Chick Evans

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Chick Evans
EvansGardner1916Amateur.jpg
Evans (right) and Robert A. Gardner,
the finalists at the 1916 U.S. Amateur
Personal information
Full nameCharles E. Evans Jr.
NicknameChick
Born(1890-07-18)July 18, 1890
Indianapolis, Indiana
DiedNovember 6, 1979(1979-11-06) (aged 89)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Weight158 lb (72 kg; 11.3 st)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
SpouseEsther Evans
(m. 1927–67, her death) [1]
Career
StatusAmateur
Professional wins3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 3)
Masters Tournament 51st: 1940
U.S. Open Won: 1916
The Open Championship T49: 1911
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur Won: 1916, 1920
British Amateur T9: 1911
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1975 (member page)
Bob Jones Award 1960

Charles E. "Chick" Evans Jr. (July 18, 1890 – November 6, 1979) was an American amateur golfer of the 1910s and 1920s. Evans, who won the 1910 Western Open, became the first amateur to win both the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in one year, a feat he achieved in 1916. Evans won the U.S. Amateur again in 1920, and was runner-up three times. Selected to the Walker Cup team in 1922, 1924, and 1928, he competed in a record 50 consecutive U.S. Amateurs in his long career. Evans achieved all of this while carrying only seven hickory-shafted clubs.

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Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

Western Open golf tournament held in the United States

The Western Open was a professional golf tournament in the United States, for most of its history an event on the PGA Tour. The tournament's founding in 1899 actually pre-dated the start of the Tour, which is generally dated from 1916, the year the PGA of America was founded. The Western Open, organized by the Western Golf Association, was first played in September 1899 at the Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois the week preceding the U.S. Open. At the time of its final edition in 2006, it was the third-oldest active PGA Tour tournament, after the British Open (1860) and U.S. Open (1895). The tournament was held a total of 103 times over the course of 108 years. The event was not held in 1900, nor in 1918 because of World War I, and not from 1943-1945 because of World War II. Golfers from the United States won the tournament 77 times, and players from Scotland won it 15 times. Walter Hagen had the most victories with five wins, and 17 other players won the event at least twice. Two amateurs also won the tournament: Chick Evans in 1910 and Scott Verplank in 1985.

U.S. Open (golf) golf tournament held in the United States

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In addition to his golf career, Evans is known for founding the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides a college scholarship for qualified caddies.

The Evans Scholars Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Golf, Illinois that provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to golf caddies. Operated by the Western Golf Association, the Evans Scholars Foundation has helped more than 10,600 caddies graduate from college since its creation in 1930.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.

In 1960, Evans was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. It is named in honor of Bobby Jones.

United States Golf Association Non-profit organisation in the USA

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States' national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. Together with The R&A, the USGA produces and interprets the rules of golf. The USGA also provides a national handicap system for golfers, conducts 14 national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, and tests golf equipment for conformity with regulations. The USGA is headquartered at Golf House in Far Hills, New Jersey.

World Golf Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame in St. Johns County, Florida

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, in the United States, and it is unusual among sports halls of fame in that a single site honors both men and women. It is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world.

Early life

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Evans' family moved to Chicago when he was eight years old, and he grew up on the north side of the city. At the age of eight, he was first exposed to golf as a caddie at a Chicago course, the Edgewater Golf Club. He attended secondary school at the Evanston Academy, and won the 1907 and 1908 Western Interscholastic tournaments. He led in the founding of the Western Interscholastic Golf Association (WIGA), and led Evanston Academy to the 1908 WIGA team championship. [2]

Indianapolis State capital and Consolidated city-county in the United States

Indianapolis, often shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 16th most populous city in the U.S. The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S., with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles (950 km2), making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States; the fourth largest in North America and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

Caddie person who carries a players bag and clubs

In golf, a caddie is the person who carries a player's bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support, almost like a coach. A good caddie is aware of the challenges and obstacles of the golf course being played, along with the best strategy in playing it. This includes knowing overall yardage, pin placements and club selection. A caddie is not usually an employee of a private club or resort. They are classified as an "independent contractor", meaning that he or she is basically self-employed and does not receive any benefits or perks from his association with the club. Some clubs and resorts do have caddie programs, although benefits are rarely offered. Particularly in Europe, the vast majority of clubs do not offer caddies, and amateur players will commonly carry or pull their own bags.

Golf career

Evans on March 1, 1915 Amateur sports (2163733266).jpg
Evans on March 1, 1915

From these beginnings, Evans became one of the most acclaimed American amateur golfers of his time. The accomplishment that gave him the most contemporary publicity came in 1916, when he won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open in the same year. Evans was the first person to accomplish this task, and only Bobby Jones has done it since.

Bobby Jones (golfer) American amateur golfer and lawyer

Robert Tyre Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport; he was also a lawyer by profession. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament. The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world.

Evans also won the Western Open in 1910 by defeating George Simpson 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. He was the only amateur to do so until Scott Verplank in 1985. [3] Simpson graciously praised Evans on his victory, saying “I’ve learned the greatest golf lesson of my life today. I consider it a greater honor to be beaten by the kind of golf you have played than to have remained out of the tournament because I did not fancy match play.” [4]

George O. Simpson was a Scottish-American professional golfer who played in the early 20th century. Simpson had one top-10 finish in a golf major championship when he finished third in the 1911 U.S. Open. Simpson finished second in the 1910 Western Open.

Scott Rachal Verplank is an American professional golfer, who has played on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.

The 1985 PGA Tour season was played from January 10 to October 27. The season consisted of 43 official money events. Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins won the most tournaments, three, and there were 10 first-time winners. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

Into the 1960s, Evans was an active participant in senior tournaments, and still competed in U.S. Amateur events, eventually setting a record of completing 50 of these championships. Evans played his last rounds of competitive golf in 1968, winning the Illinois Open that year. His last Western Amateur was in 1967. [1]

After his retirement, Evans continued to attend events as a spectator and converse with the fans and players.

Evans Scholars Foundation

After his wins in 1916, Evans was given several thousand dollars in royalties for recording golf instructions for the Brunswick Record Company, and in 1921 he received royalties from a golf book. [5] If he had accepted this money Evans would have lost his amateur status. His mother suggested that he put the money to good use by sponsoring a scholarship fund for caddies.

Evans, who was unable to finish his own matriculation at Northwestern University, recalled that his mother "wouldn't think of accepting my money unless we could arrange it to be trusted to furnish educations for deserving qualified caddies." He said his mother "pointed out that the money came from golf and thus should go back into golf -- It was all her dream -- her idea."

Evans went to the Western Golf Association (WGA), an organization that ran the golf championships in the Midwest, to get their support for his scholarship. By 1930, the Evans Scholars Foundation had formed [3] and two caddies, Harold Fink and Jim McGinnis, were named the first two Evans Scholars.

Chick Evans' long friendship with Chicago tax attorney, Carleton Blunt, had proved to be the catalyst for launching the Evans Scholars Foundation. Blunt, an avid golfer and philanthropist, supported Evans' vision for helping caddies attend colleges and universities across the country by raising the necessary funds for decades.

The criteria used to choose the recipients were scholarship, fellowship and leadership. Since that time, over 10,600 caddies have become Evans Scholars and attained college educations. The Evans scholarship program continues today as the largest scholarship organization in sports and the largest privately funded scholarship program in the United States.

Evans Scholarship houses exist at the following Universities: University of Colorado, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University, Ohio State University, Northern Illinois University, University of Missouri, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Miami University and the University of Minnesota.

On February 19, 2014 the Evans Scholars Foundation announced their plans to build a new chapter house at the University of Oregon. It is the first new Scholarship House in 27 years. [6] In addition to those universities at which houses exist, scholarship recipients attend several other universities around the country. More than 800 caddies currently attend college on an Evans Scholarship.

Death and legacy

Evans died on November 6, 1979 at age 89. His wife, Esther, had died in 1967 after 40 years of marriage. They had no children. [1] The Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove, a north suburb of Chicago, is named in his honor.

Tournament wins (22)

Professional major championships

Evans in 1915 ChickEvans1915Open.jpg
Evans in 1915

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 HolesWinning ScoreMarginRunner-up
1916 U.S. Open 3 shot lead−2 (70-69-74-73=286)2 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Jock Hutchison

Results timeline

Note: As an amateur, Evans was ineligible to play in the PGA Championship.

Tournament191119121913191419151916191719181919
Masters Tournament NYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYF
U.S. Open DNPDNPDNP2 LA181LANTNTT9 LA
The Open Championship T49DNPDNPDNPNTNTNTNTNT
Tournament1920192119221923192419251926192719281929
Masters Tournament NYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYFNYF
U.S. Open T6 LA4 LA16T14T10DNPT13CUTCUTDNP
The Open Championship DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1930193119321933193419351936193719381939
Masters Tournament NYFNYFNYFNYFDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. Open T54DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT50DNPDNPDNP
The Open Championship DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
Masters Tournament 51DNPDNPNTNTNTDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. Open DNPCUTNTNTNTNTDNPCUTCUTCUT
The Open Championship NTNTNTNTNTNTDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament19501951195219531954195519561957195819591960
Masters Tournament DNPDNPDNP64DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTCUT
U.S. Open DNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open Championship DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Amateur major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionshipWinning ScoreRunner-up
1916 U.S. Amateur 4 & 3 Flag of the United States.svg Robert A. Gardner
1920 U.S. Amateur 7 & 6 Flag of the United States.svg Francis Ouimet

Results timeline

Tournament19091910191119121913191419151916191719181919
U.S. Amateur SF MSFSF2 MSF MR32R321NTNTR16
The Amateur Championship DNPDNPR16DNPDNPR32NTNTNTNTNT
Tournament1920192119221923192419251926192719281929
U.S. Amateur 1SF2R32 MR32DNQQF2R32DNQ
The Amateur Championship DNPR64DNPDNPDNPDNPR128DNPDNPDNP
Tournament1930193119321933193419351936193719381939
U.S. Amateur DNQDNQQFR32QFR256R64QFDNPDNQ
The Amateur Championship DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
U.S. Amateur DNQDNQNTNTNTNTDNQR256R128R256
The Amateur Championship NTNTNTNTNTNTR64DNPDNPR128
Tournament1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
U.S. Amateur R256R256R128R256R256R128R256R64R64R128
The Amateur Championship R512DNPR128R256DNPR64DNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament196019611962
U.S. Amateur R256R256R256
The Amateur Championship DNPDNPDNP

M = Medalist
DNP = Did not play
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Sources: Amateur Championship: 1911, [8] 1914, [9] 1921, [10] 1926, [11] 1946, [12] 1949, [13] 1950, [14] 1952, [15] 1953, [16] 1955 [17]

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

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  6. "Evans Scholars Foundation to open Scholarship House at the University of Oregon" . Retrieved February 20, 2014.
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  11. The American Golfer, July, 1926, pg. 58. Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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  13. The Glasgow Herald, May 25, 1949, pg. 2.
  14. The Glasgow Herald, May 23, 1950, pg. 9.
  15. The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1952, pg. 7.
  16. The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1953, pg. 4.
  17. The Glasgow Herald, June 2, 1955, pg. 4.