Move unites the WGA staff, provides necessary space to grow
GLENVIEW, IL – The Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation have moved into a new headquarters building at 2501 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, organization leaders have announced.
The move provides the WGA with necessary space to grow as it continues to award full tuition and housing college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means, promotes the use of youth caddies and conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers.
“This facility will provide our organization with the means to better serve all of our stakeholders, including Evans Scholars, Alumni and Program supporters, as well as championship participants and supporters,” WGA Chairman Frank Morley said. “Every aspect of this building has been designed with the goal of furthering our dual mission of conducting championships and awarding scholarships.”
The WGA has undertaken a number of growth initiatives since establishing its previous headquarters in Golf, Ill., in 1955. In addition to the BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR, the WGA now conducts the Korn Ferry Tour’s Evans Scholars Invitational and the men’s and women’s Western Amateur and Western Junior championships. It has also helped launch several youth caddying initiatives. And the ESF, which the WGA oversees, has increased the number of Evans Scholars in school this year to a record 1,010 at 18 leading universities nationwide.
The new headquarters unites the WGA staff – which had been working out of offices in Golf, Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois – while maintaining the North Shore ties that date back to the WGA’s founding in 1899. The building includes versatile spaces to host events and display WGA and ESF’s history, with room for further expansion.
“The rapid growth we’ve experienced in recent years required a facility that meets our current needs while giving us flexibility for the future,” WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski said. “This new building gives our organization an enduring foundation as we work on behalf of golfers and youth caddies everywhere.”
Gensler, a leading architectural firm, designed the building, and Chicago-based Valenti Builders carried out the construction. Organization leaders plan to host a formal grand opening in the spring.