Western Golf Association’s Caddie Academy Offers Young Women a Summer to Remember
2018 Caddie Academy participants during this year’s Women’s Invitational, a golf event that benefits the program.
The Western Golf Association’s Caddie Academy returned for its seventh year this summer, providing a group of 90 high school-aged girls from across the nation the opportunity to work at local golf and country clubs along Chicago’s North Shore.
The participants started caddying daily in mid-June while living at the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois. During the seven-week program, participants experienced the benefits of being a golf caddie while learning life lessons about how to become successful adults.
The participants come from economically under-resourced backgrounds, and more than 90 percent are minorities. The Caddie Academy provides life-changing opportunities to earn money and learn professional skills. It also allows them to potentially earn a full college scholarship.
Those who complete three summers of the program become eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship, which provides a full, four-year tuition and housing grant to top universities across the country. The prestigious Evans Scholarship, a program supported by the WGA, is awarded to caddies who demonstrate financial need and strong character, as well as outstanding caddie and academic records. This past year, 965 Evans Scholars were enrolled at 19 universities across the nation.
“The Caddie Academy has provided these hardworking young women with the amazing opportunity to be introduced to caddying and the game of golf,” says WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their ultimate reward is a chance to earn a full scholarship to college.“
This year, 12 Caddie Academy participants were awarded the Evans Scholarship and will begin college this fall. They are listed below and organized by state and hometown.
The Caddie Academy began in 2012 with an inaugural class of 12 caddies. Each year since, it has experienced tremendous success and growth. The program is a core part of the Evans Scholars Foundation’s plans for growth, with a goal of sending 1,000 caddies to college annually by the year 2020. Since its inception, 35 Caddie Academy participants have been awarded the Evans Scholarship.
The Caddie Academy is funded by the Souder Family. Proceeds from the Women’s Invitational golf fundraiser, now in its sixth year, also benefit the Academy.