The John Shippen Memorial Golf Foundation was established to commemorate the Shady Rest Golf and Country club and African American golf great, John Shippen, the club’s long time professional and greens supervisor. Beginning as a committee in 1991, the Foundation was incorporated as a 501c non-profit foundation in 1996 with Thurman Simmons as its first Chairman.
The Foundation has endeavored to preserve the historical accomplishments of John Shippen as well as the memory of Shady Rest, current the Scotch Hills Country Club.
The Foundation has initiated a series of events over the years, including the production of a television documentary for PBS, the commissioning of an oil painting of John Shippen which is currently on loan and exhibit at the USGA headquarters in Far Hills, the restoration and maintenance of John Shippen’s grave site and a series of activities for young golfers.
The first significant event organized by the Foundation was a minority youth golf clinic conducted at Scotch Hills in 1991 featuring prominent golfers Lee Elder and Renee Powell, the first Black ever to compete in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 1962 at the Country Club of Buffalo.
In 1995, the Annual Minority Youth Scramble Tournament was initiated at Scotch Hills by John Turnbull in cooperation with the New Jersey Section, Professional Golfers Association.
Through the efforts of Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Ruby Simmons, the Foundation awarded its first annual college scholarship in 1992. The scholarship program was established to provide financial assistance to needy area minority youth demonstrating academic prowess and skill in golf. The John Shippen Memorial Golf Foundation continues its mission of developing and increasing minority youth interest in the sport of golf.
"Golf and education last a lifetime." We are a non-profit organization - 501(c) (3)