Charles Evans Jr.
Charles E. “Chick” Evans, Jr., born on July 18, 1890 in Indianapolis, Indiana was a notable amateur golfer in the United States. In his long career, he was able to compete in 50 U.S. Amateur tournaments. He was exposed to golf when he was accepted as a caddied at the Edgewater Golf Club in Chicago where he grew up.
Chick made a remarkable achievement when he won both U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur tournaments in 1916. He was one of the very few who made this kind of success in the same year. He then continued to compete and won in more U.S. Amateur tournaments by 1920. Because of his continued victories, Chick was selected as one of the members in the Walker Cup team 1922, 1924 and 1928.
In 1930, one of his biggest dreams came true wherein his desire to support caddies with their college was possible through the Evans Scholars Foundation. He was offered an amount in dollars as royalties for his win in 1916. He put up this foundation instead of receiving the money for himself, which would have destroyed his career. His first two scholars were Harold Fink and Jim McGinnis. The organization is still considered to be one of the largest sports scholar institutions in the United States to this date.
In his senior years, Chick still continued to compete in senior tournaments and U.S. Amateurs. He retired after his last rounds in golf in 1967. He still continued to attend as a spectator in golf events after his retirement. Chick died when he was 89 years old in 1979.