Local High School Caddies Win Chick Evans Scholarship

This February 3rd, eleven Hoosier high school seniors gathered at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel for their final interviews in hopes of receiving a full college tuition and housing scholarship valued at $80,000 over four years. The final round of interviews were held to determine who would be awarded the coveted Chick Evans Scholarship sponsored by the Western Golf Association. Following the meeting, each of the 11 candidates were awarded the scholarship. With the 2016 BMW Championship returning to Crooked Stick this September 6 - 11, this story is particularly relevant, since all BMW tournament proceeds will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. 

Westfield resident Ethan Parsley, who attends Westfield High School and caddies at Wood Wind Golf Club, and Carmel resident Hayden Bauschka, who attends Carmel High School and caddies at Prairie View Golf Club, are among those who received a scholarship. Indiana winners will attend one of 14 Scholarship Houses across the country.

Each recipient is a caddie with a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. At the Selection Meeting, WGA directors, Evans Scholars alumni and other Program supporters interviewed each of the nominees. Carmel resident Jackson Schuette, current Evans Scholar who received the Scholarship in 2012 (when the BMW was last played in Indiana), returned to the Selection Meeting to help provide guidance and advice to the candidates.

Currently, 910 caddies are enrolled in 19 colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars. After the Selection Meeting process concluded, more than 200 caddies were awarded the Evans Scholarship this year and will begin college this fall. The process included more than a dozen Selection Meetings held across the country.

The Chick Evans Scholarships are administered by the Evans Scholars Foundation and supported by the Western Golf Association, which joined with legendary amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans to establish the caddie program in 1930. “These young men and women have excelled in academics and in service to their schools and communities,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA president and CEO. “They’ve been identified as the best of the best of the many candidates that applied for the Evans Scholarship, and we are proud to recognize their achievements.”

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

Evans Scholars Foundation – Established in 1930 by the Western Golf Association and famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. The Evans Scholars Program is funded by contributions from more than 27,600 Evans Scholars Par Club members, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 10,000 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars.

Western Golf Association – Founded in 1899 to serve golfing interests in the growing Midwest, the WGA now has more than 400 member clubs. The WGA conducts two prestigious amateur championships, the Western Amateur and the Western Junior, as well as the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff events. The WGA promotes the use of caddies and supports the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. The WGA is a driving force in the game, a respected
charitable cause for thousands of supporters and a
distinguished leader in the nation’s golf community.