ESF launches 2018 Match Play Challenge


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The Evans Scholars Foundation’s 2018 Match Play Challenge is in full swing as supporters continue to lead in providing the life-changing opportunity of a college education. Momentum is building with 36 Match Play Partners making gifts of $50,000 and greater since the campaign launched last month.

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

2018 Match Play Partners

Anonymous (2)
Sam & Marsha Allen
Mike & Diane Beemer
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Dresner Foundation
Craig J. Duchossois
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Fama
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Jason & Peggy Kinander
Jack & Jama Lintol
John & Jean Matovina
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
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 Foundation
Therese & John Rigas
Martin Snitzer
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Bill & Tracey Wheeler

*As of 06/21/2018


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