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"Fairway to the Future: The Drive to 1,000 Scholars"

Caddies from coast to coast continue to apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers as the ever-rising costs of college squeeze families of modest means, some struggling to simply make ends meet.

In keeping with its 83-year tradition of sending caddies to college, the Western Golf Association remains committed to ensuring none of these deserving and dynamic young people are left behind. To that end, the Western Golf Association is again seeking major gifts to the Evans Scholars Foundation through the 2014 Match Play Challenge campaign. Now in its fourth year, the campaign offers matching funds for Par Club operating gifts of $2,500 and greater.

This year’s campaign, titled “Fairway to the Future: The Drive to 1,000 Scholars” seeks to see all major gifts matched through of a pool of $3 million contributed by 60 or more Match Play Partners. Each partner will be asked to pledge $50,000 or more, and their generosity will be crucial in helping the Evans Scholars Foundation realize growth plans that include sending annually 1,000 caddies to college by 2020.

Since the launch of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, the campaign has been the most successful of its kind in the history of the Evans Scholars Foundation. That success has allowed the Program to expand its geographic footprint from coast to coast and begin increasing the number of Scholars in school each year at a time when scholarship applications are at an all-time high.

This year’s Match Play Challenge comes at a time when the Evans Scholars Foundation is looking to expand its geographic footprint from coast to coast and increase the number of Evans Scholars in school from 840 in 2014 to the goal of 1,000.

For questions or additional information, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or

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We gratefully acknowledge the following generous individuals who collectively contributed $6.9 million in matching funds for the Match Play Challenge.

Sam & Marsha Allen
Edward Bernardi
M/M Steven J. Colnitis
Fritz & Glenda Corrigan
Mattew J. & Ann M. Desch
Evans Scholar Foundation Trustees
Carol Lavin Bernick & Bob Fates
Family of Kevin & Susan Flynn
Jim & Karen Frank 
Jim & Mary Garard
Paul & Margot Grangaard
David & Shirley Hanson
M/M Edward R. James
Mark & Mary Ann Kaufman
Tom & Sue Kearney
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Electri-Flex Co./Jason Kinander
King Family Foundation
The Lazzara Family Foundation
Jack & Jama Lintol
Tom Mallman
Alan & Vrissiis Matula
Gary & Carol Matula
Thomas E. McAuley
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
John & Judy Mendesh
John Merriman & Barbara Beatty
Tom & Susan Moran
Robert & Diane Moriarty
Jim & Letitia Murphy
Frank & Janet Nessinger
M/M Dan Pawlowski
David L. Pemberton
Jim & Molly Perry
Mary & Scott Petrovich
Frank & Betsy Polizzi
John & Merry Ann Pratt
Estate of Arthur C. & Barbara Prine
Jim & Heide Reilly
The Rich Family – Jerry, Betty & Keith
Jim & Suzette Roppel
Cecil Ross
Roger W. Sandstrom
Dan & Kathleen Schewe
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller – Best Portion Foundation   Cal & Sandra Simmons
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Geoff “Duffy” & Anita Solich
George & Carol Solich – The Solich Fund
W. Fritz & Tracy Souder
John Spencer Estate
Avy & Marcie Stein
Joe & Margie Stigler
Jason & Jen Stroiman
Jeremy Stroiman & Lindsey Kast Stroiman
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Darrell & Gail Voitik
Gavin “Guy” & Arlene Weir
Douglas & Virginia West
Mark & Amy Wilson
Lou Woodworth & Heidi Charleson

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