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La Salle Prep senior Trey Norton earns a Chick Evans scholarship


Dedication as a caddie and in the classroom will pay for Nortons education at OSU

by: STONE CREEK GOLF CLUB - Trey NortonSummers spent caddying at Stone Creek Golf Club and dedication in the classroom have paid dividends for La Salle Prep senior Trey Norton.

Norton, who lives in Happy Valley, is among eight high school seniors from Oregon named recently as recipients of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. The scholarship will cover full tuition and housing for Norton four years at Oregon State University.

Chick Evans scholarship recipients are high school seniors who have worked as golf caddies on a regulation basis while attending high school. Selection criteria include: a strong caddie record, academic excellence, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need.

A 3.4 student at La Salle, Norton plans an engineering major at OSU.

Stone Creek Golf Club sponsored Norton’s nomination for the scholarship.

“Trey has done an outstanding job at Stone Creek, caddying, and working in the cart barn when he has time,” said Ted Westling, director of instruction at Stone Creek.

Although he received the scholarship because of his caddying, Norton plays baseball, instead of golf, in the spring. And he excels as a pitcher for his high school baseball team.

Selected a first-team Tri-Valley Conference all-star as a junior, Norton was in form in La Salle’s first baseball game of the 2013 season, throwing a 4-hitter in a 4-0 shutout of Scappoose, striking out nine and walking one.

Other seniors awarded Chick Evans Scholarships this spring include: Kevin Johnson, North Bend High School, OSU; Claire Ledig, Bandon High School, OSU; Frances Merriam, Bandon High School, OSU; Nathan Petrie, North Bend High School, OSU; Hannah Rice, Madison High School, University of Oregon; Isaiah Truong, Madison High School, U of O; and YuanSheng Song, Cleveland High School, U of O.

Norton is only the second caddie from Stone Creek to receive the Chick Evans scholarship. Oregon City High School graduate Jess Hodder was a Chick Evans scholarship winner in 2004.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Ill., has overseen the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. It is among the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship programs.

In Oregon, the Oregon Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association co-sponsor the program with WGA. Recipients were chosen after individual candidate interviews.

“These young men and women have excelled in academics and in service to their schools and communities,” said John Kaczkowski, president and CEO of the WGA. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family and look forward to their continued success as college students.”

“The Evans Scholarship is truly a life-changing opportunity for the deserving young men and women who will now be able to realize their dream of earning a college education,” said Bill Ashenden, lead WGA Director in the state of Oregon.

Currently, 835 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, including ten at the University of Oregon and twenty at Oregon State University. More than 9,600 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars – including 195 from Oregon and 67 from Oregon State – since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr.

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 45,000 golfers across the country who are members of the WGA Evans Scholars Par Club. Evans Scholars alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to Evans Scholars.