Founded in 1899, the Western Golf Association conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers, promotes the use of caddies, and oversees the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means.
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. It was established by 11 Chicago-area golf clubs for the purpose of hosting tournaments. Today, more than 400 member clubs, organizations and affiliations are part of the WGA. Since its founding, it has hosted more than 300 championships for professional and amateur golfers from throughout the United States and the world.
The WGA conducts two amateur championships, the Western Junior and the Western Amateur, and runs the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the TOUR's FedExCup competition. The WGA also is conducting the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship as part of the web.com TOUR Finals.
The WGA, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, champions education through golf in sponsoring the nationally acclaimed Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Program. Established by famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., the program provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, more than 830 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 9,600 Evans Alumni across the country. Most Scholars attend one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. Learn more at: