Horwich, Kretzschmar honored for leadership

GOLF, IL - Two longtime volunteer Directors of the Western Golf Association were honored on Monday, June 26, 2017, as recipients of the Donald D. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Evans Scholars Summer Outing banquet at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois.

Honored with the Donald D. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award were: Tom Horwich of Winnetka, Illinois, and John Kretzschmar of Pemberville, Ohio, who have served the WGA and its Evans Scholars Foundation in longtime volunteer leadership roles.

The award was established in 2009 in recognition of Don Johnson’s 22 years of leadership at the WGA, which conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers, promotes the use of caddies and oversees the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means.

“These two individuals have shown exemplary service and commitment to our championships and scholarships,” said WGA Chairman David Robinson. “Their devotion to the spirit of the game of golf and their support of caddie Scholars is gratefully acknowledged.”

Don Johnson led the Evans Scholars Program and WGA golf championships from 1988 through 2009, when he retired as President and CEO.

Tom Horwich: Tom, of Winnetka, Illinois, became a WGA Director in 1978 and has served on the ESF Board of Trustees since 2012.

He has been a member of the WGA Board of Governors since 1994 and a major presence at the BMW Championship as a longtime volunteer. He is a member at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.

John Kretzschmar: John of Pemberville, Ohio, became a WGA Director in 1982 and served as chairman of the WGA in 2000 and 2001, and as chairman of the ESF Trustees the two years following.

From 1985 to 1999, he was tournament chairman of the Western Junior. John also has volunteered as a rules official at countless Western Amateurs and Western Juniors and has been a longtime volunteer at the BMW Championship. He is a member at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.


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