The Western Golf Association conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers, promotes the use of caddies & supports the Evans Scholars Foundation’s efforts to award full tuition and housing college scholarships to hardworking caddies with limited financial means.
The WGA began in 1899, when 11 Chicago-area golf clubs formed an organization to promote their interests in golf. The WGA now calls Glenview home and conducts four amateur championships – the Western Amateur, Western Junior, Women’s Western Amateur and Women’s Western Junior – and two professional events – the Korn Ferry Tour’s NV5 Invitational presented by First Midwest Bank, and the BMW Championship.
The NV5 Invitational is an annual event on the Korn Ferry Tour, featuring an international field of golf’s rising stars competing for a spot on the PGA TOUR. Scottie Scheffler won the inaugural event in 2019 on his way to PGA stardom, and the event’s other two champions, Curtis Thompson (2020) and Cameron Young (2021), earned their PGA TOUR cards in August 2021. The 2022 championship will be played at The Glen Club, May 23-29 and all proceeds will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Evans Scholars Foundation: In 1929, golfer Charles ''Chick'' Evans Jr. asked the WGA to administer the fund he had established to send deserving caddies to college. The WGA awarded its first two scholarships in 1930, sending caddies Harold Fink and Jim McGinnis to Northwestern University. Today, the Foundation is funded by contributions from Par Club members across the country and by proceeds from our championships.