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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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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Keegan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory in six years.

 Though Rose was runner-up at the FedEx Cup playoff event at Aronimink, he didn't come up short in the world ranking. Rose hit No. 1 in the world and became the 22nd player to reach the top spot since the ranking began in 1986.

Keegan Bradley celebrates winning the BMW Championship on the first playoff hole at Aronimink Golf Club.

Bradley, who shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under par, thrust his arms toward the gray sky and drizzle in celebration and waved his family onto the 18th hole. He tossed into the air his young son, Logan, who hadn't even been born in 2012, the last time Bradley won on the tour.

"A lot has happened to me over these six years," Bradley said. "I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while. It's tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams to being outside the top 100 in the world."

Bradley finished with his fourth career victory and first since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He gets a trip to Maui to start next year for the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Rose could have won in regulation but lipped out on the last hole to force the playoff.

He fell short again in the playoff, missing a 5-foot par putt that would have kept him alive. The 38-year-old Rose had grown to love the suburban Philadelphia golf courses. He won the 2010 AT&T National at Aronimink and the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

He didn't get a trophy on this trip. But a No. 1 ranking will do. Rose, who overtook Dustin Johnson, joins Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald as the only Englishmen to reach No. 1.

"I'm delighted to be world No. 1," Rose said. "Boyhood dreams, you know what I mean?"

Rose trails Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two playoff events, in the FedEx Cup standings.

It was amazing play even finished Monday after rain soaked the course overnight and pushed up tee times. But it rained only lightly and the players had few complaints about the condition of the course, even if the walking paths became a muddy, soggy mess for the gallery.

As usual, it crowded around Tiger Woods.

Woods caused some more noise -- he's been doing that a lot in recent months before the largest galleries at every course -- and got within one shot of the lead when he made birdie on No. 9 to go out in 31.

But he missed the green on the 10th and made bogey. He found a bunker on the par-3 14th for another bogey. And this was the kind of day when more than one mistake was going to be costly. Woods wound up with a 65.

Such was the scoring at Aronimink that Woods had a 72-hole score of 263 for the sixth time of his career. The other five times he won; this one got him a tie for sixth.

"I thought I needed to shoot something around 62 today to have a chance," Woods said. "And I don't think that would have been good enough."

Woods took away any suspense of getting back to the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. That was about the time he was just starting to cope with back pain. He had his fourth back surgery last April, and at this time last year he had just been cleared to chip and putt.

"To say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment," Woods said.

Jordan Spieth will not be joining him. Spieth started at 27th in the FedEx Cup standings and took a step backward, finishing with a 73 to tie for 55th. He fell out of the top 30 and will miss the Tour Championship for the first time.

That means he will have played only 24 tournaments this year, which includes the Ryder Cup. Because he didn't add to his schedule a tournament he had not played in the last four years, he is in violation of the PGA Tour's scheduling policy.

Still to be determined is the penalty. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began last year.

"I obviously accept whatever fine it is and move on and try and add one every year, but it's kind of tough," Spieth said.

Later Monday, U.S. captain Jim Furyk will announce one more selection for the Ryder Cup.

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Newtown Square, Penn. (Sept. 8, 2018) ... BMW of North America and the Western Golf Association announced today that Brooklyn Gabriel of Philadelphia, PA has been named a BMW Hole-in-One Scholar, receiving a full Evans Scholarship worth $100,000 to Penn State University. Gabriel received the honor as a result of Jason Day’s hole-in-one during the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL.

Gabriel is the fifth recipient of a BMW Hole-in-One Scholarship, which provides a full tuition and housing grant to a deserving young caddie in the name of the first player to record a hole-in-one at the BMW Championship. After successfully caddying for three years at Glen View Club in Golf, IL through the Western Golf Association Caddie Academy, Brooklyn applied for and was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. This summer, Brooklyn continued to caddie while also serving as a junior counselor for the Caddie Academy. At Penn State, she plans to pursue a career in medicine, inspired by her own diagnosis with scoliosis.

 “I always wondered how a college education would be possible. The Evans Scholarship will have a significant impact on my family, and most importantly, me,” said Gabriel. “A college education is a dream of mine that will allow me to pursue my goal of working in the medical field and serving others.”

“Brooklyn is a wonderful young woman with a bright future ahead of her,” said Stefan Richmann, Executive Vice President, Finance, BMW of North America. “We at BMW sincerely wish Brooklyn all the best at Penn State. Through the BMW Championship, we are proud to support the Evans Scholars Foundation in their mission to provide hardworking caddies like Brooklyn the opportunity to go to college and pursue their dreams.”

“Since our partnership began 12 years ago, the BMW Hole-in-One Scholarship is one of many ways that BMW has shown its support of the Evans Scholars Foundation,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the Western Golf Association. “We greatly appreciate all they have done and continue to do to support sending caddies to college.”

 All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full college scholarships to hardworking, young caddies with financial need and strong academic records. Since becoming title sponsor in 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $27 million for caddie scholarships to college. This fall, 985 Evans Scholars are attending 18 universities nationwide.

Gabriel attended the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA where she met Day, who commemorated the achievement by autographing a hat and pin flag.
Previous BMW Hole-in-One scholarship recipients include:

2015: Hayden Bauschka (Jordan Spieth at Conway Farms)

2013: Melyzjah Smith (Hunter Mahan at Conway Farms)

2012: Mark Abtahi (Steve Stricker at Crooked Stick)

2010: Haelena Schwemmer (Sean O’Hair at Cog Hill)



PHILADELPHIA, PA – J. Wood Platt, one of the most influential figures in the history of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 4, ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Platt, who died in 1959 at the age of 61, was honored for devoting his life to the game of golf through his support of the role of youth caddies. J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Chairman Jonathan Warner attended the event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and accepted a bronze caddie statuette on Platt’s behalf.

After a decorated amateur golf career, Platt worked with GAP to found the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust in 1958. Since then, more than 3,500 young men and women have received $21 million in financial aid. During the 2017-18 academic year, 165 caddies received more than $1.15 million in aid.

For the past five years, the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust has partnered with the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation to award full tuition and housing Platt Evans Scholarships to caddies from the Philadelphia area. This fall, nine Platt Evans Scholars from GAP clubs are enrolled at Penn State University.

Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship, which will be played Sept. 6-9, will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships and establish a Scholarship House at Penn State.

“J. Wood Platt’s devotion to youth caddying has had a life-changing impact on thousands of Philadelphia-area caddies, past and present,” said Frank Morley, the chairman of the WGA, which administers the Caddie Hall of Fame. “His famous phrase, ‘Give them all a chance,’ spoke to the promise he believed all young caddies held if they were given the opportunity to earn a quality education.”

In addition to being a tireless advocate for the role of caddies in the game of golf, Platt was one of the premier players of his era.

His seven GAP Amateur championships remain a record, and he captured 11 GAP major titles during a career that spanned decades. He has the distinction of winning the inaugural USGA U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, defeating George Studinger, 5&4, at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., in 1955.

“J. Wood Platt generously volunteered his time and funds to enhance the game of golf,” Warner said. “It is an honor for him to be inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame, joining Chick Evans and Francis Ouimet. These three men were teammates and competitors on the golf course, forever remembered as advocates for caddies to earn a college education.”

Administered by the WGA since 2011, the Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition of caddying by recognizing individuals who have used their caddie experiences as a steppingstone for future success, have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or have supported the role of caddies.

Past inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Charles “Chick” Evans, Francis Ouimet, Steve Williams, Jim “Bones” Mackay, the Murray Brothers and Peter Ueberroth.





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Generous support from 57 Match Play Partners has allowed for momentum to continue to build for the Evans Scholars Foundation’s 2018 Match Play Challenge.

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.

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 in 2018, 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 for the record 965 Evans Scholars in school for the 2017-18 academic year. The Foundation’s scholarship costs are projected to rise by $1.5 million each year as it pursues the Western Golf Association Board of Governors’ plan to grow the number of Scholars in school to 1,000, living in community, by 2020.

“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 kingore@wgaesf.org.

2018 Match Play Partners

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

*As of 09/12/2018

 


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