Don't let the movie Caddyshack fool you, many of the young people out there toting bags and offering advice to golfers are quite serious about what they are doing and where they are going.
Last week, Boulder resident Sarah Baines, a senior at Fairview High School and a caddy at Boulder Country Club, was awarded the Western Golf Association's Chick Evans Scholarship for caddies. With the scholarship, which covers full tuition and housing and may be renewed up to four years, she will be able to attend the University of Colorado.
The Western Golf Association's Chick Evans Scholarship for caddies was started by Charles "Chick" Evans Jr, who learned the game as a caddie and went on to become the first golfer to win the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open in the same year in 1916. The first two Evans Scholars enrolled in Northwestern University in 1930.
The scholarship committee selects the winners based on four criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. The full tuition and housing college scholarship is valued at an estimated $80,000 over four years.
Baines was one of eleven Colorado seniors to be awarded the scholarship this year.
"Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that these young men and women have earned this life-changing opportunity," WGS president and CEO John Kaczkowski said in a statement. "We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family."