GOLF, IL – Two outstanding new Evans Scholars have been selected as recipients of the 2012 Chip Beck Scholarship Awards, Western Golf Association officials have announced.
The 2012 PGA TOUR Chip Beck Evans Scholar is Jackson Schuette from Carmel, Ind., and the 2012 PGA of America Chip Beck Evans Scholar is Michaela O’Shaughnessey from Fort Wayne, Ind. The winners will be recognized at the Pro-Am awards reception on Monday, Sept. 3 during the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Each year, two outstanding freshmen Evans Scholars are selected as Chip Beck Scholars, based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, caddie record and interest in golf. The Scholarships were established in 1992 by Beck, along with PGA TOUR Charities, PGA of America, the Evans Scholars Foundation and Hilton Hotels.
Funds come from the $1 million bonus paid by Hilton Hotel Corp. after Beck shot a record-tying round of 59 at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. At Beck’s request, PGA TOUR Charities and PGA of America, each of which received $250,000 of the bonus, earmarked their share for the Chip Beck Evans Scholarships.
The PGA TOUR Chip Beck Scholar, Jackson Schuette, will be a freshman at Purdue University, studying biochemistry. He caddied at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., and graduated from Carmel High School.
Schuette’s extensive experience on the golf course made him an asset to Crooked Stick Golf Club members. In addition to caddying, he is a dedicated athlete. During senior year, he was the starting varsity center and captain of Carmel football team. He also volunteered to work with mentally challenged children in the Best Buddies program and a Life Skills class.
“I am very excited to begin the next chapter of my life and look forward to exploring the unknown,” Schuette says. “The Scholarship will change my life forever.”
The PGA of America Chip Beck Evans Scholar, Michaela O’Shaughnessey, will be a freshman at Purdue University, studying sports movement. She caddied at Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., and graduated from Bishop Luers High School.
While in high school, O’Shaughnessey was awarded top caddie honors for having the most loops of all Orchard Ridge caddies. In addition to caddying, she played on her high school golf team for three years and was an instructor for kids on the Special Olympics golf team. She also participated in National Honor Society, World Culture Club, show choir and the tennis team.
O’Shaughnessey embraces the lessons learned as a caddie and golfer. “My many hours of practice and dedication to the game of golf have taught me diligence and patience, but most importantly, golf has been a constant reminder to me of the significance of honesty on and off the course,” she says.
Chip Beck, who serves as a director of the Western Golf Association, which sponsors the Evans Scholars Program, called it “gratifying” that he has had a role to in helping deserving students from across the country continue their higher educations. “The Chip Beck Evans Scholarship is something I’m going to be proud of long after my playing days are over,” he said. “Golf has been good to me, and I welcome the opportunity to give something back to the game.”
Nearly 9,600 deserving caddies from across the nation have been awarded Evans Scholarships, earning a full housing and tuition scholarship to top universities around the nation. Scholarships are based on caddie record, academic achievement, financial need and character. The Evans Scholars Program is one of golf’s favorite charities and is one of the country’s largest privately sponsored scholarship programs. For more information, visit www.wgaesf.org
About the Western Golf Association Founded in 1899 to serve golfing interests in the growing Midwest, the WGA now has more than 400 member clubs. The WGA 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. Its premier golf event is the BMW Championship, the second-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR. For more information on the WGA and ESF, call (847) 724-4600 or visit: www.wgaesf.com