Pan American Golfers Award $22,000 in Scholarships


SAN ANGELO, TX — The 41st annual San Angelo Pan-American Golf Association Scholarship Tournament was held on May 4, 2024. Many sponsors, players and volunteers gathered together on a very cloudy and at times rainy day to raise money for local graduating high school seniors.

For the 2024-2025 academic year the Association awarded $22,000 in scholarships from the single golf tournament fundraiser. Those scholarships were awarded yesterday, May 21, 2024.

The response from the community has grown over the years and without support from community leaders, the Association could not do this. Members of the association thanked all for helping them give some of the local students a stepping stone in the form of a scholarship to help further their education at a ceremony yesterday inside the Jim Bass Cars & Trucks dealership.

PAGA scholarships are awarded based on the applicants' academics, school participation, financial needs, community involvement, and employment. The fact that this scholarship is open to any high school graduating senior in this area is ideal, as you do not have to be a golfer to receive the $1,000 scholarship.

Since 2009, the San Angelo PAGA has distributed over $281,000 in scholarships. They are awarded to the student and the funds are sent to directly to educational institution of the student’s choice and have expanded to Include trade schools.

Here are the 2024 scholarship recipients:

  • Ariana Aguilar
  • Luis Edwardo Ayon
  • Gavin Balderas
  • Peyton Barnes
  • McKinzi Bermea
  • Ryan Shaun Bishop
  • Jacob Castro
  • Alyssa Nicole Delacruz
  • Kynzie Garcia
  • Bryson Hirt
  • Mikayla Jackson
  • Jazmin Juarez
  • Aydin Lopez
  • Joshua Mata
  • Reyna Perez
  • Benjamin Puello
  • Hugo Reyes
  • Caroline Schwertner
  • Emily Scott
  • Asia Tate
  • Jon Marc Torrez
  • Celestine Vasquez


2024 Scholarship Recipients from the Pan American Golf Tournament

2024 Scholarship Recipients from the Pan American Golf Tournament

The San Angelo Pan American Golf Association Chapter was created in 1966 and is one the most active chapters in the United States. The Pan Am members sponsors the scholarship tournament, participates in fundraisers for the community and volunteers for local events such as the Fall Festival for Children with Special Needs. The Association has over 110 active members.

We interviewed PAGA President Edward Montelong about the association and also discussed how Twin Mountain Fence is doing following the tragic loss of its long-time president Raymond Mesa. Montelong has been associated with the fence company since the 1970s. Watch here:

Here are the members of the PAGA Board of Directors for 2024:

  • President - Edward Montelongo
  • Vice President - Mike McCarty
  • Treasurer - Rick De La Cruz
  • Secretary - Gracie Aguirre
  • Sgt. At Arms - Sam Gonzales
  • Reporter - Rudy Dela Cruz
  • Tournament Director - Chris Acevedo
  • Committee: Willie Flores, Vic Gutierrez, Ben Villarreal

Jim Bass Cars & Trucks sponsors the annual scholarship golf tournament. In this interview, Jimmy Bass talks about supporting local students, recruiting challenges, why scholarships help the community and local labor market, and his assessment of where the San Angelo economy is today and his short-term six month outlook:

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