Finalists interviewed at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, Wisconsin

GOLF, IL – Nineteen Wisconsin students have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, Wisconsin, on Dec. 17.

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 of 2020 as Evans Scholars, with most recipients awarded to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Winners are listed below.

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

The selection meeting at Nakoma was one of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2019-20 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 285 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 1,010 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,050 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 shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,500 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $14 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.


Sponsoring club

High School


Kimberly Chappell

Big Foot Country Club

Badger High School


Garrett Dolan

Sand Valley Golf Resort

Assumption High School


Abigale Dretske

Mascoutin Golf Club

Berlin High School


Lance Erdman

Sand Valley Golf Resort

Wild Rose High School


Gavin Goldstein

Big Foot Country Club

Westosha Central High School


Jesse Gregorich

NorthBrook Country Club

Luxemburg-Casco High school

New Franken

Brynna Hawk

Sand Valley Golf Resort

John Edwards High School

Port Edwards

Ryan Joo

Tuckaway Country Club

Greendale High School


Luke Larson

NorthBrook Country Club

Luxemburg-Casco HS


Dennis Matott

Sand Valley Golf Resort

Assumption High School

Wisconsin Rapids

Molly McCarthy

Sand Valley Golf Resort

John Edwards High School

Port Edwards

Joseph Noeske

Blue Mound Golf & CC

Wisconsin Lutheran HS


Caleb Sandberg

Big Foot Country Club

Faith Christian School

Lake Geneva

Raynique Scott

University Club of Milwaukee

Rufus King High School


Madeline Warren*

Legend at Merrill Hills

North High School


David Wells

Ozaukee Country Club

Brown Deer High School

Brown Deer

Madison Wilke

Ozaukee Country Club

Cedarburg High School


Owen Wischoff

Nakoma Golf Club

West High School


Benjamin Zeidler**

Blue Mound Golf & CC

Marquette University HS



*Awarded to University of Minnesota

**Awarded to Northwestern University