Campaign continues to address rising need for the Evans Scholarship

GLENVIEW, IL – The Evans Scholars Foundation has launched the 2022 Match Play Challenge, the major gifts initiative of its annual Par Club campaign. Now in its 12th year, the initiative is already off to a strong start thanks to the generous support of 65 Match Play Partners who have made gifts of $50,000 or greater.

The Match Play Challenge has been a game-changer in helping provide more deserving caddies the life-changing opportunity of a college education. As the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation moves forward with its ambitious long-range plan, the Match Play Challenge continues to play a significant role, and is an important component of The Promise Campaign, the Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising effort that is now in its final year.

Last year, the Match Play Challenge raised more than $20 million to help offset annual program costs, which include housing and tuition along with community living and career services support, that have now reached $27 million. For the 2021-22 academic year, a record 1,070 Evans Scholars attended 21 leading universities nationwide.

“We are thankful for our Match Play Partners and the leadership they demonstrate through their gifts,” said WGA Chairman Joe Desch. “As we work to increase youth caddie opportunities and award more Evans Scholarships every year, contributions to the Match Play Challenge are critical to supporting more caddies in their pursuit of a college degree.”

The leadership gifts from the Match Play Partners are pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives this year. Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has raised more than $160 million in support of youth caddies and the Evans Scholars Program.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, once again is serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman in 2022 while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner. The sustained success of this initiative will enable the Foundation to increase the number of Scholars in school, establish new Evans Scholars chapters and create new youth caddie programs from coast to coast.

“We are humbled by the kindness of our supporters and their gifts to the Match Play Challenge,” said Bill Kingore, Executive Vice President. “In order for us to continue growing our program and invest in the leaders of tomorrow, these major gifts make an enormous impact in our work to help promising young caddies across the country. As defenders of youth caddying and youth caddie scholarships, we are committed to ensuring that youth caddying will be here and flourishing for many years to come.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2022 Match Play Partners

as of May 25, 2022

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John H. Barrow
The Binzer Family
Ed and Peggy Bonach
Paul Broder
Kenneth and Jacqueline Brody
The Children’s Foundation
Steve and Karis Colnitis
Glenda and Fritz Corrigan
Curcio Family Foundation
Armond and Kitty Dinverno
Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Dodson
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Electri-Flex Co./Jason Kinander
Thomas J. and Karen A. Falk
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Foglia Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foss
John E. and Barbara C. Gallina
John and Carolyn Gehring
Tom and Taylor Gleitsman
Josef and Rachel Guzowski
Dan and Kathy Harmon
Dan and Pam Hay
Jack Holland
Martin P. and Julie Hughes
Douglas & Brittney Hurt
James S. Joseph
Jerry and Regina Jurkiewicz
Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman
Mike and Lindy Keiser
Robert E. & Graham O. King
John and Jean Matovina
Gary and Carol Matula
Jack and Susan McCabe
Patrick and Meredith McCormack
Mr. and Mrs. W. Vaughn Moore
Francis W. and Susan B. Morley
Mr. and Mrs. James W. O’Neill
One8 Foundation
Hew and Lindsey Pate
Mrs. Delphine Patnales
Jim and Molly Perry
Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Bruce and Deborah Pfaff
John and Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Fund
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation
The John & Kathleen Schreiber Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger and Gail Waller/Best Portion Foundation
Elizabeth, Allan and Warren Shelden Fund
James and Kathleen Skinner
The Solich Fund
W. Fritz and Tracy Souder
Joe and Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Reed and Rosemary Tupper
John P. Ver Bockel and Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Richard L. Wood
Lou Woodworth and Heidi Charleson