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1985 : Charles "Chick" Evans

1985 Memorial Tournament Honoree

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Charles “Chick” Evans turned in one of the finest years in amateur golf in 1916, when he became the first man ever to take the nation’s two premier titles in the same year, the United States Open and Amateur Championships. In addition to that great season, he won a second National Amateur in 1920 and was runner up three other times. Among his other victories were eight Western Amateur titles, the 1910 Western Open, the 1911 North and South, and the 1911 French Amateur. He competed in a record 50 consecutive United States Amateur Championships, during the course of which he won 57 matches, more than any other player.

After his 1916 victories in the Open and Amateur, when Chick Evans decided to remain an amateur, he had the idea of using the money offered to him for making golf instructional phonograph records to establish scholarships for caddies. The Western Golf Association agreed to sponsor the plan, and so was born the Evans Scholars Foundation.