|— Golfer —|
Evans (right) with Robert A. Gardner (left),
finalists at the 1916 U.S. Amateur
|Full name||Charles E. Evans, Jr.|
July 18, 1890|
|Died||November 6, 1979
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
|Weight||158 lb (72 kg; 11.3 st)|
(m. 1927–67, her death)
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||51st: 1940|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1916|
|The Open Championship||T49: 1911|
|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 a leading amateur golfer of the 1910s and 1920s. Evans was the first amateur to win 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, Evans competed in a record 50 consecutive U.S. Amateurs in his long career. All this was achieved with only seven hickory-shafted clubs. In addition to his golf career, Evans is known for founding the Evans Scholarship, a college scholarship for qualified caddies.
In 1960, he 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.
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. From these beginnings, Evans became one of the most acclaimed American amateur golfers of his time, eventually earning induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975. The accomplishment that gave him the most contemporary publicity came in 1916, when Evans won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open in the same year. He was the first person to accomplish this task, and only Bobby Jones has done it since. Evans also won the Western Open in 1910, the only amateur to do so until Scott Verplank in 1985.
Into the 1960s, Evans was an active participant in senior tournaments. Even at his age, he was competing in the U.S. Amateur events, and eventually set 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. After his retirement, he continued to attend events as a spectator and converse with the fans and players. He died in 1979 at age 89. His wife, Esther, had died in 1967 after 40 years of marriage. They had no children.
The Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove, a north suburb of Chicago, is named in his honor.
Approaching the WGA
After his wins in 1916, Evans was given several thousand dollars in royalties for recording golf instructions for the Brunswick Record Company. In addition he received royalties from a golf book written in 1921. If he accepted this money, he would have lost his amateur status. Evans' mother suggested that he could put the money to good use by sponsoring a scholarship fund for caddies. Evans himself was unable to finish his matriculation at Northwestern University. Evans is quoted as saying: "My mother wouldn't think of accepting my money unless we could arrange it to be trusted to furnish educations for deserving qualified caddies." He also went on to say, "She 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 golf championships in the Midwest, to get their support for his scholarship. By 1930, the Evans Scholars Foundation had formed.
Forming the Evans Scholars Foundation
Evans' dream was finally made a reality in 1930, when two caddies by the name of Harold Fink and Jim McGinnis were named the first two Evans Scholars. Chick Evans' long friendship with Chicago tax attorney, Carleton Blunt, 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 these recipients were scholarship, fellowship and leadership. Since that time, over 9,800 caddies have become Evans Scholars and attained college educations. The scholarship program continues today as the largest scholarship organization in sports and the largest privately funded scholarship program in the United States.
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.
In addition to those universities at which houses exist, scholarship recipients attend several other universities around the country.
Tournament wins (22)
- 1907 Chicago Amateur, Western Junior, Western Interscholastic
- 1908 Chicago Amateur, Western Interscholastic
- 1909 Western Amateur
- 1910 Western Open
- 1911 French Amateur, North and South Amateur, Chicago Amateur
- 1912 Western Amateur
- 1914 Western Amateur, Chicago District Amateur
- 1915 Western Amateur
- 1916 U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur
- 1920 U.S. Amateur, Western Amateur
- 1921 Western Amateur
- 1922 Western Amateur
- 1923 Western Amateur
- 1925 Kansas City Open
Professional major championships
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1916||U.S. Open||3 shot lead||–2 (70-69-74-73=286)||2 strokes||Jock Hutchison|
Note: As an amateur, Evans was ineligible to play in the PGA Championship.
|U.S. Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||2 LA||18||1 LA||NT||NT||T9 LA|
|U.S. Open||T6 LA||4 LA||16||T14||T10||DNP||T13||CUT||CUT||DNP|
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
|1916||U.S. Amateur||4 & 3||Robert A. Gardner|
|1920||U.S. Amateur||7 & 6||Francis Ouimet|
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
- Source for 1911 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1911, pg. 186.
- Source for 1914 British Amateur: Golf Illustrated, July, 1914, pg. 28.
- Source for 1921 British Amateur: The American Golfer, June 4, 1921, pg. 24.
- Source for 1926 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1926, pg. 58.
- Source for 1946 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 30, 1946, pg. 2.
- Source for 1949 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 25, 1949, pg. 2.
- Source for 1950 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 23, 1950, pg. 9.
- Source for 1952 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1952, pg. 7.
- Source for 1953 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1953, pg. 4.
- Source for 1955 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 2, 1955, pg. 4.
- "Amateur golf star Chick Evans dies". Wilmington Morning Star. Associated Press. November 8, 1979. p. 7-D. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Chick Evans Biography". Western Golf Association. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- Evans, Charles (1921). "Chick Evans' Golf Book". Chicago: Reilly & Lee (for Thos E Wilson). Retrieved April 14, 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chick Evans.|
- USGA – Looking Back: 1916 U.S. Amateur at Merion
- World Golf Hall of Fame profile
- Official Site of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation
- Evans Scholarship Chapters