Campaign continues to address rising need for the Evans Scholarship

GLENVIEW, IL – Led by the generous support of 80 Match Play Partners, the Evans Scholars Foundation’s 2022 Match Play Challenge campaign is building momentum as it enters a critical stage of the year.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation change the game and send more caddies to college. Each year, Match Play Partners make leadership gifts of $50,000 or greater that are pooled and used to match every gift of $2,500 or greater the Foundation receives.

As the Foundation reaches the conclusion of The Promise Campaign – a comprehensive fundraising effort now in its final year – and pursues an ambitious long-range plan, leaders are asking supporters to step up by making Par Club gifts of $2,500 or greater this year to ensure that none of the matching funds go unused.

All funds raised through the Match Play Challenge will be used to offset annual program costs that include housing, tuition, community living expenses and career services support for Evans Scholars. With a record 1,100 Evans Scholars attending 2022 leading universities nationwide during the 2022-23 academic year, those costs are expected to exceed $27 million.

“We are thankful for our Match Play Partners and the leadership they demonstrate through their gifts,” WGA Chairman Joe Desch said. “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.”

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge, is serving once again as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner.

Since 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped generate more than $166.5 million in support of youth caddies and the Evans Scholars Foundation, enabling 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.

Its continued success is critical to the Foundation’s long-range plans.

“We are humbled by the kindness of our supporters and their gifts to the Match Play Challenge,” said Bill Kingore, Executive Vice President. “These major gifts make it possible for us to continue growing the program and investing in the leaders of tomorrow. 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 Sept. 14, 2022

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Sam and Marsha Allen
John H. Barrow
The Binzer Family
Ed and Peggy Bonach
Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation
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
Stanley F. Druckenmiller
Janet and Craig Duchossois
James J. Dunne III
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
James L. Garard, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gart
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
MidDay Foundation
Jordan Milanowski
Mr. and Mrs. W. Vaughn Moore
Tom and Susan Moran
Sean Moriarty
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
Richard A. Sachs
Roger W. Sandstrom
Sankaty Head Foundation, Inc.
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
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tensfeldt
Reed and Rosemary Tupper
John P. Ver Bockel and Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Richard L. Wood
Lou Woodworth and Heidi Charleson