State Champion Maddy Bante Honored with Prestigious Golf Leadership Award

St. Mary’s Academy Junior Maddy Bante was honored with the United States Golf Association (USGA) - American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Presidents’ Leadership Award. The Award honors just one male and female junior golfer from the country each year.

Awardees are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, character, and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program. Leadership Links is a joint initiative founded by the USGA and AJGA in 2005 to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism. 

Bante was honored for her volunteerism through the First Tee - Colorado Rocky Mountains, the National Charity League, and The Food Bank of the Rockies. At First Tee - Colorado Rocky Mountains, she teaches kids how to play golf and raised more than $14,000 in 2021. That money will provide scholarships for teenagers to go to college and free tuition for children to attend First Tee programs.

“As a balanced student, golfer, and friend, I am able to make time for those that matter to me. Volunteerism is extremely important for the future of golf because the game is not possible without it,” Bante said. 

The second recipient is Matthew Lin of Orinda, CA. 

“The future of golf is in great hands with the likes of Matthew Lin and Madeline Bante Through their service to help other in their community, dedication to strong moral character, and leadership among their peers they are making a big impact in the lives of those around them as they exemplify the essence of the USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award,” said AJGA Director of Youth Development Beth Dockter.