Minnesota Golf Association

Dozen Minnesota Caddies Earn College Scholarships

March 1, 2018

GOLF, Ill. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Twelve Minnesota caddies have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis on Feb. 15.

Each caddie has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall and will attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

Jimmy Nguyen, Eden Prairie, Bearpath G&CC, Eden Prairie HS; Jared Polanski, Eden Prairie, The Minikahda Club, Eden Prairie HS; Brandon Schenck, Eden Prairie, Hazeltine National GC, Edina HS; Benjamin Katona, Golden Valley, Golden Valley G&CC, Hopkins HS; Bryce Huber, Grant, White Bear Yacht Club, Mahtomedi HS; Julia Stuart, Minneapolis, The Minikahda Club, Southwest HS; David Sheldon, Minnetonka, Interlachen CC, Hopkins HS; Joshua Doely, Plymouth, Golden Valley G&CC, Robbinsdale Armstrong HS; Noah Xiong, Shoreview, North Oaks GC, Mounds View HS; Emmanuel Bonilla Galvez, South St. Paul, The Town & CC, South St. Paul Secondary; Bridget Macdonald, Vadnais Heights, Midland Hills CC, Saint Agnes School; Noah Schottenbauer, Superior, Wisconsin, Northland CC, Marshall School.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The Minikahda Club selection meeting was the 14th of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2017-18 selection meeting process is completed by April 1, an estimated 275 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

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 965 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,600 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars 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.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of 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, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. 

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