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Western Amateur 120th Championship Program 2022, Exmoor Country Club





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Commemorative Program
120th Western Amateur Championship
August 1–6, 2022

Welcome to the 120th Western Amateur 5
Exmoor Country Club Welcome 6
Western Golf Association Welcome 7
Mayor of Highland Park Welcome 8
Mayor of Highwood Welcome 9
Generosity and Gratitude 10
Sponsor Recognition 11
Introduction 13
Overview: WGA History & Facts at a Glance 15
Overview: Evans Scholars Foundation 19
Exmoor’s Evans Scholars 21
Off to College: Two Exmoor Evans Scholars 23
Western Amateur Championship History 25
Western Amateur Showcases Future Stars 27
The Western Amateur Returns to Exmoor Country Club 29
George R. Thorne Trophy 31
Past Winners of the Western Amateur 32
2021 Western Amateur Recap 35
Chick, the Caddies and the Scholars 37
Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. and Exmoor 39
Meet Eddie Gonzalez: Exmoor Caddie Manager 41
Tom Kearney: Recipient of the Donald D. Johnson Lifetime Award 43
WGA Presidents from Exmoor 44
2022 WGA Directors from Exmoor 44
Exmoor Members who are Evans Scholars Alumni 45
The Women’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) 49
The Championship 51
Tournament Format and Schedule 52
Spectator Rules 52
Future Sites of the Western Amateur 53
The Exmoor Golf Course 55
A Donald Ross Masterpiece, Four Years in the Making 56
Course Restoration by Ron Prichard 57
The Exmoor Golf Course: Authentic Donald Ross 58
Tournament Course Conditions 59
2022 Course Changes 59
Course Map 62
Hole-by-Hole Photos 63
A Pioneering Club in American Golf 99
A Brief History of Exmoor 100
History of the Western Amateur at Exmoor 106
The Exmoor Foundation 112
Exmoor Professionals and Acknowledgments 115
Exmoor Professionals 116
In Appreciation 118
Index 121

2022 Western Amateur Championship Commemorative Program 3

J.P. Graziano
Don Holton
Design & Production
Innovative Design & Graphics
Exmoor Country Club
Hob Jordan
Vice President
The George R. Thorne Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Justin Foley
Western Amateur Championship since 1900.
Tournament Co-Chairs
Dwight A. Ekenberg
Cover: After creating an acclaimed Wybranski visited Exmoor on Thomas Kearney
poster for the 2012 Western Amateur at September 17, 2021, in search of an
Head Golf Professional
Exmoor Country Club, Lee Wybranski, interesting perspective to paint. A walk Christopher Nieto, PGA
golf’s most renowned artist, has painted up the 18th fairway — to the crest of Golf Course Superintendent
another iconic scene that is featured the hill — proved inspiring when he Tim Kelly
in this tournament book and on a envisioned two golfers, Evans Scholars General Manager
poster to commemorate the 2022 on their bags of course, playing a Alan Slatin, CCM
Western Amateur. Western Amateur match on the club’s
Western Golf Association
historic final hole. It’s a scene that
will play out many times at this Joseph M. Desch
year’s championship.
Vice Chairman
Steven J. Colnitis
Working in watercolor, his favorite
medium, Wybranski has created official Chairman,
Tournament Committee
posters for the U.S. Open, the Ryder Michael D. Bruni
Cup, the Masters, and the Open
President & CEO
Championship — but none more John M. Kaczkowski
engaging than this year’s work of art Senior Vice President,
for the 120th Western Amateur. Tournaments
Vince Pellegrino
Thank you, Lee.
Tournament Operations
Patrick Timson
Amateur Competitions
Steve Prioletti
Senior Director,
John Paul Borneman

Lee Wybranski

4 Commemorative Program Exmoor Country Club



Welcome to Exmoor Country Club and
the 120th Western Amateur Championship

Exmoor Country Club — its members and staff — welcome you to a week
of world-class amateur golf competition at the 120th Western Amateur
This year marks 10 years since Exmoor last hosted the championship, won
in 2012 by Chris Williams, a senior at the University of Washington. Exmoor
first hosted the 1904 Western Amateur, won by member H. Chandler Egan,
and played host again in 1952, when Frank Stranahan was the winner.

Exmoor was a charter member of the Western Golf Association in 1899.
Over many decades, Exmoor and the WGA have shared two goals — to hold
important golf championships and, beginning with the establishment of
the Evans Scholars Foundation in 1930, to provide scholarships to send
deserving caddies to college.

In that regard, I am pleased to announce that Exmoor members and event
sponsors have exceeded the club’s goal to raise $500,000 to support this
year’s tournament and to fund two or more Endowed Named Evans
Hob Jordan Scholarships on behalf of Exmoor.
President, Exmoor Country Club
No other charitable effort in our club’s history can approach this level of
generosity. Our members can be proud that for years to come — on a
permanent basis — young, hardworking caddies will enjoy the benefits
of a college education.
We are grateful to the Western Golf Association for its confidence in
selecting Exmoor to host this event. Our special thanks go to WGA President
and CEO John Kaczkowski and his staff for their leadership, encouragement,
and support.

Exmoor’s exceptionally talented staff is ready to provide the highest level of
service to contestants and guests. We trust you will enjoy our clubhouse
and other facilities to make your experience at Exmoor a special one.
On behalf of Exmoor’s Board of Governors, the tournament committee,
and the club’s entire membership, welcome to Exmoor.

And to the contestants — play well!

Hob Jordan
President, Exmoor Country Club

6 Welcome Exmoor Country Club

Welcome from the
Western Golf Association

Since 1899, the Western Golf Association has been
proud to conduct the Western Amateur, an interna-
tional championship as prestigious and challenging
as any in the game of golf.

This week, we welcome our 2022 Western Amateur
contestants to Exmoor Country Club, one of the most
storied clubs in the greater Chicago area. Since 1903,
this Donald Ross masterpiece of a venue has hosted
18 national championships.
That includes three Western Amateurs, starting with
Joe Desch John Kaczkowski
the 1904 championship won by H. Chandler Egan. Chairman of the Board President & CEO
Frank Stranahan won the 1952 Western Amateur here, Western Golf Association Western Golf Association
and Chris Williams outlasted a field that included
Abraham Ancer, Max Homa and Justin Thomas in 2012.
Once again, Exmoor stands ready to put the world’s We wish all of our competitors well in their quest for
best amateurs to the test. greatness this week, and we offer a very heartfelt thank
We’d also like to thank Exmoor’s members for being you to Exmoor Country Club’s members and staff for
reliable supporters of youth caddying and the Evans hosting this 120th playing of the Western Amateur.
Scholars Foundation, which the WGA administers.
Best Wishes,
Since 1930, 78 Exmoor caddies have been awarded
full tuition and housing Evans Scholarships, Joe Desch
including 14 students who are attending leading Chairman of the Board
universities nationwide this year. Through their Western Golf Association
support of this championship, the Exmoor members
have established two new Endowed Named John Kaczkowski
Scholarships for hardworking youth caddies. President & CEO
We are so grateful for their generosity. Western Golf Association

Over the next few days, this field of 156 players will
compete in a grueling format designed to identify the
very best. Chick Evans, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus,
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all toppled fields of
their peers to have their names etched on the George R.
Thorne Trophy.

2022 Western Amateur Championship Welcome 7

Welcome from Highland Park Mayor
Nancy Rotering

On behalf of the City of Highland Park and our entire community, it is our
great pleasure to welcome you to Exmoor Country Club for the WGA’s
Western Amateur Championship.
The City of Highland Park supports these activities and we welcome the play-
ers, their families and officials to experience our city. Highland Park is the
progressive, energetic heart of the North Shore. We have something for
everyone. Enjoy our walkable and lively downtown offering unique shop-
ping and exceptional restaurants. You can stroll from one end to the other to
shop, dine and enjoy a day of beauty just a few minutes from scenic parks
and the award-winning Rosewood Beach. Recognized for art and culture,
Highland Park is home to Ravinia Festival, a world-class entertainment
venue hosting a variety of the highest caliber pop, classical, jazz, vocal, and
dance performers in a spectacular outdoor setting. These are just some of
the reasons to visit us while you are here — come see for yourself! Visit to find out about all the shopping, dining and
Nancy Rotering
Mayor, Highland Park entertainment we have to offer.
Highland Park is proud to be the home of Exmoor Country Club, the oldest
running organization in our community. Since its founding in 1896, the
Exmoor Country Club has been a good citizen and partner to the City.
During the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, Exmoor generously allowed the
use of the clubhouse as a temporary hospital. For the City’s centennial
celebration in 1969, Exmoor donated the Stupey Cabin, the oldest existing
building structure in Highland Park, and now relocated adjacent to City Hall.
Exmoor membership has been comprised of professional and civic leaders
from our community and served as a social center where neighbors gathered
to play golf and forge lifelong friendships.

Thank you for visiting our community and Exmoor Country Club for the
WGA’s 2022 Western Amateur Championship and please make yourselves
at home.


Nancy R. Rotering
City of Highland Park

8 Welcome Exmoor Country Club

Welcome from Highwood Mayor
Charlie Pecaro

On behalf of the City of Highwood, the City of Highland Park, and our entire
community, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to Exmoor Country Club
for the 120th Western Amateur Championship.
We are proud to be the home of Exmoor Country Club and are thrilled to
have been selected as the site of this year’s Championship. Since 1896 the
membership has been comprised of professional and civic leaders from our
communities and served as a social center where neighbors gathered to play
golf and forge lifelong friendships.

Highwood’s placement between Lake Forest and Highland Park,
conveniently located near Chicago and adjacent to Lake Michigan, offers
visitors access to world class attractions such as the Town of Fort Sheridan
development and the Highwood Bocce Club, which hosts international
competitions. Highwood is well known for its food culture, with 40
restaurants and bars within its vibrant downtown. We hope you visit some
of these locally owned establishments and check out the many culinary Charlie Pecaro
options — you won’t be disappointed! Mayor, Highwood
Thank you for visiting our community and Exmoor Country Club
and please make yourselves at home.

Distinti Saluti,

Charles Pecaro
City of Highwood

2022 Western Amateur Championship Welcome 9

Generosity and Gratitude

Instead of an extended fundraising effort, the
campaign gained momentum toward its goal in late
2021, exceeding it by mid-January 2022, a truly amazing
and generous response from members and others.

All of us at Exmoor look forward to making new
friends among the young men who will compete on
our golf course. Remembering the Western Amateur
of 2012, the week goes quickly and concludes with the
excitement and suddenness of the semifinal and final
18-hole matches, scheduled for Saturday, August 6.
Dwight Ekenberg Tom Kearney
Co-Chairman, 2022 Western Amateur Co-Chairman, 2022 Western Amateur
Exmoor Country Club Exmoor Country Club
Thankfully, something special will endure far beyond
the tournament week. Sufficient funds have been
raised to support two Evans Scholarships, in perpetuity,
It was an aspirational objective — one that seemed in the name of Exmoor.
slightly out of reach in 2021, when the Exmoor Board
of Governors approved a goal of $500,000 to support On behalf of the Executive Committee, our heartfelt
the Western Amateur Championship and to fund thanks to our Sponsors.
two permanent Evans Scholarships in the name of
Exmoor Country Club. Sincerely,

The task was turned over to the tournament Executive Dwight Ekenberg
Committee and club staff, and members of Exmoor Tom Kearney
responded with creativity and generosity. Consistent Co-Chairmen
with their many years of exemplary support for the 2022 Western Amateur
Evans Scholars Par Club, members enrolled in several
sponsorship options. Corporate sponsors also saw
the benefits of participation, and some of them
proposed innovative arrangements to host their
friends and clients.

10 Welcome Exmoor Country Club

Sponsor Recognition
2022 Western Amateur

Chick Evans ($25,000) Friends of Exmoor (Cont.) Spirit of Exmoor ($1,000)
Bernardi Securities Jeff Greenbury Matt Anderson
Tom and Sue Kearney Brett Hesterberg Sandy and Molly Browe
Don Holton (2) Vikki Creeden
H. Chandler Egan ($15,000+) Bill Inglese Andy and Marguerite Gooliak
Acre Valley Hob Jordan J.P. and Frida Graziano
Real Estate Capital, LLC
Danny Kapnick Bob Rudolph
Bob and Janet Alsteen
Jason Kinander John and Denise Rudolph
Ambulatory Management
Solutions Jon Knouse Bryan and Carol
John Knox Morita-Torcivia
AmTrust Financial
Bill Lenz
ATF, Inc. Spirit of Exmoor ($500)
Sean Mansfield
Bespoke Commercial Jane and Mark Williams
Real Estate Mike Mergener
Echo Global Logistics Mike Murlas
Ekenberg & Ekenberg, P.C. Jack Murphy *Includes all contributions and support
committed as of May 10, 2022.
JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) Jimmy Murphy
Scott and Nora Murray John Murray
The Northern Trust Company Steve Murray
Union Tank Car Company Steve Pemberton
Wintrust Bank/Lake Forest Steve Potter
Bank & Trust Bob Saliba
Zaheer Sardar
Friends of Exmoor ($5,000+)
Rob Satzger —
28 Mile Distilling Co. Citadel Securities (4)
Steve Alley Owen Schnaper
Bob Bates Danny Schweller
Drew Beres Bob Sierens
Mark Bischoff Tod Skarecky
David Blowers Eric Smith
Matt Brown Brian Soper
Joe Burger Mark Stec
Bob Crawford Dave Tolmie
Tommy Dee David Trandel
Suzanne Dennis Tommy Van Vuren
Dan Dohnalek David Vermylen
Jim Dowd Rick Waddell
Justin Foley Pete Walsh
Steve Golan Patrick Winters
Pat Gorand Greg Zeeman

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supporting the Championship and the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers

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Championships since 1899, scholarships since 1930

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of past champions reads like a “Who’s Invitational presented by Old National
In addition to the Western Amateur, Who” of American golf, including Jack Bank, which made its debut on the
the WGA conducts the BMW Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Tour in 2019. The NV5 Invitational is a
Championship on the PGA TOUR, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and eight- showcase for golf ’s next generation of
the NV5 Invitational presented by Old time winner Chick Evans. stars. All three past champions of this
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the Western Junior and the Women’s THE BMW CHAMPIONSHIP this year, including 2019 winner Scottie
Western Golf Association’s Western Scheffler, who won The Masters in 2022
First held in 1899 as the Western Open,
Amateur and Western Junior. and reached No. 1 in the world. All
the BMW Championship is the second
proceeds from the event benefit the
More than 450 clubs in states of three PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff
Evans Scholars Foundation.
throughout the nation are members of events. The championship’s J.K. Wadley
the WGA. Since 1930, the WGA also Trophy has been engraved with the
has supported the nationally acclaimed names of nearly all of golf ’s greatest THE WESTERN JUNIOR
Evans Scholars Foundation, which legends, including Ben Hogan, Arnold Established in 1914, the Western Junior
administers the nation’s largest college Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Championship continues to draw the
scholarship program for caddies. Since 2007, the BMW Championship finest junior players from across the
The Foundation has provided college has raised more than $40 million for United States and the world. The
educations to more than 12,000 caddies. the Evans Scholars Foundation, the event has long served as a testing
event’s sole beneficiary. ground for the top players of the
future, including current PGA TOUR

The new home of the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation

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standouts Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, WOMEN’S WESTERN
Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler. JUNIOR
The tournament, the oldest national
The WGA partners with the WWGA
junior championship, is an invitational
to administer the Women’s Western
competition, with competitors ages 15
Junior, which was first held in 1920. The
to 19 and a handicap of three or less
championship features an outstanding
eligible to apply.
field of competitors, many of whom go
on to become top amateur and college
WOMEN’S WESTERN players. Notable past champions
AMATEUR include Cristie Kerr (1994), Grace Park
The WGA partners with the Women’s (1993) and Nancy Lopez (1972–74).
Western Golf Association to administer For more information,
the Women’s Western Amateur. Held visit
without interruption since 1901, this
event is one of the oldest annual
championships in women’s amateur
golf. The list of past champions
includes current stars and legends
of the LPGA Tour, including Ariya Marissa Wenzler, winner of the 2021 Women’s Western
Jutanugarn (2012), Stacy Lewis (2006), Amateur
Brittany Lang (2003), Grace Park (1998),
Cristie Kerr (1995) and Nancy Lopez

Our Championships Our Evans Scholars Program Funding
• In 2022, we are conducting six • 315 full tuition and housing awards • Nation’s largest scholarship program
of the nation’s most prestigious this year for golf caddies
golf championships
• 1,070 Evans Scholars enrolled at • More than 34,000 annual
• More than 345 championships held 21 universities for the 2021–22 Par Club members
for professional and amateur golfers academic year
• Program ambassadors include more
since our founding
• Evans Scholarship Houses at than 1,000 WGA Directors nationwide
• 70 top PGA TOUR players compete 17 universities
• More than $435 million in tuition and
in the BMW Championship
• Comprehensive selection criteria housing scholarships awarded
• 2,500 volunteers at our includes academics, financial need, all-time
championships caddie record and strong character
• Average total value of an Evans
and leadership
Scholarship is more than $125,000
• Campus leaders in academic and over four years
extracurricular activities
• Alumni have contributed more than
• Cumulative 3.4 GPA $188 million to the Program

• Graduation rate is 95 percent • $27 million in annual scholarship
costs for the 2021–22 academic year
• More than 11,550
Evans Scholars Alumni

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This past winter, a record 315 students
from across the country were awarded
the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious
full housing and tuition college grant
offered to golf caddies.
Each caddie has a unique story that
reflects the scholarship’s four selection
criteria: a strong caddie record,
excellent academics, demonstrated
financial need and outstanding
character. Recipients were interviewed
at one of more than 20 selection
meetings across the country, from
November through March.
They will begin college as Evans
Scholars this Fall, attending one of 22
leading universities across the nation.
There are 1,070 Evans Scholars in school.
The Evans Scholarship is valued at
more than $125,000 over four years. The Western Golf Association, are members of the Evans Scholars Par
headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni
“These young men and women are part
supported the Chick Evans Scholarship donate more than $17 million annually,
of an exceptional incoming class of New
Program through the Evans Scholars and all proceeds from the BMW
Scholars from around the nation,” said
Foundation since 1930. Known as one of Championship, the penultimate PGA
WGA Chairman Joe Desch. “They
golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s
represent what the Evans Scholars
largest scholarship program for caddies. FedExCup competition, are donated to
Program has been about since 1930.”
the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2022,
Currently, a record 1,070 caddies are
the BMW Championship will be held
enrolled at 21 universities across the
at Wilmington Country Club in
nation as Evans Scholars, and more
Wilmington, Delaware, from Aug. 16–21.
than 11,500 caddies have graduated as
Evans Scholars since the program was To learn more about the WGA and ESF,
founded by famed Chicago amateur visit
golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
“These young students have each shown
excellence in the classroom, in their
communities and on the golf course,”
said WGA President and CEO John
Kaczkowski. “We are proud to welcome
them to the Evans Scholars family.”

The support of local golf and country
clubs and partnering golf associations
has been an integral part of the success
of the Evans Scholars Program.
Scholarship funds come mostly
from contributions by nearly 35,000
supporters across the country, who
A caddie on the green Evans Scholars living in community

2022 Western Amateur Championship Introduction 19

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Scholarship Fund

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund provides access to high-quality education through
four-year high school scholarships and programming support to motivated Chicago

area students. DMSF seeks to make a life-altering difference in the lives of its Scholars
by providing them with the best opportunity to succeed in high school and college.

Each summer, up to 140 Scholars participate in the DMSF Caddie Program. Murphy
Scholar Caddies are assigned a local country club for the duration of the summer where
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ries and learn independence and self-reliance. By caddying for three summers, Murphy
Scholars become eligible to apply for the prestigious WGA Chick Evans Scholarship.

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Caddies from Caddie Program Chick Evans Average cost
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who earned the to Murphy Scholar in DMSF
Chick Evans Caddies since the Summer Caddie
program’s inception Program

Exmoor Country Club
Evans Scholars Alumni and Scholars

John Brugioni Abbe Risdon
Northwestern University 1972 Marquette University 2007
Paul Caldarelli David Reyes
University of Wisconsin 1973 University of Illinois 2009
David Sirotti Jeffrey Goworowski
Purdue University 1973 Northern Illinois University 2011
Paul Mocogni Ajiboye Olayemi
University of Illinois 1974 University of Illinois 2012
Eugene Coppi Edward Reyes
Purdue University 1976 Northern Illinois University 2012
Steven Menoni Marcin Michniowski
University of Illinois 1976 University of Illinois 2013
Stephen Mocogni Steven Hernandez
University of Illinois 1976 University of Illinois 2015
Robert Baracani Franklyn Ndubuisi-Obi
University of Wisconsin 1979 Northwestern University 2017
Exmoor Country Club is proud to have
Vitantonio Patruno Brian Lopez
had 64 of its caddies graduate from Marquette University 1979 University of Illinois 2018
college as Evans Scholars and 14 James Fox Patrick Adams
Michigan State University 1980 University of Illinois 2019
caddies currently enrolled in college
Lawrence Silbart Daniel Arias
as Evans Scholars. University of Michigan 1980 University of Illinois 2020
Louis Ori Jair Rojas
Name University of Illinois 1981 Northwestern University 2020
University Grad Year Robert Schramm Kyrie Agee
Michigan State University 1981 University of Illinois 2021
ALUMNI Paul Mazzetta Alejandro Roman
Aswald Saielli University of Illinois 1983 Miami University 2021
Northwestern University 1936 Mark Sheffer Steven Zakuta
Peter Trucano Marquette University 1983 Northwestern University 2021
Northwestern University 1940 Charles Lens
Lawrence Lanzl Marquette University 1984 SCHOLARS
Northwestern University 1943 Peter Giarelli
Paul Svendsen Marquette University 1986 Nala Bishop
Northwestern University 1947 Thomas Vislisel Northwestern University 2023
Francis Fiore Indiana University 1987 Chris Cizek
Northwestern University 1951 David Picchietti University of Minnesota 2023
Edward Bernardi Northern Illinois University 1989 Dani Jackson
Northwestern University 1952 David Urban Purdue University 2023
Theodore Pasquesi Northwestern University 1990 Elizabeth Rodriguez
Northwestern University 1952 Robert Bouchard University of Notre Dame 2023
John Petik Purdue University 1994 Karen Ayala-Hernandez
Loyola University Chicago 1953 William Diaz Marquette University 2024
Joseph Petik Northern Illinois University 1994 Ashley Garmon
Loyola University Chicago 1953 Marcus Kupferschmidt University of Missouri 2024
Roland Zagnoli Northwestern University 1999 Zab Green
University of Michigan 1955 Odalo Ohiku Marquette University 2024
Rollin Benson Marquette University 1999 Aldo Malaquias Cabrera
University of Wisconsin 1958 Michael Saladino University of Chicago 2024
Andre DuChateau University of Illinois 1999 Kyle Connors
University of Illinois 1958 Moses Amidei University of Notre Dame 2025
Robert Giannasi Northern Illinois University 2000 Erick De La Cruz
University of Wisconsin 1961 Michael Bernardi University of Illinois 2025
John Fox Northern Illinois University 2003 Jalen Meriweather
University of Illinois 1964 Richard Whalen University of Wisconsin 2025
Dennis Giangiorgi Northern Illinois University 2003 Khya Morton
Marquette University 1966 Guillermo Estrada University of Notre Dame 2024
Jerry Nustra Northern Illinois University 2005 Julian Flores
Northwestern University 1966 Jarret Turbin University of Illinois 2026
Kenneth Hall University of Michigan 2005 Mac Nanberg
Marquette University 1968 Dionte Durham University of Illinois Chicago 2026
John Vanni University of Illinois 2007
University of Michigan 1970

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Off to College: Two Exmoor Evans Scholars

Nala Bishop their three children. Nala was doing When Chris started looking for a job
her part—building up her resume by during high school, caddying made
University serving as president of the senior sense. Money was tight, and he was
Class of 2023 class, playing volleyball and facing the prospect of taking on
maintaining a sterling GPA—but tremendous debt to continue his
Human sending her to college still would’ve education. Where else could he
Development in been a heavy burden. make money, get some exercise, and
Context (HDC)
potentially earn a college scholarship?
Caddying at Exmoor gave Nala the final
push she needed. Eventually, she was Exmoor Country Club was just down
awarded an Evans Scholarship to the street from his family’s home in
Northwestern University. Now she’s Highwood. Chris completed 220
NALA BISHOP studying Human Development in loops over five years at the club,
Nala Bishop had never heard of Context, with plans to someday start getting to know the course and its
caddying when a counselor at Cristo her own practice providing young generous members.
Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School people with holistic therapy. “He’s an outstanding young man who
approached her about joining the She can still remember the feeling of cares about his community,” Exmoor
WGA Caddie Academy, a program finding out she was an Evans Scholar. caddie manager Eddie Gonzalez said.
that provides caddie opportunities to “He’s well liked by his fellow caddies
under-resourced high school students. “All the hours that I put in at school, and helps with the training of the new
the sacrifices that I had to make, it just
“I was like, ‘I don’t know what a caddie all paid off,” she said. “I was just so, so caddies every season.”
is, but it sounds interesting,’” Nala said. happy that I got it. It meant the world Eventually, Chris earned a life-changing
“And then she told me that it would be to me and my family.” opportunity—an Evans Scholarship to
working toward a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota.
college. My ears immediately perked
up at that.” Chris Cizek “I’m incredibly grateful to the Exmoor
members for supporting the Evans
She ended up spending three University of Scholars Program,” Chris says.
summers traveling from her home in
Lawrenceville, Georgia, to the Chicago Class of 2023 Chris is studying Fisheries, Wildlife and
suburbs, where she caddied at Exmoor Major: Conservation Biology at Minnesota. He
Country Club. Nala completed 120 Conservation plans to become a wildlife manager with
Biology the Department of Natural Resources
loops around the historic golf course
after graduation. In his spare time, he
during her time with the Caddie
Academy, learning about the game has the flexibility to pursue interesting
internships and participate in the ski
and building lasting relationships
with the members. and snowboard clubs.
“She’s an outstanding young woman,” CHRIS CIZEK
said Exmoor caddie manager Eddie Chris Cizek describes his background
Gonzalez. “She was quiet in the as “blue collar.”
caddyshack, but I could tell how
His father was a heating and air
smart she is by our conversations
conditioning repairman for 15 years
about how she wants to help kids
before he joined the city of Highland
like herself in the future.”
Park as a water treatment plant operator.
While she was caddying, Nala was also He had one grandfather who worked as
working her way toward college. Back a mechanic for 50 years, and another
in Georgia, her parents were doing who was a carpenter for almost as long.
everything they could to provide for

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Tradition-Rich Western Amateur
Showcases Golf’s Future Stars

When Tiger Woods won the Western Danny Lee (2008 champion), Ryan remained through 2008. The Point
Amateur in 1994, he called the event Moore (2004 champion), Doug Ghim O’ Woods era produced such champions
“the Masters of amateur golf.” (2014 medalist), C.T. Pan (2009 and 2010 as Woods, Mickelson, Sutton, Strange
medalist) and Camilo Villegas and and Crenshaw.
It’s an apt description.
Kevin Stadler (2002 co-medalists).
Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur The Western Amateur returned to
Early in its history, the Western Golf the Chicago area in 2009 when the
is the world’s third-oldest amateur event,
Association conducted the Western championship was conducted at
along with the British Amateur (1885)
Amateur at premier golf courses in the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest,
and the U.S. Amateur (1895). In addition
Chicago area. The tournament soon site of the 2017 BMW Championship,
to the purity of its golf tradition, the
began moving to revered courses around also conducted by the WGA.
Western Amateur continues to attract
the country while regularly rotating
the best amateurs in the world and No matter where it’s played, the
back to the Chicago area.
showcases their skills in a format Western Amateur brings with it a
widely viewed as the most demanding In 1971, the Western Amateur moved to peerless tradition and unparalleled
in the game. Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in competition.
Benton Harbor, Michigan, an esteemed
Western Amateur champions have gone
Robert Trent Jones course, where it
on to win 54 major championships, with
Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) and Tiger
Woods (15 majors) leading the way.
Other Western Amateur champions
who went on to win majors span the
20th Century, from H.C. Egan in 1902
(four U.S. Opens) to Charles “Chick”
Evans in 1909 (U.S. Open) to Nicklaus in
1961 to Phil Mickelson in 1991 (six majors,
including the 2021 PGA Championship)
and Woods in 1994. Evans, Nicklaus and
Woods are the only three golfers to have
won the Western Amateur, Western
Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open.
Francis Ouimet (1917), Tommy Aaron
(1960), Tom Weiskopf (1963), Lanny
Wadkins (1970), Ben Crenshaw (1973),
Curtis Strange (1974), Hal Sutton (1979–
80), and Justin Leonard (1992-93) are
other esteemed Western Amateur
champions who have gone on to
win professional majors.
In addition, the Western Amateur’s
72-hole stroke play medalists include
such major champions as the legendary
Bobby Jones (1920), Tom Kite (1970), Tom
Watson (1971), and Mark O’Meara (1980).
In recent years, a number of Western
Amateur champions and medalists have
From left to right. Row 1: 1904 Western Amateur Exmoor CC, Chick Evans, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus
made it to the PGA TOUR, including
Row 2: Phil Mickelson and Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson
Beau Hossler (2014 champion), Row 3: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas

2022 Western Amateur Championship Western Amateur Championship History 27

The Western Amateur Returns to
Exmoor Country Club

The 2022 Western Amateur is bringing
a decorated field of the world’s best
amateur golfers to historic Exmoor
Country Club in Highland Park
this week.
First held in 1899, the Western
Amateur features one of the deepest
and strongest fields in amateur golf, as
well as the game’s most grueling format.
It is the world’s third oldest amateur
championship, behind only the British
Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur
(1895), and attracts top-ranked players
from around the world. Past Western
Amateur champions include Jack View of the clubhouse from the18th hole
Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson,
Stranahan won the 1952 Western The Western Amateur’s combination of
Ben Crenshaw, Justin Leonard, Curtis
Amateur at Exmoor, and Chris Williams stroke play and match play competition
Strange and Chick Evans.
outlasted a field that included Abraham makes it one of the most demanding
With a history dating back to 1896, Ancer, Max Homa and Justin Thomas events in golf. The international field
Exmoor Country Club is one of the in 2012. of 156 players will compete in 72 holes of
most storied clubs in the greater stroke play over three days to determine
“Once again, Exmoor is prepared to put
Chicago area. It was one of 11 charter the “Sweet Sixteen” for match play.
the best amateur players in the world to
clubs that established the Western Golf
the test,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA That group represents the best players
Association in 1899. Since 1903, the club
senior vice president of tournaments. in amateur golf. The collective
has hosted 18 national championships.
“We’re honored to bring the Western accomplishments of the Western
That includes three Western Amateurs, Amateur back to a club that has been Amateur’s Sweet Sixteen include 14
starting with the 1904 championship the site of so many incredible moments PGA TOUR wins during the 2019–20
won by H. Chandler Egan. Frank in the history of this championship.” season, 27 major championships since
2000 and 18 PGA TOUR Player of the
Year Awards since 1990.
In addition to playing a role in the
founding of the WGA, Exmoor Country
Club has been a committed supporter
of the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Established in 1930 by Chick Evans
and the WGA, the Foundation has
awarded full tuition and housing
college scholarships to more than
12,000 caddies, including 1,070 students
who are currently in school.
Seventy-eight of those recipients
caddied at Exmoor Country Club,
including 14 Evans Scholars attending
leading universities nationwide
this year.
Overview of the 11th hole

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Western Amateur’s George R.Thorne Trophy

Mr. Thorne, president of Montgomery
Ward and Company, founded
Midlothian Country Club in 1898. A
year later, the club became one of the
original 11 member clubs of the WGA.
Mr. Thorne was so delighted by the
success of the first Western Amateur,
he donated $500 to buy the Western
Amateur trophy that today still carries
his name.
The trophy has a particular history with
Exmoor, having survived the 1904 fire
A detailed shot of the previous champions’engraved names
that destroyed much of the clubhouse. on the George R.Thorne Trophy
As the early morning fire raged through
George R. Thorne
the structure, club Superintendent
The George R. Thorne trophy is Edward C. Welch re-entered the
presented each year to the Western building to rescue the sterling silver
Amateur champion. On the base of the trophy, on display for the Western
trophy are plates with the names of all Amateur Championship to be held
previous champions, and the newest later in the week.
champion’s name is added after the
Without this courageous act, future
championship is concluded. The trophy
Western Amateur winners such as
is permanently displayed at Western
Chandler Egan (who went on to win the
Golf Association headquarters in
1904 tournament, still held at Exmoor),
Glenview, Illinois. The champion
Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods, would
receives a second trophy for his
not have had the opportunity to hold
permanent possession.
and raise this beautiful trophy in their
The trophy honors George R. Thorne, championship moments.
the WGA’s first treasurer in 1899 and the
WGA’s second president in 1900–1901.

WINNERS, 2021–1899 2015 20 holes 2007 1 up
Year Score Dawson Armstrong Aaron Wise Jhared Hack Alex Prugh
Winner Runner-up 2014 2 up 2006 2 and 1
Beau Hossler Xander Schauffele Bronson La’Cassie Pablo Martin
2021 4 and 3 2013 3 and 2 2005 3 and 2
Michael Thorbjornsen Gordon Sargent Jordan Niebrugge Sean Dale Jamie Lovemark Chris Wilson
2020 2 and 1 2012 1 up 2004 19 holes
Pierceson Coody RasmusNeergaard-Petersen Chris Williams Jordan Russell Ryan Moore James Nitties
2019 3 and 2 2011 1 up 2003 3 and 2
Garrett Rank Daniel Wetterich Ethan Tracy Patrick Cantlay Chris Botsford J.J. Jakovac
2018 1 up 2010 2 and 1 2002 6 and 5
Cole Hammer Davis Riley David Chung Gregor Main John Klauk Adam Rubinson
2017 22 holes 2009 3 and 2 2001 6 and 4
Norman Xiong Doc Redman John Hahn Zach Barlow Bubba Dickerson Trip Kuehne
2016 3 and 1 2008 4 and 2 2000 2 and 1
Dylan Meyer Sam Horsfield Danny Lee Erik Flores Michael Kirk Ben Curtis

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Past Winner Highlights

Since its founding in 1899, the Western
Amateur has tested the legends of the
game and served as a proving ground
for the future stars of golf. Twenty- Ryan Moore Justin Leonard
(2004) (1992–93)
three past Western Amateur champions
— including icons like Jack Nicklaus,
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson —
have won major championships.

Since the Western Amateur adopted
the format featuring 16 match play
qualifiers in 1956, 32 players advancing
to the Sweet Sixteen have won 80 Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson
major professional championships. (1994) (1991)

…continued from previous page 1983 2 up 1966 1 up
Billy Tuten Kent Kluba Jim Wiechers Ron Cerrudo
1999 2 and 1 1982 5 and 3 1965 19 holes
Steve Scott Andy Miller Rick Fehr Tommy Moore Bob Smith George Boutell
1998 1 up 1981 2 and 1 1964 3 and 2
Michael Henderson Shawn Koch Frank Fuhrer Curt Byrum Steve Oppermann Ed Updegraff
1997 19 holes 1980 4 and 3 1963 5 and 4
Danny Green Andy Miller Hal Sutton David Ogrin Tom Weiskopf Labron Harris Jr.
1996 2 and 1 1979 1 up 1962 1 up
Joel Kribel Brett Partidge Hal Sutton Mike Gove Art Hudnutt Melvin Stevens
1995 2 and 1 1978 2 up 1961 4 and 3
Patrick Lee Robert Floyd Bobby Clampett Mark Wiebe Jack Nicklaus James “Billy” Key
1994 2 and 1 1977 2 and 1 1960 Default
Tiger Woods Chris Riley Jim Nelford Rafael Alarcon Tommy Aaron Bob Cochran
1993 6 and 4 1976 3 and 1 1959 7 and 5
Justin Leonard Danny Green John Stark Mick Soli Ed Updegraff Charles Hunter Jr.
1992 2 up 1975 1 up 1958 3 and 2
Justin Leonard David Howser Andy Bean Randy Simmons James “Billy” Key Mason Rudolph
1991 2 and 1 1974 20 holes 1957 9 and 8
Phil Mickelson Justin Leonard Curtis Strange Jay Haas Ed Updegraff Joe Campbell
1990 4 and 2 1973 4 and 3 1956 6 and 4
Craig Kanada Greg Griffin Ben Crenshaw Jimmy Ellis Mason Rudolph Jack Parnell
1989 2 and 1 1972 1 up 1955 37 holes
David Sutherland Tony Mollica Gary Sanders Gil Morgan Eddie Merrins Hillman Robbins
1988 1 up 1971 1 up 1954 37 holes
Chris DiMarco Bill Lundeen Andy North Barney Thompson Bruce Cudd Philip Getchell
1987 3 and 2 1970 4 and 2 1953 8 and 6
Hugh Royer III Craig Perks Lanny Wadkins Charlie Borner Dale Morey Richard Norton
1986 3 and 1 1969 3 and 1 1952 3 and 2
Greg Parker Robert Huxtable Steve Melnyk Howard Twitty Frank Stranahan Harvie Ward
1985 1 up 1968 3 and 1 1951 7 and 6
Scott Verplank Dave Peege Rik Massengale Kemp Richardson Frank Stranahan James Blair III
1984 3 and 2 1967 3 and 1 1950 7 and 6
John Inman Rocco Mediate Bob Smith Marty Fleckman Charles Coe Robert Goldwater

32 Western Amateur Championship History Exmoor Country Club

Scott Verplank Ben Crenshaw Tom Weiskopf
(1985) (1973) (1963)

Hal Sutton Andy North Jack Nicklaus
(1979–80) (1971) (1961)

1949 5 and 4 1930 4 and 2 1913 4 and 3
Frank Stranahan Walter Cisco John Lehman Ira Couch Warren Wood E.P. Allis
1948 3 and 1 1929 37 holes 1912 1 up
Skee Riegel James T. McHale Don Moe Gilbert Carter Chick Evans Warren Wood
1947 1 up 1928 4 and 3 1911 8 and 7
Bud Ward Frank Stranahan Frank Dolp Gus Novotny Albert Seckel Robert Gardner
1946 1 up 1927 2 and 1 1910 2 and 1
Frank Stranahan Bud Ward Bon Stein Eddie Held Mason Phelps Chick Evans
1943–45 1926 6 and 5 1909 1 up
No tournament due to World War II Frank Dolp Bon Stein Chick Evans Albert Seckel
1942 7 and 6 1925 3 and 2 1908 6 and 5
Pat Abbott B. McCormick Keefe Carter Russell Martin Mason Phelps H.W. Allen
1941 3 and 2 1924 1 up 1907 5 and 4
Bud Ward Harry Todd Harrison R. Johnston Albert Seckel H. Chandler Egan Herbert Jones
1940 3 and 1 1923 6 and 4 1906 37 holes
Bud Ward George Victor Chick Evans W.H. Gardner Daniel Sawyer Warren Wood
1939 2 and 1 1922 5 and 4 1905 3 and 2
Harry Todd Larry Moller Chick Evans George Von Elm H. Chandler Egan Walter Egan
1938 1 up 1921 3 and 2 1904 6 and 5
Bob Babbish M. McCarthy Chick Evans Rudy Knepper H. Chandler Egan Daniel Sawyer
1937 1 up 1920 5 and 4 1903 1 up
Wilford Wehrle Chuck Kocsis Chick Evans Clarence Wolff Walter Egan H. Chandler Egan
1936 2 and 1 1919 2 and 1 1902 37 holes
Paul Leslie Bob Frazer Harry Legg R. Bockenkamp H. Chandler Egan Walter Egan
1935 5 and 3 1918 1901 6 and 5
Charles Yates Rodney Bliss No tournament due to World War I Phelps Hoyt Bruce Smith
1934 4 and 3 1917 1 up 1900 1 up
Zell Eaton Spec Goldman Francis Ouimet Ken Edwards William Waller William Holabird Jr.
1933 3 and 2 1916 7 and 6 1899 6 and 5
Jack Westland Rodney Bliss Heinrich Schmidt Douglas Grant David Forgan Walter Egan

1932 5 and 4 1915 7 and 6
Gus Moreland Ira Couch Chick Evans J.D. Standish Jr.
1931 9 and 7 1914 11 and 9
Don Moe M. McNaughton Chick Evans J.D. Standish Jr.

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2021 Western Amateur Recap
‘Thor’ joins elite company

Michael Thorbjornsen, of Wellesley,
Massachusetts, made quite a first
impression at the 119th Western
Amateur at Glen View Club.
In his debut performance, the 19-year-
old Stanford sophomore shot a course
record 62 in round two on his way
to earning medalist honors and,
eventually, the George R. Thorne
Trophy. Thorbjornsen beat Vanderbilt
freshman Gordon Sargent, of Michael Thorbjornsen putting during the final round of the 2021 Western Amateur
Birmingham, Alabama, 4 and 3 in the
a row to go 4 up with five holes Thorbjornsen flexed his muscle during
championship match on July 31, 2021.
remaining. They tied the next two stroke play. His 8-under 62 in the
He joined a collection of Western holes with pars to end the match. second round established the Glen
Amateur champions that includes View Club course record, and he
“I could kind of feel the momentum
Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and finished 13 under after 72 holes.
switch,” Thorbjornsen said. “But I had
Tiger Woods. Thorbjornsen is the first solo medalist
to remind myself that I was still leading.
to win the title since Norman Xiong
“I was not aware of the select company That birdie on 11 switched the
in 2017 at Skokie Country Club in
I’m in now,” said Thorbjornsen. momentum back in my favor.”
Glencoe, Illinois.
After Sargent strung together birdies at Thorbjornsen needed a late rally in
The 18-year-old Sargent, another
Nos. 9 and 10 to get 1 down, Thorbjornsen the morning to advance to the final.
Western Amateur first-timer, showcased
responded with a run of three birdies in He trailed North Carolina junior
his talent and potential all week. He
Austin Greaser, of Vandalia, Ohio, 1
shot 9 under during stroke play to take
down after Greaser holed out for birdie
seventh, carding 65 in the second round.
from a bunker on the par-3 14th. But
In the semifinals of match play, he
Thorbjornsen birdied No. 15 — the
defeated defending champion and
most difficult hole all week — and
Texas senior Pierceson Coody, of Plano,
followed with another at the 17th to
Texas, 1 up. At the time, Coody was the
take the lead for good.
No. 2-ranked player in the World
He carried that momentum over to Amateur Golf Rankings.
the final by winning four of the first
“There’s nothing negative I will take
six holes.
away from this week,” Sargent said. “So
“He was locked in early,” said Drew many positives. This is the best amateur
Cohen, his best friend and caddie. “I field and to be able to compete against
could tell something special was going these players gives me a lot of
to happen. Even though we had that confidence.”
big lead, we didn’t want to overlook
[Sargent] or get overconfident. But I
will say Michael is very intimidating
Michael Thorbjornsen with the to play against.”
George R. Thorne Trophy

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Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. and Exmoor

Wherever he played around the globe,
Evans was known for his Chicago roots.
He learned golf as a caddie at Chicago’s
Edgewater Club and was a member at
the Glen View Club. In his auto-
biography, the Chick Evans Golf Book
(1920), he recalls accepting membership
at Exmoor in 1909 and the thrill of
playing for the club’s victorious Marshall
Field Cup team of that same year.
Chick wrote: “Early that summer, I Exmoor’s victorious Marshall Field Cup team of 1909.
had been asked by several members of Top row (left to right): H. Chandler Egan, William Egan,
Walter Egan; bottom: Alden B. Swift and Chick Evans
Exmoor Country Club whether I would
like to join their club and those who resident and founder of Sears, Roebuck
know me may be certain that I did. I & Company) served as auctioneer.”
Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. (1890–1979) was soon admitted, and a little later I His most lasting achievement was
stands among the finest American was asked to play on the Exmoor team
establishing the Evans Scholars
amateur golfers. An Exmoor member for the Marshall Field Cup, permanent Foundation in 1930, which promotes
beginning in 1909, he was the first golfer possession of which was to be decided
the use of youth caddies and awards
to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur just prior to the Western Amateur.”
full tuition and housing college
titles in one year (1916). Evans won the
In 1939, Chick donated to Exmoor a scholarships to high-achieving caddies
U.S. Amateur again in 1920, finished
plaque featuring the head of a putter with limited financial means. More
runner-up three times, and competed in
imbedded in the plaque’s base. This was than 11,550 young men and women
a record 50 consecutive U.S. Amateurs.
the putter he used to rally the Exmoor have graduated from college as Evans
He claimed an amazing eight Western golf team to victory in the 1909 Marshall Scholars, and 1,070 are presently
Amateur titles (1909, 1912, 1914, 1915, Field Cup, a prominent inter-club event. enrolled in 21 leading universities
1920, 1921, 1922, 1923). His victory in the He also used the putter to win the 1909 nationwide.
Western Open as an amateur was a feat Western Amateur at age 19 and to win A member of the World Golf Hall of
not accomplished for 75 years until several other tournaments.
Fame, Evans received the Bobby Jones
Scott Verplank’s win in 1985.
Evans had a lasting relationship with Award in 1960, the highest honor given
Exmoor, authoring several articles by the United States Golf Association,
about the club over the years. in recognition of his distinguished
sportsmanship in golf.
Evans did more to support the nation’s
effort in World War I than any other
golfer. According to The Story of
American Golf: “He gave up every
weekend during the golfing seasons
to play exhibitions for the Red Cross
and other charities. In 1918, he
traveled 26,000 miles in the course of
performing in 41 different cities and
assisted in raising $300,000. The 200
members of the South Shore Country
Club contributed $35,000 to the Red
Cross the day Evans played their course,
Chick Evans (left) with two friends on the west and Julius Rosenwald (Highland Park
lawn of Exmoor, 1909 Chick’s 1909 putter plaque Marshall Field Trophy

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program since 2010. Eddie has played a caddie rounds increased from 8,000
key role in the development of caddies in 2019 to 12,000 in both 2020 and
who express a wish to qualify for an 2021, representing 55 percent of all
Evans Scholarship, and he has prepared rounds played.
many of them for the all-important Member Cyndi Millspaugh served on
Evans Scholarship application process. the Golf Committee for several years:
“Eddie cares deeply for each and every
Eddie says his philosophy is “to help Abraham Ancer chose Exmoor caddie Mauricio Medina to
caddie in his program and has been an
the caddies to take advantage of the help him reach the semifinals of the 2012 Western Amateur.
exemplary leader and mentor. He has
opportunities of being around golf,
the ability to connect with the wide and find the player’s ball. Caddies take
meeting successful people, learning
range of ages and personalities of our advantage of 12 hours of training, watch
from their stories, heeding their
caddies. Eddie does a beautiful job a video, and need to pass a written
advice, and planting the seed for
supporting so many programs such standard examination to become
their future success.
as Daniel Murphy, Evans Scholars, eligible to caddie.
“I teach the kids to be honest, Exmoor Foundation, and College Michael Combs, an Exmoor caddie for
responsible, self-aware, to have Bound Opportunities.” nine years and a senior at the University
discipline, to work hard, and above
Working with members, Gonzalez of Wisconsin, reflects the sentiments of
all, have a good attitude so they realize
developed a comprehensive guide that his fellow caddies: “Eddie (yes, the boys
they can do anything they want in life.
spells out caddie responsibilities, the call him Eddie) instills two major values
“I take pride in seeing the caddies grow, need to understand the golf course, in the caddies — timeliness and hard-
from when they are 13 or 14, and then by suggestions on what clothes to wear, work. If you did not want to be rele-
age 18, they are professionals. I like to and, among other subjects, a vital topic gated to the bottom of the list you had
get to know their families. Caddies for aspiring caddies — how to follow to show up for the lottery on-time.”

Each year Exmoor honors and thanks its caddies with a giant buffet lunch, all the cola they can drink, and ample prizes for all. Here in 2016 (left to right): Josue Gonzalez,
Golf Shop staff; Daniel Mendez, caddie; Eduardo Gonzalez, caddie manager; and Aron Mendez, caddie

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Tom Kearney, Exmoor member since it has given me my first job; and it has
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Western Amateur, received the 2021 thankful. Outside of my family, earning
Donald D. Johnson Lifetime the Scholarship is the best thing
Achievement Award from the Western that’s ever happened to me, and this
Golf Association for “exceptional recognition is the best I could ever hope
commitment and dedication to our for. I’m thankful for everyone at the
championships and scholarships,” as WGA and ESF who are working hard
announced by then-WGA Chairman every day to keep Chick’s dream alive.”
Kevin Buggy.
In 2021, Kearney generously gifted to
An Evans Scholar (University of Illinois, the club a bronze plaque honoring the
1968), Kearney became a WGA Director club’s caddies. Installed at the Golf
in 1990 and served as chairman of the Shop where caddies congregate for
scholarship committee from 2007–2013. their loops, the plaque was the idea of
He also worked the Western Junior and longtime member Barry Mitchell (1946–
Western Open as a volunteer Director 2020).
for nearly 30 years. In accepting the
award, Kearney said, “When people
ask me about the Evans Scholarship, Tom Kearney receiving the Donald D. Johnson Lifetime
Achievement Award from then-WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy
I tell them it has given me a family;
Bronze caddie plaque donated by Tom Kearney (left)

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WGA Presidents from Exmoor

In 1946, Theodore Butz conceived the
Bag Tag Program, which expanded
Evans Scholars Foundation support
among individual contributors. Jerome
Bowes initiated the Par Club in 1950,
which now includes more than 34,000
members who contribute annually,
including a high percentage of
Exmoor members. Benjamin F. Cummins Hobart P. Young

Bob Alsteen was the first Evans Scholar
alum to serve as president of the WGA.
Exmoor members have taken He began caddying at North Hills
leadership roles in the Western Country Club near Milwaukee at age 16,
Golf Association for many decades. when he earned $1.75 for nine holes and
Six Exmoor members have served $4.50 for 18 holes. Alsteen was awarded
as president or chairman of the an Evans Scholarship and graduated
WGA, more than any other club: from the University of Wisconsin in
1958. Successful in the commercial R. Arthur Wood Theodore C. Butz
Benjamin F. Cummins (1904)
printing business, he played a
Hobart P. Young (1926–27) significant role in funding the
establishment of the Evans Scholars
R. Arthur Wood (1932–33)
House at Northern Illinois University
Theodore C. Butz (1941–42) and has been instrumental in raising
more than $1.5 million for Evans
Jerome Bowes Jr. (1945)
Scholars over 40 years at an annual
Robert M. Alsteen (1992–93) event at West Bend Country Club.
Jerome Bowes Jr. Robert M. Alsteen

Twelve current Exmoor members serve as Directors of the WGA to advance the mission of the Evans Scholars Foundation.

• Robert Alsteen, Evans Scholar, • Thomas Kearney, Evans Scholar, • John Vitt, Evans Scholar,
University of Wisconsin, 1958. University of Illinois, 1968 Marquette University, 1973
Trustee, Evans Scholars Foundation
• Cynthia Millspaugh • Robert Walter, Evans Scholar,
and Past President, WGA, 1992–1993
University of Wisconsin, 1986
• James Murphy, Evans Scholar,
• Dwight Ekenberg
Marquette University, 1975 • Cynthia Willis, Director Emeritus
• Andrew Gooliak, Evans Scholar,
• Bill Rogers Jr. • Patricia Zeeman
Indiana University, 2007
• Robert Saliba

44 Chick, the Caddies and the Scholars Exmoor Country Club

Exmoor Members Who Are Evans Scholars Alumni
Fifteen Exmoor members earned an Evans Scholarship

Milt Newton Paul Binder
SCHOLAR REMEMBERS Northwestern University, 1949 (deceased) Indiana University, 1973 (deceased)
A crisp envelope arrived in the mail Edward Bernardi John Vitt
to the home at 296 Western Avenue in Northwestern University, 1952 Marquette University, 1973
Highwood. Seeing the return address Robert Alsteen Bud Lowell
University of Wisconsin, 1958 University of Wisconsin, 1975
of the Western Golf Association, the
18-year-old recipient opened it slowly, Joe Kadleck James Murphy
Marquette University, 1958 Marquette University, 1975
his heart pounding. The letter was
Vern Brunner John Saliba
dated August 12, 1948, a day that would
University of Wisconsin, 1963 (deceased) University of Kansas, 1980
forever change the life of a young
Don Murphy Robert Walter
caddie at Exmoor Country Club.
Northwestern University, 1964 (deceased) University of Wisconsin, 1986
“Dear Ed,” the letter began, “I am Sandy Browe Andrew Gooliak
very happy to advise you that the Marquette University, 1965 (deceased) Indiana University, 2007
Scholarship Committee has favorably Tom Kearney
University of Illinois, 1968
considered your application for
scholarship aid from the Evans Scholars
Foundation. The Committee would like
to offer you a full tuition scholarship.”
After some details, the letter was
signed by John C. Keenan, executive
vice president of the WGA.
Ed Bernardi, a caddie for eight years at
Exmoor, had been selected for an Evans
Scholarship to attend Northwestern
University, where he graduated in 1952.
After playing minor league baseball,
he built a successful company in the
financial services field.

Bernardi tells his Evans story and the
impact it had on his life with passion Caddie Day 1966
and gratitude: “In 1924, Exmoor
Country Club offered my father, my “In 1948, very few of my Highwood whatsoever. Can you imagine the
‘Pa,’ a full-time job as a laborer on friends went to college; thoughts of impact the scholarship had on the
its hallowed fairways. An Italian becoming anything other than a family? The award was the fulfillment
immigrant, ‘Pa’ spent the next 47 years laborer or a servant were exceptions. of their American Dream. To have won
working at this great club. Exmoor The idea of going to college was the scholarship for them was one of the
became his church, his America. incomprehensible to most boys proudest moments of my life.
and non-existent for the girls.
“We lived just north of the second tee “The scholarship enabled me to attend
and in 1939, at the age of 10, I made my “However, thanks to Exmoor members one of the greatest universities in the
first ‘loop.’ I was an Exmoor caddie! like J.P. Bowes (founder of the Par Club) country. It was the key that opened
Over the next decade, I caddied, worked and Ted Butz, I was awarded an Evans doors to places undreamed of by my
on the grounds and in the clubhouse. Scholarship to Northwestern University. parents and me. The Northwestern
Exmoor was my first experience outside No one in my immediate family had experience was the foundation upon
the small immigrant community of more than a few years of schooling. My which I built much of my personal and
Highwood, Illinois. father had only four years of school, professional life.
and my mother had no schooling

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Exmoor Members Who Are Evans Scholars

caddie form the heart of this millions of boys just a few years older
entertaining book. It is a personal than ourselves. We were working!
account, but it also conveys themes In spite of war time restrictions, the
common to Exmoor caddies—and membership exhibited the height of
perhaps all caddies—about the value sophistication and elegance. For us,
of mentoring; about disappointment, being a member at Exmoor was the
friendship, and aspiration; and about pinnacle of success and being part of
honesty, perseverance, and the pathway this social environment, if only as a
to success. Permeating every page is servant, was inspiring.
Ed’s love for Exmoor Country Club
“Many members of the club became
and the role it has played in his life.”
role models. They gave us incredible
Bernardi wrote: “Because of opportunities, showed us a way to
background and family circumstances, become better men and gave us the
Exmoor was to be a most important material upon which to build dreams.
school of learning for many, many boys We were encouraged to believe dreams
Ed Bernardi with caddies on green growing up in the Highwood/Highland could become reality.”
Park area. The Exmoor experience
“At Northwestern I met two Evans taught us many of life’s important Bernardi wrote, too, about his
Scholars, Milt Newton, a business lessons and formed our first dreams of countrymen from Northern Italy who
partner for 25 years, and Ted Pasquesi, economic and social success. Through moved to Highwood and produced
a confidant and business partner for the caddying opportunity, we were several generations of Exmoor caddies:
nearly 50 years. These associations shown a way of living completely “Italian men and women from a 30-mile
would not have occurred except for foreign to most of us. A job at Exmoor square area located in the Apennines
the Evans connection. I developed life- was perhaps our first big step out of just north of Florence began their
long friendships—associations that our immigrant mindset. immigration out of Italy in the mid-
continue today. 1890s. Along with many from other
“We were introduced to a lifestyle parts of Italy, a great number of these
“My wife, Mary, and I became members completely foreign; we met people men were recruited to work in the coal
of Exmoor in 1978. We met, socialized, who were to become demigods for mines of Colorado, Texas, Missouri
and became good friends with many those of us holding nebulous dreams and Illinois.
Exmoor members, including a number of success. The Exmoor experience
of Evans Scholar alumni. I served on helped demonstrate, first hand, that “Around 1900, the first of these Italian
the Exmoor Board of Governors for a we could hope for something better. immigrants escaped the poverty and
number of years, and now this old Exmoor, in many ways, became our hell of the coal mines and found their
caddie is a veteran member of this most important schooling venue way to a place called Highwood, Illinois.
great club. during our formative years. It was the beginning of an exodus from
the deep coal pits of a forlorn America
“All of this thanks to the game of “The Second World War dominated and to the riches of Chicago’s North Shore.
golf, Exmoor Country Club, and the greatly affected our lives. Many young Early on, men like those of the Saielli,
Western Golf Association. Thank you, men, caddies a few months before, Bertucci, Fiocchi, Bernardini, Pasquesi,
Exmoor. Thank you, Western Golf. went off to fight and die in unknown, and Dinelli families found work as
Thank you ‘Pa.’” forsaken places. Those of us who were grounds laborers at local private golf
too young for the draft were left with courses. These families went on to
The Bernardi Book:
the spoils. At a very young age we were produce amateur golf champions,
“Of Long-Ago Caddies …”
given the opportunity to work as head greenskeepers, and head golf
In 2013, Ed Bernardi wrote a book about
caddies, bar boys and as laborers on professionals at some of the finest of
his caddie experiences at Exmoor. In
the course. We gave little thought to private country clubs in the area,
the preface, Exmoor President Dwight
the tragedies and hardships endured by including Old Elm (as early as 1915),
Ekenberg wrote: “Ed’s experiences as a

46 Chick, the Caddies and the Scholars Exmoor Country Club

Knollwood, Exmoor, Skokie, Indian brother-in-law, Roberto Saielli, worked provide high school scholarships to
Hill, Lake Shore, and others. at a place called Old Elm Club where, economically disadvantaged students
since 1916, the greenskeeper was his who exhibit academic excellence,
“A few months later, my father, along
own brother-in-law, Adelmo Bertucci. leadership skills, and strong character.
with his uncle, made the long trip
Roberto also had a brother who, since
from the hunger and poverty of the The DMSF offers between 75 and 100
1916, had been working at a place called
Tuscan/Modenese Apennines for the new scholarships each year to eighth
Exmoor Country Club. My father was
promises of the dirty coal pits of west grade students to attend 80 different
in seventh heaven; as soon as he arrived
central Texas. As soon as he arrived in schools in the Chicago area and
in Highwood, he had his choice of a
Texas, my aunt began begging my boarding schools in other states. Today,
summer job at Exmoor or Old Elm,
father, Nello: “Leave the mines and approximately 480 Murphy Scholars
and he chose Exmoor.”
come to Highwood.” She was sure he are enrolled in partner schools.
could find a job at something called
Since the program’s inception, more
“un clobbo di golfo.”
than 3,000 scholarships have been
“In early April of 1922, taking a few awarded to qualified and motivated
clothes, a new leather wallet containing eighth grade students. Exmoor has
a few dollars, and with lungs already DANIEL MURPHY been one of six North Shore clubs to
dusted with the fine soot of those mines, SCHOLARSHIP FUND host participants in the organization’s
my father left his uncle, the bar room In 1989, two Exmoor members, brothers main fundraising event, the DMSF
philosophers, the Texas tumbleweed, Robert M. Murphy and James K. Golf Classic, held each June.
and snakes and took the long five-day Murphy, along with a group of area
train ride to Highwood. His new businessmen, founded a program to

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