Who We Are
Championships since 1899, Scholarships since 1930
Founded in 1899, the Western Golf Association 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.
The WGA is a driving force in the game, a respected charitable cause for thousands of supporters, and a distinguished leader in the nation’s golf community.
Western Golf Association
The Western Golf Association was established by 11 Chicago-area golf clubs for the purpose of hosting tournaments. Today, 460 member clubs, organizations and affiliations are part of the WGA. Since its founding, it has hosted more than 300 championships for professional and amateur golfers from throughout the United States and the world.
The WGA conducts two amateur championships, the Western Junior and the Western Amateur, and runs the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the TOUR's FedExCup competition. In 2013, the WGA ran the first Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four tournaments in the Web.com Tour. Headquartered in Golf, Illinois, the organization also sponsors the nationally acclaimed Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Program.
Evans Scholars Foundation
The WGA champions education through golf in sponsoring the Evans Scholars Program. Established by famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., it provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. For the academic year 2014-15, 870 caddies are enrolled in college on scholarship; there are nearly 10,000 Evans Alumni across the country. Most Scholars attend one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.
The Evans Program is funded by contributions from more than 26,000 WGA Evans Scholars Par Club members across the country, as well as Evans Alumni and proceeds from the BMW Championship.