Lake Forest, IL ... Sept. 13, 2017 -- Evans Scholars and Alumni carried the bag for amateurs playing in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am, the last event before tournament play at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.
An estimated 100 Evans Scholars and Alumni caddied for the amateur players who were grouped with at least one PGA TOUR professional competing in this week's tournament.
Each pro was paired with three amateur players.By donating their tips, Alumni give back to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In total, the Pro-Am event is expected to raise over $1 million for the Evans Scholars Program, which provides full college scholarships to caddies who meet financial, academic and extracurricular requirements.
The day is among the single biggest one-day fundraisers of the year for the ESF.
“Evans Scholars and Alumni understand firsthand the life-changing impact of the Evans Scholarship,” says Western Golf Association President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “That’s why they return to the BMW Championship each year to volunteer their time and skills. They see their participation as a way to give back to the Foundation and help pay it forward.”
Northwestern Evans Scholar Mackenzie Lim caddied in PGA TOUR pro Brooks Koepka and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky's group.
"It was really exciting to be out here, caddying for the pros today," she said. "It’s just one of the many opportunities that has come from being an Evans Scholar, and I am extremely grateful for everything the scholarship has provided for me.”