November is a great time to think about golf in Chicago, especially when the legendary Jack Nicklaus is in town. The Golden Bear will be in the Windy City on Wednesday, November 6 as the headliner at the Western Golf Association’s third annual Green Coat Gala to benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which takes at The Peninsula Chicago on Superior Street.
The 18-time major champion be on hand for a discussion with ESPN golf analyst and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North. While attending Ohio State University, Nicklaus won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959, 1961), and an NCAA Championship (1961). Andy North is from Madison, Wisconsin and was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
This sold-out black-tie event was developed to help fund college scholarships for deserving golf caddies through the Evans Scholar Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. More than 10,000 deserving caddies from across the nation have been awarded Evans Scholarships, earning a full housing and tuition scholarship to top universities across the nation. Scholarships are based on caddie record, academic achievement, financial need and character.
Founded in 1899, the Western Golf Association not only manages the Evans Scholar Foundation, it conducts championships for professional and amateur golfers. Its premier golf event is the BMW Championship, the second-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR.
“The Western Golf Association is very excited to welcome Jack Nicklaus as our special guest for the 2013 Green Coat Gala, benefiting the Evans Scholars Foundation,” said WGA President & CEO John Kaczkowski. “Jack remains golf’s greatest champion, and he is an integral part of Western Golf Association history.”
A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Nicklaus won the 1967 and 1968 Western Opens and holds the record for most victories in professional golf’s major championships. He has won six Masters titles, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens and three British Opens. He also won the 1961 Western Amateur, still one of the most prestigious titles in the amateur game.
The evening also will feature Mark Abtahi, a current University of Illinois Evans Scholar, who will share his personal experience of how the Evans Scholarship offers a life-changing opportunity for young golf caddies.
For more information on the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholar Foundation visit www.wgaesf.org.