Supporters contribute more than $20 million through Match Play Challenge

GLENVIEW, IL – Supporters of the Evans Scholars Foundation have come together to change the lives of deserving caddies, contributing more than $20 million to the 2020 Match Play Challenge campaign to help send more young men and women to college on full housing and tuition scholarships.

As the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation moves forward with carrying out its long-range plan for the next 10 years, donors have stepped up to address the rising need for the Evans Scholarship through their contributions to the Match Play Challenge.

The Match Play Challenge is the major gifts initiative of the annual Par Club campaign and a critical component of The Promise Campaign, the Foundation’s recently launched comprehensive fundraising effort. The leadership and generosity of 91 Match Play Partners who have made gifts of $50,000 or greater was pooled together and used to match every gift of $2,500 the Foundation received this year.

With more families than ever struggling to send their children to college, the program costs for the 1,045 Evans Scholars in school this year will exceed $25 million.

Last year was a particularly difficult year, as the Foundation had to cancel dozens of events that raise vital funds across the country, making support from major gifts contributors even more significant. As the need for financial assistance continues to grow, the Foundation is working to increase the number of Scholars in school, establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, provide community living opportunities for all Scholars and develop new caddie training and career mentorship programs.

“During an extremely challenging year, our supporters truly stepped up to help us continue changing the lives of deserving caddies,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “We are blessed and grateful for their support, and their generosity – particularly during such uncertain times – is an inspiration to us all.”

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, again served as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman in 2020 while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner.

“Our supporters are answering the call, and we are grateful for their leadership as part of the Match Play Challenge,” Keiser said. “As we look to expand the scope of our mission, these gifts will help us in our efforts to defend youth caddying and make a lasting impact for deserving caddies, from caddie to college to career.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Joe True at (224) 260-3741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 Match Play Partners


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Sam and Marsha Allen
The Alotian Club
Mary Ann and Looe Baker III
John H. Barrow
Mike and Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
The Boeing Company
Ed and Peggy Bonach
Mr. and Mrs. Terence Boudreaux
Paul Broder
Kenneth and Jacqueline Brody
Steve and Karis Colnitis
Glenda and Fritz Corrigan
Curcio Family Foundation
Tom & Lucy Danis/T. Danis Charitable Trust
Matthew J. Desch
Kathy and Bill Doyle
Dresner Foundation
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Thomas J. and Karen A. Falk
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foss
Jim and Karen Frank
John E. and Barbara C. Gallina
James L. Garard, Jr.
Mrs. Mary H. Garard
Mr. and Mrs. John Gart
John and Carolyn Gehring
Tom and Taylor Gleitsman
Josef and Rachel Guzowski
Matthew Halvorson
Dan and Kathy Harmon
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Haug
The Lawrence J. Hayes Family
Jack and Karen Holland
Martin P. and Julie Hughes
Jerry and Regina Jurkiewicz
Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman
Susan and Thomas Kearney
Mike and Lindy Keiser
Michael Lacey Keiser
Mr. and Mrs. Jason W. Kinander
Robert E. & Graham O. King
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Lisowski
Thomas L. Mallman
John and Jean Matovina
Alan and Vrissiis Matula
Gary and Carol Matula
John McCabe
Patrick and Meredith McCormack
Milner Hotels Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mize
Thomas and Susan Moran
Francis W. and Susan B. Morley
George and Vicki Muellner
Dallas E. Mulvaney
Frank and Janet Nessinger
Jean Norgaard Family Trust
One8 Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. James W. O’Neill
Hew and Lindsey Pate
Mrs. Vicki Pawlowski
Jim and Molly Perry
Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce and Deborah Pfaff
John and Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Prosperity Denver Fund
Quest Fund
Thomas A. Reynolds III
Therese and John Rigas
Roger W. Sandstrom
Sankaty Head Foundation, Inc.
Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger and Gail Waller/Best Portion Foundation
Elizabeth, Allan and Warren Shelden Fund
James and Kathleen Skinner
The Solich Fund
Joe and Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Reed and Rosemary Tupper
Daniel and Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel and Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Matthew Whebbe
Cynthia W. Willis
Wintrust Financial Corp.
James D. & Ann Zielinski