Washington caddie earns Evans Scholarship

GOLF, IL – Macey Wecker of Montesano, Washington, has been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle on Feb. 28.

The Evans Scholarship is awarded to caddies who meet four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. Beginning this fall, Macey will attend the University of Washington in Seattle on the Evans Scholarship. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

A senior at Montesano High School, Macey caddies at Grays Harbor Country Club in Aberdeen. Macey is a member of the National Honor Society, has participated on the volleyball team, the basketball team, and is a two-time captain of the varsity golf team.

Growing up, Macey played soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball. Then when she was 12, she faced health challenges that prevented her from playing strenuous contact sports. During that time she turned her attention to playing golf, and eventually began caddying.

Macey says, “The Chick Evans Scholarship will open up a numerous amount of doors that would have never been opportunities for me before, and will take me down a career path that I may have never considered.”

In college, Macey plans to study business administration.

The Broadmoor Golf Club selection meeting was one of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2017-18 selection meeting process is completed by April 1, 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 965 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,600 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“Macey has worked tirelessly to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “She has shown excellence in her classroom and in her community, as well as on the golf course. We welcome her 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.

Date: 3/16/2018