Frank Morley named new WGA Chairman


GOLF, Ill. (Jan. 4, 2018) — Frank Morley, of Glenview, Illinois, is the new Chairman of the Western Golf Association, and will lead the Evans Scholars Program during a period of crucial growth.

At its December meeting, the WGA Board of Governors elected Morley to serve as the WGA’s 67th chairman following two years as vice chairman. He succeeds David Robinson of Troy, Michigan.

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history and tradition of service to the game of golf and to deserving young men and women,” Morley said. “Our golf championships are among the game’s oldest and most prestigious, and I’ve experienced firsthand how the work of the Evans Scholars Foundation is changing the lives of caddies and their families.”

Since becoming a WGA Director in 1993, Morley has served in several key leadership roles, including seven years as Tournament Chairman of the BMW Championship. 

Morley’s two-year term as Chairman comes as the Evans Scholars Program strives to meet its goal of growing from a record 965 Evans Scholars enrolled at 19 leading universities this fall to 1,000 by the year 2020. The Program also is working to partner with additional universities as it expands from coast to coast.

One of Morley’s top priorities will be to continue raising the money needed to cover escalating tuition costs and underwrite plans to grow the Evans Scholars Program.

“We’ve had some incredible fundraising success of late, and our biggest challenge is to sustain that momentum,” he said. “We continue to receive record numbers of applications for the Evans Scholarship each year, and we’re committed to meeting the needs of deserving caddies and their families.”

Morley’s familiarity and active involvement the past two decades will serve him and the organization well over the next two years, said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski.

“Frank’s commitment to our championships and scholarship program make him well-equipped to guide the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation during this pivotal period,” Kaczkowski said. “We feel fortunate to have someone so passionate about our mission guiding our organization.”

Morley and his wife Susan are longtime supporters of the Match Play Challenge, the Evans Scholars Foundation’s major gifts campaign, which has raised more than $58 million to support caddie scholarships since 2011.

A resident of Glenview, Morley worked for 41 years in the fine-printing paper distribution business, including 23 years as the co-owner of Midland Paper Co. in Wheeling, Illinois.

He is a member of Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois; North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois; The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples, Florida; Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida; Stock Farm Club in Hamilton, Montana; and Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland.

Date: 1/4/2018