Dr. Joe Schmidt
Inducted in 2021
Originally from Skokie, Illinois, Dr. Joe Schmidt “unofficially” started his caddie career in 1952, at the age of six, caddying for his dad on their weekend visits to McHenry Country Club. At age 12, Dr. Schmidt trained as a caddie at Westmoreland Country Club before going on to caddie at Evanston Golf Club.
As president of Saint Patrick High School, Dr. Schmidt has inspired countless students to caddie and to pursue the Evans Scholarship. Thanks to Dr. Schmidt, an impressive number of students from St. Pat’s caddie and go on to become Evans Scholars.
Dr. Schmidt has been a Director of the Western Golf Association since 1999, has served on the WGA Board of Governors and is a past committee chairman of the caddie committee. He is still roaming the fairways of McHenry Country Club, decades after his father introduced him to the game of golf.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Schmidt was inducted during a special ceremony on August 12, 2021.