabrycki said. "It lifts an enormous financial burden and allows me to go to a college that was not even a possibility for me before.

"On top of the financial benefits, being a lifelong member of the Evans Scholar community with all its support and connections is life changing," he said, adding that the scholarship covers tuition and housing for all four years.

He will attend the UO and will study psychology. At Alliance Charter Academy, he was a member of National Honor Society and was on the high school golf team.

Representing Oregon City High School, Fabrycki has qualified for the state golf tournament for the last three years, and this year finished in a tie for 19th place at the OSAA Class 6A state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

Caddying experience

Fabrycki has played golf since he was 2 years old, which is the minimum age to be allowed on a golf course, he said.

He heard about caddying from a golfing friend and thought it would be a perfect fit for himself as a summer job.

"Not all golf courses provide caddies for players, but I had played at Waverly Country Club with my junior golf program and with a friend of my parents who was a member, so that's the club I chose," Fabrycki said.

In addition to carrying a golfer's clubs, caddies must "provide course knowledge, rake bunkers, replace divots, read greens, measure wind effect, (and assist with) club choice and general golf knowledge," he noted.

Loving the game

Fabrycki noted that it is not necessary to be a golfer to caddy, but thinks it is a lot easier.

"For new caddies, the club holds trainings for several weeks, but the best education comes from watching experienced caddies and from members telling you what to do," he said.

"Being out on the golf course is the best part; being outside and around the game I love," Fabrycki said. "It's really awesome to meet so many successful people who are fun to be around. And caddies get to play the course on Mondays."

He added, "I am exceptionally proud and grateful for this scholarship, and I am excited to meet new friends at the Evans Scholar house at the U of O."

Kennedy Meyers of Clackamas High School followed in her older sister Madison's footsteps to win the same scholarship this year to the University of Oregon; Madison won the full-ride scholarship two years ago.

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