Fast Facts

The Western Golf Association's championships rank among the oldest and most prestigious in the United States. We use our tournament legacy and reputation to further our charitable mission: the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies from modest means. For more fast facts on the Evans Scholars, view our 2013-14 At-A-Glance.

Our championships

  • We conduct four of the nation's most prestigious golf championships
  • More than 300 championships held for professional and amateur golfers since our founding
  • 70 top PGA TOUR players compete in the BMW Championship
  • 2,700 volunteers at our championships in 2012
  • 383 golf or country clubs are WGA members

Our scholarships

  • More than 200 full tuition and housing awards each year 
  • 840 Evans Scholars currently enrolled at 19 universities
  • Evans Scholarship Houses at 14 universities
  • Comprehensive selection criteria – academics, financial need, caddie record and character and leadership 
  • Campus leaders in academic and extracurricular activities
  • Cumulative GPA for Scholars is 3.25 
  • Graduation rate is over 90 percent
  • 9,800 Evans Scholar Alumni

Program funding

  • Evans Scholars is among the nation’s largest privately funded college scholarship programs
  • Golf’s favorite charity with over 100,000 contributors, including 26,000 Par Club members
  • WGA has 383 member clubs
  • 500 Directors serve as ambassadors for the WGAESF
  • Average grant valued at more than $70,000 over four years
  • Alumni contribute more than $6.2 million annually and over $62.3 million cumulatively
  • Operating budget: $18 million
  • Program costs: tuition, housing and related costs, 77%; fundraising, 14%; administration, 9%.
  • Program funding: Par Club contributions and major gifts, 70%; tournament and events, 20%; other contributions such as bag tag membership, memorials and bequests, 10%.



Who we are
Learn more about the Western Golf Assocation and Evans Scholars Foundation