Changing the Lives of Young Golfers Along the Jersey Shore
Rylee Plitz came to us from Alberta, Canada with a four-year stopover at Monmouth University. The recipient of both golf and academic scholarships, she had already gained numerous awards and ample recognition. The 2007 and 2008 Women’s Golf M.V.P. was one of the top golfers in the Northeast Conference in each of her four years.
Her scholastic accomplishments pale in comparison to what she has accomplished in her more than twelve years at Eagle Ridge.
Upon graduating from Monmouth University, Rylee assumed the job of Associate Instructor at the 27-hole semi-private golf club and in 2012 she was elevated to Director of Instruction.
In that time, the always-cheerful Plitz became the Pied Piper of Eagle Ridge junior golf. It was not an uncommon sight to see her leading a line of students around the various practice areas at the facility at all hours of the day.
The transformation of the Eagle Ridge Golf Academy under her direction has been astounding. Her and her associates’ efforts have led to the club boasting successful junior teams, competing at the highest levels of popular New Jersey statewide competitions. Many of her students have gone on to capture college scholarships, and Rylee has been recognized as a top instructor by U.S. Kids Golf.
In 2017, Rylee was elevated to Head Professional at the popular Lakewood golf club, becoming one of only a handful of women head pros in the state. She is also one of a select few that are members of both the LPGA and PGA of America. Tremendous accomplishments, especially at such a young age.
As if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Rylee has also gone above and beyond to give back to the community. For the past three years, under Rylee’s direction, the month of May has been dedicated to collecting used golf equipment of all types, ages, and sizes. Rylee has called upon both Eagle Ridge members and public players to donate anything they are no longer using and distributed this equipment to organizations that bring it to the hands of junior golfers who can’t afford to buy their own.
The success of this program has been nothing short of amazing. By the end of the month, the amount of donated equipment is mind-boggling: full sets of clubs, bags, shoes, golf balls-you name it, Rylee collected it.
February 26, 2021
Take a look in your basement, garage, shed, or attic, and you will be amazed at how much equipment you may have accumulated, most of it probably in perfectly good condition.
Donate it, give it to the kids, help grow the game-make a less fortunate junior golfer happy.
This program is truly a great accomplishment, and Rylee should be commended. We the members at Eagle Ridge are certainly proud of her.