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GOLF, IL – Forty Chicago-area students have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah on Nov. 27, Northern Trust in Chicago on Dec. 4 and North Shore Country Club in Glenview on Dec. 8.

Each caddie has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall of 2019 as Evans Scholars, with awarded universities to be finalized this spring. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Winners are listed below and organized by hometown.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The selection meetings at Medinah Country Club, Northern Trust and North Shore Country Club were three of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2018-19 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 275 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young men and women have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Grace Ryan

Arlington Heights

Rolling Green CC

Prospect HS

Citlalli Cazales


River Forest CC

Nazareth Academy

Anahi Marquez


Oak Park CC

Nazareth Academy

Mary Mack


Edgewood Valley CC

The Latin School of Chicago

Julia Wilk


Ruth Lake CC

Fenwick HS

Andrew Tamayo


Oak Park CC

J. Sterling Morton East HS

Jack Gentleman

Clarendon Hills

Hinsdale GC

Hinsdale Central HS

John Semenchuk


Cantigny Golf

Benet Academy

Kevin Gnadt


River Forest CC

York Community HS

Sam Pozen


River Forest CC

York Community HS

Santiago Currea


Ivanhoe Club

Warren Township HS

Richard Araujo


Butterfield CC

Hinsdale Central HS

Matthew Murray


Edgewood Valley CC

Lyons Township HS

Gabriella Dudek

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Lake Zurich HS

Adam Krasowski

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Lake Zurich HS

Brigid Higgins


Hinsdale GC

Kolbe Academy

Marshall Hernandez


Cantigny Golf


Dominick Longobardi

Mount Prospect

Medinah CC

John Hersey HS

Audrey Cahill


Naperville CC

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Jack Dykema

West Chicago

Chicago GC

Wheaton Academy


Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Adedoyin Akisanya

Sankaty Head Golf Club

Latin School of Chicago

Maria Paz Espin

Skokie Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Anahi Gutierrez

Skokie Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Jacqueline Hernandez

Onwentsia Club

Back of the Yards College Preparatory HS

Lydia Johnson

Beverly Country Club

Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Joshua Russell

Bryn Mawr Country Club

Lane Tech College Prep HS

Ian Shimandle

Bryn Mawr Country Club

Northside College Prep

David Wang

Riverside Golf Club

Whitney M. Young Magnet HS




Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Erick Flores


Indian Hill Club

Loyola Academy

Declan Gillespie


Ridgemoor Country Club

Saint Patrick High School

Moises Lopez


Lake Shore Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Sabrina Lopez


Skokie Country Club

Chicago Waldorf School

Maura McCarthy


Ridgemoor Country Club

Lane Tech College Prep High School

Evelyn Nava


Conway Farms Golf Club

North Shore Country Day School

Emmanuel Perez


Conway Farms Golf Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Asia Sobek


Northmoor Country Club

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HS

Aaron Williams


Evanston Golf Club

Northside College Prep

Shawn Coffell


Northmoor Country Club

Warren Township High School

Allison McLean



Libertyville High School

Rosalie Xavier


Evanston Golf Club

Niles North High School



CHICAGO, Illinois (November 3, 2018) – Golf great Mark O'Meara was the featured guest Friday, Nov. 2 at the Western Golf Association’s seventh annual Green Coat Gala, one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Evans Scholars Foundation.

More than 350 supporters attended the black-tie affair at The Peninsula Chicago, which was headlined by O'Meara, a two-time major champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. All proceeds benefit the ESF, a nonprofit administered by the WGA, which provides full college tuition and housing scholarships to caddies. Currently, a record 985 Evans Scholars are attending 18 universities nationwide.

At the Gala, veteran NBC/Golf Channel commentator and emcee Mark Rolfing held a “fireside chat” with O'Meara, where they touched on topics including the importance of caddies to the game of golf, the Ryder Cup and the game’s young stars.

The event also featured a speech by Nick (Ohio State '19) and Ellyn (Notre Dame '22) Jarrell who spoke about overcoming family tragedy to caddie and earn the Evans Scholarship. 

The funds raised from the 2018 event will help send caddies to college – at a time when a record number of applicants are applying for the Evans Scholarship. The Evans Scholars Program is expanding from coast to coast, with leaders planning to have 1,000 caddies in school by the year 2020.

Golf, IL – (October 26, 2018)
– Ed Batta, the longtime chairman of the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation, was inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame this week for promoting caddying and helping provide more than 3,000 scholarships to deserving caddies.

Batta was presented a bronze caddie statuette during the annual NJPGA/NJSGA Celebration of Golf on Oct. 25 at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey.

Batta began caddying at age 14 at Essex Fells Country Club in Essex Fells, New Jersey, and later looped at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, while a student at Villanova University.

For more than 30 years, Batta served as the chairman of the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation, which was established in 1947 to provide college scholarships to caddies from New Jersey.

During Batta’s tenure, the NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation provided more than $14 million in financial assistance to deserving young men and women.

“Ed has worked tirelessly to help young men and women achieve their dream of a college education,” said NJSGA president Bill Frese. “I know that I speak on behalf of all us, and in particular, those young caddies who have benefitted from the Caddie Scholarship Foundation when I say to Ed, ‘Thank you and congratulations.’”

Established in 1999 and administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.

Batta was inducted as a caddie administrator, and recognized as an individual whose involvement with caddies and caddie programs bettered the lives of many.

“Ed Batta’s devotion to youth caddying and scholarships has had a life-changing impact on thousands of students from New Jersey,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “As a former caddie himself, he understands firsthand the life lessons one can learn on the golf course. His dedication to helping young caddies succeed in life is an inspiration to everyone, and his contributions will certainly have a lasting effect.”

The inaugural class of the Caddie Hall of Fame included Charles “Chick” Evans and Francis Ouimet. Recent inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Steve Williams, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and the Murray Brothers.

GOLF, IL -- The Evans Scholars Foundation celebrated the opening of its first Scholarship House at the University of Washington on Sept. 23, organization leaders announced.

This fall, 24 Evans Scholars are living in community in a Scholarship House at 2104 NE 45th Street, in Seattle. It is the second Evans Scholarship House to be established in the Pacific Northwest, with the first opening at the University of Oregon in Eugene in 2016.

The Washington Scholars are among a record group of 985 students attending 18 leading universities nationwide on an Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college scholarship provided to golf caddies, this year.

Scholars are chosen based on demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding leadership and character. The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930; it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

“We’re thrilled that Evans Scholars at the University of Washington are now able to experience Scholarship House living, an integral component of the Evans Scholarship,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “This is a major milestone and a big part of our plan to grow the Evans Scholars Program from coast to coast.”

More than 230 caddies have received Evans Scholarships to the University of Washington, beginning in the 1950s. They have lived in student housing on campus; this is the first time Scholars live together in the same building. Their new home, which previously served as student housing, began as a sorority more than 100 years ago across the street from its current location.

Washington Evans Scholars include caddies from the states of Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Montana, California and Utah, as well as British Columbia. The House will be able to hold up to 40 Evans Scholars.

“Living and learning communities are a significant factor in the success of college students,” said Mark Richards, university provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “They cultivate public service and leadership among their members who share interests, living space and meals. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Evans Scholars Foundation and its supporters, another outstanding group of UW students will live, learn and thrive as a cohort.”

John Marks of Bothell, Washington, is the chapter’s first elected president. A senior majoring in business administration who caddied at Inglewood Golf Club, Marks has helped his fellow Scholars clean the House over the past year and has been meeting with Program leaders to plan the transition and create the chapter’s infrastructure.

“Seeing the growth of the Evans Scholars Program in Washington has been very inspiring,” he said. “We’re making history with the opening of the new Scholarship House, and I’m honored to help take the lead in building a strong community living foundation that will be passed on to future classes of Scholars.”

The opening of the Washington Evans Scholarship House is one part of the Foundation’s larger goal of having 1,000 Scholars in school by the year 2020. In conjunction with this milestone, leaders are working to grow the Program from coast to coast, including opening Scholarship Houses at new universities and expanding caddie and networking programs for students and Alumni.

In addition to Washington, Program leaders opened a Scholarship House at the University of Kansas earlier this month and plan to open a House at Penn State University next year.

LAWRENCE, KS – For the first time in more than 30 years, there is an Evans Scholarship House at the University of Kansas.

Kansas Evans Scholars and their families joined Western Golf Association officials, Alumni and Program supporters Sunday, Sept. 17 for a special Open House event at the new Kansas Evans Scholarship House at 1301 Louisiana Street in Lawrence.

Thirty-one caddies are currently enrolled at the University of Kansas on full tuition and housing Evans Scholarships. Evans Scholars last attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence in the 1970s and 80s. The Foundation had a Scholarship House on campus from 1975-1986. More than 140 students have graduated from Kansas as Evans Scholars since the Program began in 1930.

Prior to moving into the house on Louisiana Street, Scholars lived together at a residence hall on campus.

“Going from being in a residence hall our freshman year to now having our own Scholarship House has been life-changing for us as a chapter,” said chapter president Anthony Arunno. “Community living is such a huge part of the Evans Scholars Program, and being able to be here together has been so good for camaraderie and for the overall health of the chapter. It’s really special.”

The return to the University of Kansas is just one part of the Foundation’s larger goal to have 1,000 Scholars in school by the year 2020. To achieve this, leaders are working to expand the Program from coast to coast, including opening chapters at new universities, renovating Scholarship Houses and growing caddie programs.


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There’s still time to join the Match Play Challenge as we near the end of the 2018 campaign looking to achieve an eighth consecutive record year in money raised for support of the Evans Scholarship. Generous support from 74 Match Play Partners has put the Evans Scholars Foundation in position for a strong finish in an effort to change the lives of more caddies in pursuit of a college degree.

Each Match Play Partner has committed $50,000 or more this year to the Evans Scholars Foundation. These gifts will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives in 2018.

The Match Play Challenge has been a game-changer for the Evans Scholars Foundation and has accounted for more than $90 million in total commitments since it was conceived and launched in 2011.

This tremendous support from our Match Play participants could not have come a better time. Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation provide more caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The success of this initiative is more critical than ever, as families across the country struggle to meet the rising cost of college tuition. Young men and women nationwide apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers each year, with 790 applying in 2017 alone.

Last year’s Match Play Challenge raised nearly $14 million, helping the Foundation offset annual scholarship costs that reached $20 million. The annual scholarship costs will reach $23 million for the 985 Scholars in school this year, and it is projected to rise by at least $1.5 million each year.

“We are incredibly thankful to all of our supporters who have contributed to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “They are an inspiration, and the continued success of these efforts is important to ensuring that we help send as many qualified caddies to college as possible.”

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is again serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chair in 2018. The sustained success of this initiative will help the Foundation achieve the bold goals it has set for the near future.

Those goals include establishing the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, providing community living opportunities for all Scholars and developing a full continuum of support that will include everything from caddie training programs to career mentorship.

“For our goals to be reached, it is essential to continue to raise more tuition dollars through these major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Our Evans Scholars are succeeding in the classroom and achieving at the highest level. It is our privilege to help these deserving young men and women, and we are determined to work to help more caddies receive a high-quality college education."

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or

2018 Match Play Partners

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mary Ann & Looe Baker III
Mike & Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Matthew J. Desch
Kathy & Bill Doyle
Dresner Foundation
Craig J. Duchossois
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Robert E. & Georganne Foss
Jim & Karen Frank
John E. & Barbara C. Gallina
James L. & Mary Garard
John & Carolyn Gehring
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Peter & Pat Haug
Susan & Jack Hogge
Jack & Karen Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Dave & Kathy Kammerer in memory of Matt Kammerer
Susan & Thomas Kearney
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kilrea
Jason & Peggy Kinander
King Family Foundation
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Jack & Jama Lintol
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Lisowski
Thomas L. Mallman
Scott Malpass
John & Jean Matovina
Alan & Vrissiis Matula
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Thomas & Jae Miske
Dr. David & Lola Monson
Thomas & Susan Moran
Francis W. & Susan B. Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
One8 Foundation
Hewitt Pate
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Dr. James E. Piereson
John & Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Fund
Jerry & Keith Rich
Therese & John Rigas
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Martin Snitzer
The Solich Fund
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Bill & Tracy Wheeler

*As of 12/26/2018


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