East Coast caddies earn Evans Scholarships

GOLF, Ill. – Ten high school caddies from the East Coast have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection meeting held at The Union League Club in New York City on Feb. 23.

Each caddie (listed below) has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall of 2017. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

Chase Skrubis, from North Granby, Connecticut, caddied at Sankaty Head Golf Club. A Granby Memorial High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Penn State University, where he plans to study landscape architecture. He started Klubs for Kids, an organization that collects and distributes used golf clubs and other items to children who would otherwise be unable to afford golf equipment. Chase says, “My time spent on the immaculate golf course on Nantucket has allowed me to develop a passion for golf course architecture. Over time, I have become driven to pursue a profession within landscape architecture.”

Grant Worthington, from Easton, Connecticut, caddied at Brooklawn Country Club. A Joel Barlow High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where he plans to study finance. In high school, he played for four years on the varsity golf team and served as team captain. Grant says, “I come away from every loop having learned something new about the course, current events or how to become a better caddie."

Samantha Lannon, from Timonium, Maryland, caddied at Baltimore Country Club. A Dulaney High School student, she was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Ohio State University, where she plans to study zoology. She learned about caddying from being on the varsity golf team, of which she was captain for three years. Samantha says, “I am honored to become part of the family of Evans Scholars and grateful for the life-changing opportunities this will bring.”

Joseph Dargon, from Norwell, Massachusetts, caddied at Sankaty Head Golf Club. A Boston College High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Penn State University, where he plans to study finance and economics. He participated in Sankaty Head Caddie Camp, an experience that combines caddying with other work and learning opportunities. Joseph says, “This camp has changed my life in ways I cannot describe, as it has made me into a confident, independent young man, which are characteristics I have implemented into my regular life at home.”

John Neal, from Brockton, Massachusetts, caddied at Sankaty Head Golf Club. A Brockton High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Miami University, where he plans to study engineering. He will be the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university. John says, “My career goal is to become a successful aeronautical engineer. The flight of the golf ball has caught my continued interest. Golf is a lifetime passion that I will continue to pursue.”

Samantha Boehmcke, from Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, caddied at Spring Lake Golf Club. A St. Rose High School student, she was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Ohio State University, where she plans to study marine biology. She was the first female caddie at her club. Samantha says, “Caddying it turns out came very natural to me. I have met so many successful people and love going to work every day, because every loop is a new experience. These experiences have helped teach me how to act calm, composed and under control in all situations, not just on the golf course, but in every aspect of life.”

Caitlin Marcus, from Tenafly, New Jersey, caddied at Knickerbocker Country Club. A Tenafly High School student, she was awarded the Evans Scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she plans to study social work. Caitlin’s older brother is an Evans Scholar at the University of Michigan. Caitlin says, “The Evans Scholarship will allow me to fully immerse myself in a rigorous academic environment without the crushing pressure of financial obligation. Beyond the obvious financial benefit, the Scholarship will connect me with a community of like-minded peers who will challenge me intellectually and enrich me socially.”

Gregory Heiler, from Farmington, New York, caddied at Oak Hill Country Club. A McQuaid Jesuit High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to the University of Kansas, where he plans to study physical therapy. He began caddying to pay for a portion of his high school tuition. Gregory says, “Caddying has taught me important life lessons and has given me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. Winning the Evans Scholarship will expand my opportunities further and give me the chance to create a successful life for myself.”

John Surlis, from Bay Shore, New York, caddied at Southward Ho Country Club. A Bay Shore High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Northwestern University, where he plans to study engineering. He is involved in the Model United Nations team in high school. John says, “One of the most prominent traits I have is a love of knowledge. Learning and applying that knowledge to a practical purpose is exhilarating to me.”

Chase Jackson, from Aiken, South Carolina, caddied at Sankaty Head Golf Club. An Aiken High School student, he was awarded the Evans Scholarship to Miami University, where he plans to study business. He was twice named a captain at Sankaty Head Caddie Camp, an experience that combines caddying with other work and learning opportunities. Chase says, “The past four years of attending Camp Sankaty have taught me a lot about having good work habits, having good character and about the necessary attributes needed of a leader.”

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman David Robinson. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.” 

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 935 caddies are enrolled in 20 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,400 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that these young men and women have earned this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 28,700 golfers across the country, who are members of the WGA Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $11 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.

Visit www.wgaesf.org for more information.

Date: 3/10/2017