McKelvin isn't driven by golf alone. She excels in the classroom, carrying a 4.1 weighted grade point average while taking a mix of Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

Her caring nature led McKelvin to establish Birdies for Babies, a charity that benefits the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. For each birdie the 15-year old McKelvin makes in her high school matches and junior tournaments, donors can pledge a certain amount. Birdies for Babies has already raised $2,700 toward a goal of $7,500.

The idea took hold last winter. McKelvin and her parents talked about what she could do for the smallest patients at Johns Hopkins. They met with Denise Goode, the associate director of development at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

"I felt that if I could enjoy this sport so much and people who are at Johns Hopkins can't, then I really need to share what I love to do," said McKelvin. "I love children, so it was a personal thing to me."


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A short time later, the Birdies for Babies logo, which was designed by former Westminster student-athlete Meghan Macera, was put on T-shirts and on the Jordan McKelvin Golf page on Facebook. Visitors to McKelvin's Facebook page can click on the http://www.helpmakemiracles.org icon, which will take them to the Birdies for Babies site to make a donation.

All funds raised will help support the needs of ill and injured babies at Johns Hopkins. Donations go toward specialized medical equipment, prevention and care programs, Child Life staff, an emergency fund for families that helps with food, clothing, medical supplies and rehabilitation, and several other critical areas.

"I was at a match a while ago, and another coach came up to me. His grandson was in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center for four months, and he just wanted to thank me for everything that I did," she said. "That meant a lot, to know that people are seeing me doing this for Hopkins. But it's not about me, and I don't want it to seem that way."

McKelvin's kind-hearted approach to life doesn't surprise her Westminster golf coach. DePace marvels at his co-captain's energy, on and off the course.

"I don't know how she does all that she does," said DePace. "Jordan is as good a human being as she is a golfer. It's amazing that at 14, she had already figured a unique way to give back."

As McKelvin and her teammates prepare for the district match this week at Black Rock in Hagerstown and the state tournament in late October, she already envisions a collegiate golf career. But she doesn't know if the LPGA tour would be for her. At this point, McKelvin is thinking about coaching youth players after college.

"Right now, (the LPGA) isn't the goal for me," said McKelvin, whose favorite pro golfer is LPGA veteran Paula Creamer. "I have a friend who wants to go to the LPGA tour, and her parents put her in the Hank Haney Academy to make her better and make sure that she plays on the tour. But that's not me. I'd rather coach and help kids."

Considering her early success, it's easy to see that McKelvin may finish as one of the finest golfers in Westminster's history. DePace won't argue that point.

"I've had good players before," he said. "But I told Jordan that when all is said and done, she might be the best player I've ever coached. At her junior golf events, there are already major Division I colleges watching her play. I can't wait to see where she goes with golf."