The Caddie Hall of Fame

About the WGA/ESF


In 1899, 11 Chicago-area golf clubs founded the Western Golf Association for the purpose of hosting tournaments. Today, the WGA conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers, promotes the use of caddies and supports the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. More than 460 member clubs, organizations and affiliations are part of the WGA, which has hosted more than 330 championships for professional and amateur golfers throughout the world.

The WGA is a driving force in the game, a respected charitable cause for thousands of supporters, and a distinguished leader in the nation’s golf community. Each year, it conducts two amateur championships, the Western Junior and the Western Amateur, and runs the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs.


The WGA champions education through golf by supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation. Established by the WGA and famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. For the academic year 2017-18, a record 965 caddies were enrolled in 19 leading universities nationwide. There are more than 10,600 Evans Alumni across the country.

The Evans Scholars Foundation is funded by contributions from more than 31,800 Evans Scholars Par Club members across the country, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship.

Please click here to visit the main website of the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation.


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