Campaign will address rising need for the Evans Scholarship

GOLF, IL – The Evans Scholars Foundation has officially launched the 2019 Match Play Challenge, marking the ninth year of the major gifts component of its annual Par Club fundraising campaign.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Evans Scholars Program provide more deserving caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The Foundation raised more than $15 million through the Match Play Challenge last year, helping it offset annual scholarship costs that exceeded $23 million.

The Match Play Challenge is a critical part of the Foundation’s plans for 2019, as families across the country struggle to meet the rising cost of college tuition and young men and women apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers. The Foundation projects its annual scholarship costs to increase by at least $1.5 million in 2019 as it adds to the 985 Evans Scholars in school.

“We are so thankful to all of our generous supporters who have contributed to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their energy and passion is an inspiration to our donors, and the continued success of these efforts is essential to ensuring that we help as many qualified caddies as possible in their pursuit of a college degree.”

The 2019 Match Play Challenge is already off to a strong start, with 55 Match Play Partners making gifts of $50,000 and greater. These contributions will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives this year.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is again serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chair. In addition to meeting increased need for the Evans Scholarship, the sustained success of this major gifts program will help the Foundation increase the number of Scholars in school to 1,000, establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, provide community living opportunities for all Scholars and develop new caddie training and career mentorship programs.

“As we strive to meet our goals, these major gifts give our Evans Scholars a chance to pursue their dreams,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “These caddies learn from their experiences on the golf course and continue to grow in college with a commitment to excel at the highest level. We are determined to help more young men and women in their journey from caddie to college to career.”

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..

2019 Match Play Partners*

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mike & Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Tom & Lucy Danis/T. Danis Charitable Trust
Matthew J. Desch
Dresner Foundation
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
John E. & Barbara C. Gallina
John & Carolyn Gehring
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Josef & Rachel Guzowski
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack & Karen Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Jerry & Regina Jurkiewicz
Susan & Thomas Kearney
Mike & Lindy Keiser
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Jack & Jama Lintol
Scott Malpass
John & Jean Matovina
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Ronald M. Miniat
Francis W. & Susan B. Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Mr. & Mrs. James W. O’Neill
Hewitt Pate
Mr. & Mrs. David L. Pemberton
Jim & Molly Perry
Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Gary Planos
John & Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Fund
The Solich Fund
Joe & Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner

*As of 5/15/2019