Schindler, a junior at Flagler, was named the recipient of the award for commitment he has shown to providing for his family. Schindler’s mother was injured at work in the fall of 2007, and subsequent financial constraints on the family forced them to move from Savannah, Ga., to St. Augustine, Fla., to be with Schindler’s grandfather. As Schindler’s mother found a job at a grocery store, Schindler took on a 25-hour-per-week gig with the First Tee of St. Johns County.
Schindler’s grandfather, from whom he learned the game, supplied $250 a month so Schindler could continue to play in tournaments and buy golf equipment. Working at The First Tee also granted him a place to practice and golf balls and gloves to use. Schindler would practice in the mornings before school or evenings after work.
Flagler seemed the perfect fit for Schindler because it allowed him to be near his home. He was named a Division II Ping First-Team All-American last year, and maintained a 3.24 GPA through two years of college.
Schindler’s grandfather passed away shortly before Schindler entered college, forcing the family to sell many of their possessions and move into an RV with one bedroom and a pullout couch.
“I am honored to have been selected as the David Toms Award winner,” said Schindler. “The award means a lot to not only me, but also my family and everyone who supports me. I couldn’t be more grateful to see my hard work and dedication recognized. Thank you to David Toms and the GCAA for selecting me. I will continue to work hard and strive to reach my goals.”
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