Finalists interviewed at The Tradition Golf Club in Palm Springs, California

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Six students from the Los Angeles area have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a selection interview held at The Tradition Golf Club in Palm Springs, California, on Feb. 18.

Each caddie has a unique story, which reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character.

They’ll begin college this fall as Evans Scholars at leading universities nationwide. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Below is a complete list of winners.

All recipients were members of the Caddie Academy, a special summer program of the Western Golf Association that provides caddie opportunities to young men and women from underprivileged areas. The students have all participated in the program, which is held in the Chicago area each summer, for the past three years, caddying at local golf clubs each day.

“Each of these deserving young students 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 in Palm Springs 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 Glenview, 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 students all 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.

This year’s winners, listed below, will join five other current Los Angeles students as Evans Scholars.


Sponsoring Club

High School


Awarded University

Ana Lleli Buenrostro

IL-Knollwood Club

Centennial HS


University of Kansas

Alejandra Buenrostro

IL-Knollwood Club

Centennial HS


University of Kansas

Savanna Hernandez

IL-Conway Farms GC

Compton HS


University of Washington

Lydia Mabamije

IL-Westmoreland CC

City Honors College Prep


Penn State University

Harvey Diaz

IL-Old Elm Club

St. Monica Catholic HS

Los Angeles

University of Oregon

Peggy Lopez

IL-Conway Farms GC

Centennial HS


University of Washington

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