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Four Caddies Awarded Long Island Evans Scholarship

Four Caddies Awarded Long Island Evans Scholarship

GLENVIEW, IL– Four students from the state of New York have been awarded the Long Island Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college scholarship for deserving caddies, following a selection interview held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, on Feb. 6.

The students will begin college this fall as Long Island Evans Scholars, attending one of the Program’s 24 partner universities nationwide. Decisions on awarded schools will be finalized by March 15. The scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years. A list of winners can be found below.

The result of a partnership between the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) Evans Scholars Foundation and the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, Long Island Evans Scholars are selected based on showing a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need, and outstanding character. Candidates must meet the qualifications of both organizations to earn the scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Known as one of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 1,130 caddies are enrolled at 24 universities nationwide as Evans Scholars. More than 12,040 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the Program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. in 1930.

As the Evans Scholars Program continues to grow nationwide, more students from newer areas are being introduced to caddie and potentially earn a full college scholarship. Currently, there are eight Long Island Evans Scholars in school; a decade ago, there were three Long Island Evans Scholars in school.

Selection meeting interviews for Evans Scholar finalists will continue nationwide through spring. When the 2023-24 selection meeting process is complete, an estimated 340 caddies from across the country are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new class to the Evans Scholars family,” said WGA Chairman Steve Colnitis. “Their dedication in the classroom, on the golf course, and in their community represents what our Program has been about since 1930.”

“As partners, the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund and the Evans Scholarship Foundation are actively working together to provide opportunities within the local community. Our scholars are both deserving and driven, and we are proud to be able to contribute to their bright futures,” said Michael Sullivan, president of the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund.

Funds for the Evans Scholarship come mostly from contributions by more than 38,500 supporters across the country, who belong to the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $15 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, benefit the Program. This year, the BMW Championship will be held from Aug. 20-25 at Castle Pines Golf Club in the Denver area.

The 2027 BMW Championship will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, in August 2027. This will be the BMW Championship’s first visit to New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area and the event’s fifth stop on the East Coast since 2018. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $50 million for caddie scholarships.

To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit wgaesf.org. To learn more about the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, visit longislandcaddiescholarship.org.

First NameLast NameHometownSponsoring ClubHigh School
JosephMayalBethpage, NYGarden City Golf ClubSt. Anthony’s High School
MichaelPorembaHampton Bays, NYShinnecock Hills Golf ClubHampton Bays High School
ColinLynchRiverhead, NYFriar’s HeadRiverhead High School
LukeRichardRiverhead, NYFriar’s HeadRiverhead High School

About the Western Golf Association
The Western Golf Association conducts six national golf championships and sponsors the nationally acclaimed Evans Scholars Foundation. Headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, the organization was founded in 1899 by 11 Chicago-area golf clubs to promote their interests in golf. In addition to the BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR and the NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank on the Korn Ferry Tour, the WGA conducts four prestigious amateur championships, the Western Amateur, the Western Junior, and the Women’s Western Golf Association’s Amateur and Junior championships.

About the Evans Scholars Foundation
Established by the WGA and famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarships to high-achieving caddies across the country. Currently, a record 1,130 caddies are enrolled in 24 leading universities across the nation as Evans Scholars. The Program, which is supported by the WGA, is funded by contributions from more than 38,500 Par Club members, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 12,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars.

About the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund
The Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides financial need-based scholarships to caddies and others who work in service to golf at local participating golf and country on Long Island. The LICSF was founded in 1962 by George Sands, a longtime member of North Shore Country Club. In its 62-year history, the LICSF has awarded 937 young men and women who caddie and work in service to golf more than $4.9 million. For more information, visit www.longislandcaddiescholarship.org.

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