You don't need a low handicap to earn a golf scholarship.
In fact, you can make all the bogeys and double bogeys you want over 18 holes.
It's nice to know you can carry someone's clubs around a golf course, never hit a shot yourself and earn valuable financial help for your college education.
The Evans Scholars Foundation will award 69 full tuition and housing scholarships in Illinois for the 2000-01 academic year.
The scholarship caddies at high schools in this Daily Herald circulation area are Jason Biggs of Leyden, who caddies at River Forest Country Club and will attend Northern Illinois; Mark Dominguez, also of Leyden who caddies at River Forest and will attend Illinois; Alexander Hickey of Mundelein (The Ivanoe Club and Indiana University); and Matthew Zahringer of Stevenson (Northmoor C.C. and the University of Wisconsin).
All of the Scholars are golf caddies who earned scholarships based on four criteria: caddie record, academic record, financial need and character.
Funds for the scholarships, named for famed amateur golfer Charles 'Chick' Evans, Jr., come mostly from contributions by more than 100,000 golfers who annually donate more than $5 million to the Foundation.
The scholarship program is also supported by 23 affiliated golf associations and from proceeds generated by the Western Open at Cog Hill.
Evans Scholars Alumni also donate over $1 million annually.
Jean Walker tribute
Jean Walker, who is retiring as a health teacher and girls athletic director at Prospect High School, will be honored by her friends at a luncheon on Sunday, May 21.
The tribute is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at The Wellington of Arlington, 2121 S. Arlington Heights Road.
Any former students, athletes, coaches or teachers at Prospect or friends of Walker from the high school community who would like to attend the tribute are encouraged to contact Sandy Pifer at Prospect for information.
Pifer can be contacted by e-mail at spifer@@dist214.k12.il.us or at the school - (847) 718-5200.
Walker is one of the legendary figures in the history of Illinois high school girls sports.
She has worked at Prospect since 1968 and was the school's long- time varsity girls basketball and tennis coach. She coached every sport in the early years.
Walker, who is in the Illinois Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, also managed the IHSA girls tennis tourney for 22 years.
She was named Northwest Community Hospital Sportsman of the Year in 1996.
In April of 1999, Walker was the Illinois winner of the national Pathfinder Award for dedication to the enhancement of girls' experiences in sports and was honored in Boston.
Last January, she was inducted into the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Because of Walker's status in the area and state, the event organizers hope for early responses to help in the planning.
Kevin Ibach (Hersey) of LaSalle enjoyed a big day in a major league park, going 2-for-3 with a double against St. Joseph's in the Liberty Bell Classic at the Phillies' Veterans Stadium. The senior shortstop also had an impressive weekend with 6 hits in Atlantic 10 Conference play and helping turn 7 double plays in three games. He is on a 5-game hitting streak after having a recent 10-game streak.
- Nick Albu (Rolling Meadows), a sophomore left-hander at Eastern Illinois University, collected his first college win in an Ohio Valley Conference game with Murray State. Albu has made 7 pitching appearances this year and is 1-1.
- Senior Rob Pomazak (Rolling Meadows) had 15 hits in North Central's first 12 games for a .366 average. He also stole 6 bases.
- R.J. Cropper (Conant) of Carthage has a 2-0 pitching record and 9 hits in 25 at bats as a right fielder/first baseman.
- Scott Abercrombie (Mundelein) was 4-0 after 33.2 innings as a pitcher with the University of Indianapolis.
Megan Kuebler (Buffalo Grove) of the University of Missouri-St. Louis posted a 5-2 pitching decision over Lewis University as her team swept a doubleheader. Lewis was 17-1 heading into the action and rated as the top team in the Great Lakes Region.
Daryl Schaffeld (Fremd) of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's career 3-point leader, hit four 3-pointers against Cleveland State in her final college game.
- Jimmy Roberts (Lake Zurich) closed out his Northern Michigan University playing days with 531 career points.
- Todd Bergmann (Conant) of Eastern Illinois University stepped into the starting lineup midway through the year at power forward and earned the team's most improved award.
- Freshman John Camardella (Hersey) earned a varsity letter at Illinois Wesleyan. He played in 17 varsity games and had a high of 12 points against North Central. He averaged 18.2 in five JV games.
Sophomore Bethany Jost (Libertyville) of Truman State earned All-American status when she helped her 200 medley relay finish third in the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
- Tim Weidner (Prospect) of Valparaiso University was named to the GTE Academic All-District V first team and is now eligible for national honors. He has a 3.8 grade point average in the College of Engineering. Weidner was a first-team all-Mid-Continent selection and conference champ in the 50-meter freestyle. He holds seven school records.
Junior Carly Wells (Hersey) of Northwestern finished fifth in the sabre division in the NCAA Fencing Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. Wells, a second-team All-American, finished her season with a 100-21 overall record.
Track and field
Courtney Munz (Prospect) ran an impressive leg on the Hope College (Holland, Mich.) 4x400 meter relay that had its best outdoor performance at 4:09.62.
Sabrina Ashton (Hoffman Estates), team captain at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was the national floor champion (19.475) and sixth on beam at the NCGA Championships in Springfield, Mass. She broke the school floor record and also had titles in the NCGA West Region and conference championships.
Men's baseball tryouts
Tryouts will be held in April for any men who are between the ages of 18 and 40 and are interested in playing with a Chicago area team this summer.
For additional information, call (847) 776-7563 or (773) 625- 2617.
Elk Grove Legion
Any baseball players from the Elk Grove and Conant attendance areas who are interested in more information on the new Elk Grove American Legion team should contact Joe De Rosa at (847) 358- 1784. The fax is identical to the phone number.
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