U.S. Kids Golf Foundation awards scholarships

The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation has named two members of Pinecrest High School’s current graduating class as recipients of its Volunteer Scholarship for the 15th consecutive year. Angelo Lobsinger and Joey DiCarlo each received a $750 scholarship.

J.T. Stilwell, a 2012 U.K. Golf scholarship winner and a representative for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, presented the awards in honor and recognition of the more than 700 World Championship volunteers during the recent Senior Awards ceremony at Pinecrest High School.

This will mark the 19th year that U.S. Kids Golf, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, has held the championship on 15 of the Pinehurst area courses.

Chris Vonderkall, vice president of tournaments for U.S. Kids Golf, commended the Sandhills area volunteers and the student winners.

“Angelo and Joey are worthy examples of the volunteers that the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation stands for,” said Vonderkall. “Through these scholarships, we recognize the large number of hard-working volunteers, without whom the World Championship would not be possible each year. We are also proud of these students for what they have given in their local communities over many years and wish them well as they attend Saint Francis University and UNC-Charlotte.”

These scholarships are presented to students from the Pinehurst area who demonstrate exceptional citizenship, community service, willingness to serve as a volunteer and their involvement in extracurricular activities. 

Angelo plans to attend Pennsylvania’s Saint Francis University, with an eye on the five-year physician assistant program. He is the son of Michele and Scott Lobsinger of Southern Pines. His sister Natalie, also adopted from Guatemala, will attend Saint Francis in the nursing program.

He has been a community volunteer for several years with U.S. Kids Golf, serving pizza to people from around the world. Additionally, since the age of seven, Angelo has helped with the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, giving his time to the equestrian community.

At Pinecrest, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the cross country and track and field teams, where his events included the 5K, mile, and two-mile runs. He will be a student-athlete at Saint Francis.

“Volunteering has been a great experience for me for many years,” said Lobsinger. “The community has been very good to me and my family, and I am very blessed to U.S. Kids Golf for awarding this scholarship to me. It will help in many ways at Saint Francis, giving me additional funds for tuition.”

Joey is the son of Karen and Dan DiCarlo of Pinehurst and the younger brother of Nick. He will attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall, majoring in Civil Engineering. His interest in this is tied to the last two years at Pinecrest and drafting classes.

DiCarlo has been a member of the Pinecrest varsity men’s soccer team, the Chess Club, and the National Honor Society. He has volunteered at many U.S. Kids Golf events, including being a standard-bearer and helping with tournament set-up, and at his church, where he would babysit for “Parents Night Out.”

He also works as a host at a local restaurant.

DiCarlo said: “Volunteering has helped me become a more important part of my community, and I give credit to U.S. Kids Golf for helping me see that. I am proud of the characteristics that I have developed that this Foundation looks for in their applicants.”

The mission of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is to introduce, develop and enhance the opportunities for kids to play the game of golf through instruction, positive family interaction and competitive play.

L-R: Pinecrest High School Coach John Buccholz, winners Joey DiCarlo and Angelo Lobsinger, and U.S. Kids Golf Volunteer Chairman LeighAnn Eshelman/Photo credit: Norma Stilwell.

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