Chicagoland caddies earn Evans Scholarships

GOLF, Ill. – In 2017, 106 student caddies from the greater Chicago area have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college grant offered to golf caddies.

Each caddie, whose name and biographical information is listed below, has a unique story, which reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. Recipients will begin as Evans Scholars this fall, attending one of the 19 universities nationwide, including 15 where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $100,000 over four years

“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 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 since the Program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young men and women have worked tirelessly to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “They have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course. We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Funds for the Scholarship come from contributions by 30,600 golfers across the country, who give through the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation.

To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit www.wgaesf.org 

The recipients, who are organized by hometown, include:

First Name

Last Name

Awarded University

High School Name

Hometown

Sponsoring Club

Dean

Barkoulies

Miami University

Addison Trail HS

Addison

Medinah CC

Kendall

Johnson

University of Colorado

Dundee-Crown HS

Algonquin

Inverness GC

Patricia

Lohman Meza

Northwestern University

Jacobs HS

Algonquin

Crystal Lake CC

John

Cody

University of Illinois

Shepard HS

Alsip

Ridge CC

Kyle

Kornblum

Indiana University

Rolling Meadows HS

Arlington Heights

Rolling Green CC

Julia

Isaacs

University of Wisconsin

Rosary HS

Aurora

Aurora CC

Francis

Bongiovanni

University of Illinois

South Elgin HS

Bartlett

The Royal Fox CC

Molly

Mehta

University of Illinois

South Elgin HS

Bartlett

St. Charles CC

Cailee

Riley

Marquette University

Bartlett HS

Bartlett

Medinah CC

Fines

Owens

University of Illinois

Fenwick HS

Berkeley

Riverside GC

Samantha

Torres

University of Washington

Emma Willard School

Berwyn

Ruth Lake CC

Marco

Torres

University of Illinois

Fenwick HS

Berwyn

Skokie CC

Emily

Ayala Serrato

University of Colorado

Dundee-Crown HS

Carpentersville

Inverness GC

Zachary

Beaugureau

University of Wisconsin

Cary-Grove Community HS

Cary

McHenry CC

Eveline

Adamski

Miami University

Lane Technical HS

Chicago

North Shore CC

Kyrie

Agee

University of Illinois

De La Salle Institute

Chicago

Exmoor CC

Julissa

Andino

University of Illinois

Westinghouse HS

Chicago

North Shore CC

Tyler

Belisle

University of Illinois

Mount Carmel HS

Chicago

Conway Farms GC

Elena

Brambila

Marquette University

Jones College Prep HS

Chicago

Riverside GC

Thomas

Brannick

Marquette University

St. Patrick HS

Chicago

Ridgemoor CC

Mateo

Chavez

Ohio State University

Young Magnet HS

Chicago

Sunset Ridge CC

Raphael

Cruz

University of Kansas

De La Salle Institute

Chicago

Sunset Ridge CC

David

Czapla

Marquette University

Notre Dame College Prep

Chicago

Ridgemoor CC

Johanna

de Leon

Marquette University

Trinity HS

Chicago

Conway Farms GC

Kaitlyne

Diaz

University of Illinois

Taft HS

Chicago

Bryn Mawr CC

Haley

Doyle

University of Illinois

Queen of Peace HS

Chicago

Ruth Lake CC

William

Dreux Jr.

Northwestern University

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Richard

Eberwein

University of Illinois

St. Patrick HS

Chicago

Park Ridge CC

Marissa

Edwards

University of Illinois

South Shore International College Preparatory HS

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Brooke

Gawel

University of Notre Dame

Nazareth Academy

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Robert

Grayson Jr.

University of Illinois

Fenwick HS

Chicago

Riverside GC

Alejandra

Hernandez*

Marquette University

Cristo Rey Jesuit HS

Chicago

Edgewood Valley CC

Joseph

Lopez

University of Illinois

DePaul College Prep

Chicago

Park Ridge CC

Manuel

Madriz*

University of Kansas

Wayland Academy

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Robert

Mersch

University of Illinois

Northridge Preparatory School

Chicago

Evanston GC

Liam

Murphy

Marquette University

Fenwick HS

Chicago

Park Ridge CC

Yaitzell

Noriega

Marquette University

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HS

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Christopher

Novo

Ohio State University

Loyola Academy

Chicago

Northmoor CC

Khadijah

Olowu

University of Illinois

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HS

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Brandie

Smith

Ohio State University

Holy Trinity HS

Chicago

Glen Oak CC

Francesca

Soto

Marquette University

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Chicago

The Beverly CC

Katelynn

Soto

University of Illinois

Woodlands Academy
of the Sacred Heart

Chicago

La Grange CC

Emily

Stummer

University of Wisconsin

Lane Technical HS

Chicago

Bryn Mawr CC

Michael

Valicento

University of Illinois

St. Patrick HS

Chicago

Ridgemoor CC

Daniela

Garcia

Northwestern University

University of Chicago
Lab School

Chicago

Oak Park CC

Alejandro

Roman

Miami University

Loyola Academy

Chicago

Exmoor CC

Gianmarco

Petrelli

Miami University

Homewood-Flossmoor HS

Chicago Heights

Olympia Fields CC

Melina

Scofield

Northwestern University

Cristo Rey Jesuit HS

Cicero

The Glen Club

Weronika

Jasko

University of Kansas

Hinsdale Central HS

Clarendon Hills

Ruth Lake CC

Mateusz

Milaszewski

University of Colorado

Deerfield HS

Deerfield

Briarwood CC

Klaire

Carlquist

University of Kansas

South HS

Downers Grove

Ruth Lake CC

Matthew

Marth

Northwestern University

Benet Academy

Downers Grove

Butterfield CC

Donavan

Bird

University of Illinois

Streamwood HS

Elgin

Elgin CC

Nicholas

Dattalo

Indiana University

St. Patrick HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Michael

Dattalo

University of Illinois

St. Patrick HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Frank

Stocco

University of Illinois

Elmwood Park HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Jakub

Zwierzynski

Purdue University

Elmwood Park HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Luis

Murphy

University of Kansas

Fenwick HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Steiv

Shore

University of Michigan

Elmwood Park HS

Elmwood Park

Oak Park CC

Conor

Sheehan

University of Kansas

Brother Rice HS

Evergreen Park

The Beverly CC

Jack

Dingle

University of Kansas

Lincoln-Way East HS

Frankfort

Prestwick CC

Marc

Siegler

University of Minnesota

Glenbrook South HS

Glenview

North Shore CC

Julia

Nakashima

University of Illinois

Glenbrook South HS

Glenview

Park Ridge CC

Claudia

Frausto Sandoval

Marquette University

Warren Township HS

Gurnee

Skokie CC

Anna

Telling

University of Missouri

Warren Township HS

Gurnee

Merit Club

Scott

Harbut

Indiana University

Ridgewood HS

Harwood Heights

Ridgemoor CC

Thomas

Oblazny

University of Illinois

Amos Alonzo Stagg HS

Hickory Hills

Edgewood CC

Kyle

Johnson

Marquette University

Marian Catholic HS

Homewood

Idlewild CC

Thomas

Casey

University of Wisconsin

Lake Forest HS

Lake Bluff

Knollwood Club

Jeffrey

Kitzerow

Indiana University

Lake Forest HS

Lake Bluff

Knollwood Club

Mark

Rinaolo

Northwestern University

Lake Forest HS

Lake Forest

Conway Farms GC

Peter

Dudek

University of Michigan

Lake Zurich HS

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Alexander

Krasowski

Northwestern University

Lake Zurich HS

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Sarah

Ferriter

Pennsylvania State University

Lemont HS

Lemont

Edgewood Valley CC

Katelyn

Fonner

University of Missouri

Lisle HS

Lisle

River Forest CC

Robert

Gikas

University of Illinois

St. Rita of Cascia HS

Lockport

Glen Oak CC

Ryan

Muehlfelder

University of Illinois

Johnsburg HS

McHenry

Bull Valley GC

Charles

Siefke

Miami University

Prospect HS

Mount Prospect

Rolling Green CC

Dominika

Wojtowicz

Indiana University

Prospect HS

Mount Prospect

Rolling Green CC

Samantha

St. Leger

University of Illinois

Lincoln-Way West HS

New Lenox

Prestwick CC

Desmond

O'Shaughnessy

Northwestern University

Niles West HS

Niles

Ridgemoor CC

Patrick

Cooke

University of Illinois

Oak Forest HS

Oak Forest

Midlothian CC

Benjamin

Kirby

Ohio State University

Carl Sandburg HS

Oak Forest

Olympia Fields CC

Mackenzie

Lim

Northwestern University

Marist HS

Oak Forest

Midlothian CC

Keagan

Lenz

Marquette University

Marist HS

Oak Lawn

The Beverly CC

Brigid

Rakow

Indiana University

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HS

Oak Lawn

The Beverly CC

Colin

Martin

Purdue University

Providence Catholic HS

Orland Park

Ruth Lake CC

Kelly

Pawlak

University of Missouri

Shepard HS

Palos Heights

Olympia Fields CC

Gracie

DeRosa

Marquette University

Maine South HS

Park Ridge

Park Ridge CC

Garrett

Javors

University of Michigan

Fenwick HS

Riverside

Riverside GC

Dennis

O'Bryan

University of Notre Dame

Fenwick HS

Riverside

Riverside GC

Isaiah

Jebb

University of Kansas

Riverside Brookfield HS

Riverside

Riverside GC

Francesca

McCallister*

Purdue University

Lake Park HS

Roselle

Medinah CC

Ashweita

Ajith

Indiana University

Niles West HS

Skokie

Evanston GC

Elijah

Lancaster

University of Colorado

Niles West HS

Skokie

Evanston GC

Ethan

Enright

Marquette University

St. Edward Central Catholic HS

South Elgin

St. Charles CC

Michael

Martino

University of Kansas

Marist HS

Tinley Park

Midlothian CC

Steven

Rayzman

Northwestern University

Lake Forest Academy

Vernon Hills

Exmoor CC

Elizabeth

Sandoval

University of Illinois

Vernon Hills HS

Vernon Hills

Skokie CC

Patricia

Perez

University of Illinois

Willowbrook HS

Villa Park

Glen Oak CC

Jonathan

Westergaard

Indiana University

Wheaton Warrenville South HS

Warrenville

Cantigny Golf

Patrick

McCormack

University of Illinois

Community HS

West Chicago

The Royal Fox CC

Thomas

DeCesare

University of Illinois

St. Rita of Cascia HS

Western Springs

La Grange CC

Gary

DeCesare

University of Illinois

St. Rita of Cascia HS

Western Springs

La Grange CC

Zhenguo

Mo

Northwestern University

Hinsdale Central HS

Westmont

Butterfield CC

Timothy

Wolf

University of Kansas

Fenton HS

Wooddale

Medinah CC


*Denotes those who were awarded the Evans Scholarship
as college freshmen and will be sophomores in the fall.

Date: 5/9/2017