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Brother RIce Tom Lange Chick Evans 2016

The Standard: Crusader Caddie Tom Lange Earns Prestigious Evans Scholarship

By: Aidan Raftery’16

Famed amateur golfer and Chicago native Charles “Chick” Evans established the Evans Scholarship program in 1930. “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.” Today, Evans’s legacy lives on in the more than ten thousand caddies who have earned the full scholarship through their scholarship, fellowship, and leadership.                            

One of the newest of these is Brother Rice senior Tom Lange, who has been caddying for the last four years at Beverly Country Club. And, judging by the exclusivity of the scholarship, he needed all four years. “It is very competitive, and I started working towards it during the summer after eighth grade. To qualify, you need to have a strong caddie record and an excellent academic record. You also need letters of recommendation from your caddie master, your school counselor, as well as two members from your sponsoring club. If you are a finalist, you will be interviewed by a committee from the Western Golf Association.” Besides the obvious financial benefits, caddying has helped him in other ways. “Caddying helped me learn what it means to work hard. It really helped me develop my social skills by making me converse with members. I love it!”                  

Lange also offered a glimpse into his future: “I will be going to Indiana University in Bloomington because the Kelley School of Business is one of the best undergraduate business schools in the country. I will be studying Information Systems because I want to work in business technology. Kelley is a perfect fit for me.”

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