The Web.com Tour announced its new schedule for the 2019 season on Thursday, which includes a restructured playoff format mirroring the PGA Tour's three-event postseason. The circuit also added three new tournaments to the calendar, highlighted by the Evans Scholars Invitational, a competition which will directly aid caddies' college scholarships.
The event, run in conjunction with the Western Golf Association (the entity that operates the Evans Scholars Foundation), will be held the week of May 20-26 at the Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois. The new partnership calls for a four-year agreement to run through 2022.
“We’re very excited and pleased to be expanding our championship operations to include an annual event on the Web.com Tour,” said WGA chairman Frank Morley. “This new event will feature the future stars in golf, including many who have competed in our Western Junior and Western Amateur championships. Combined with our annual BMW Championship, this allows us to be a part of these players’ development throughout their competitive years.
“Our goal is to have 1,000 caddies in college in 2020. To reach that number and provide for future growth, we need to expand our fundraising opportunities. This event will help us do that, while also building further awareness of the WGA and our focus on championships and scholarships.”
The foundation, named in honor of Hall of Famer Chick Evans, has been around since 1930. It offers full tuition and housing opportunities to caddies across the United States. This school year, 985 students are enrolled at 18 different universities, with nearly 11,000 kids graduating through the program.