Match Play Challenge

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

With the help of 63 generous donors — including 27 Evans Scholars Alumni — the Evans Scholars Foundation’s 2016 Match Play Challenge campaign is in full swing.

The pledges from the 63 Match Play Partners have eclipsed $3.6 million in the third month of the campaign. These vital donations put the Evans Scholars Foundation more than 80 percent of the way to its current goal of creating a $4.5 million matching pool. That pool will be used to match all major Par Club gifts of $2,500 and greater this year, doubling the contributions of donors in an effort to give more young men and women caddies the life-changing gift of a college education.

The names of these Match Play Partners are listed below to highlight their decision to step up at a critical time for the Evans Scholars Foundation. The Match Play Challenge — the major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign — is coming off a 2015 in which it raised $9.7 million. But that number must be surpassed in 2016 as the cost of college tuition continues to skyrocket and applications for the Evans Scholarship pour in at a record rate.

“We are sincerely grateful to all of our donors for their support of the Match Play Challenge,” said David Robinson, WGA Chairman. “However, the continued success of these efforts in the coming months is essential to ensure we meet the needs of all qualified applicants.”

The Match Play Challenge was developed in 2011 with the leadership of WGA Director Mike Keiser, who is serving as the Honorary Chair of the Match Play Challenge again in 2016. The funds raised by the campaign have allowed the Evans Scholars Foundation to expand, reaching coast to coast as it pursues a WGA Board of Governors mandate of having at least 1,000 Evans Scholars in school, living in community, each year by 2020. There were 910 Evans Scholars enrolled in school during the 2015-16 academic year, and 260 new Evans Scholarships were awarded for 2016.

That, plus the rising cost of college tuition, means direct scholarship costs for Evans Scholars will exceed $17 million in 2016, a $1 million increase over last year. That number is projected to jump by $1 million each year as the Evans Scholars Foundation nears its 2020 goal.

For the record number of caddies from all over the country applying for the Evans Scholarship, the need is greater than ever. A successful 2016 Match Play Challenge is critical to the Evans Scholars Foundation’s ability to tee up a promising future for deserving caddies by awarding full tuition and housing scholarships to leading universities.

“If we are to meet the increasing need, we must be successful in raising more tuition dollars through these ever-important major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy. “We must not leave qualified candidates behind.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or

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2016 Match Play Partners*

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Looe & Mary Ann Baker
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenny & Jacqueline Brody
Fritz & Glenda Corrigan
David & Maura DePrisco
Bill & Kathy Doyle
Tom & Karen Falk
Eugene & Sallyann Fama
In memory of Ellen & Carl H. Flickinger
Jim & Karen Frank
Jim & Mary Garard
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Marty & Julie Hughes
Steve & Michele Johnston
Mark & Mary Ann Kaufman
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Scott & Mary Beth Kilrea
King Family Foundation
Bill & Sharon Kozek
Andrew & Susan Langan
Robert & Diane Levy
Jack & Jama Lintol
Tom & Sandra Mallman
Richard & Christine Marcks
Alan & Vrissiis Matula
Gary & Carol Matula
Tom & Carla McAuley
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
John & Judy Mendesh
Tom & Susan Moran
John Merriman & Barbara Beatty
Mike & Sherri Miske
Sean Moriarty
George & Vicki Muellner
David Nelson Trust
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Pete Peterson
Mary & Scott Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
James & Donna Placio
Frank & Betsy Polizzi
John & Merry Ann Pratt
The Rich Family
Roger Sandstrom
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller
Elizabeth, Allan & Warren Shelden Fund
Cal & Sandra Simmons
Jim & Kathleen Skinner
Joe & Margie Stigler
Jason & Jennifer Stroiman
Jeremy & Lindsey Stroiman
JD & Shelly Sun
Larry Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Robert Woods
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara

*As of 7/20/2016


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