Zachary Janczak didn’t come from a golf family. They weren’t country clubbers or even weekend duffers. But a couple of years ago, a chat with a friend sparked an interest in becoming a caddie. …
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Zachary Janczak didn’t come from a golf family. They weren’t country clubbers or even weekend duffers. But a couple of years ago, a chat with a friend sparked an interest in becoming a caddie. Now, that summer job carrying clubs at Lakewood Country Club, is paying off in a gigantic way.
Janczak, 18, a recent graduate from Lakewood High School, has been awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship by the Western Golf Association (WGA).
He is one of 14 Colorado high school students to receive the scholarship this year. For Janczak, that means full tuition, room and board to study Finance at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Janczak says he’s loved his time on the course and will continue to caddie throughout the summer.
“Most of the players are already pretty good golfers. So, for the most part, our responsibility as a caddie is to make their experience as enjoyable as possible,” he said. “A lot of the members are really cool — great people to surround yourself with — very successful and kind and smart, so it’s really cool to work alongside those types of people and also just learn about golf.”
He said when he first found out the scholarship existed, he realized what an unbelievable opportunity it could be for his family.
“I saw how within two years, I could do it if I worked hard enough, so from there I really dedicated myself to it,” he said. “When we (his family) found out I got it, we were all ecstatic. It’s something that’s going to be totally life-changing in so many ways.”
Janczak also thinks his entrepreneurial spirit may have contributed to his being awarded the scholarship. He recently started an online business buying and selling sports trading cards and offering a subscription service to teach others the ropes in the trading card game.
He says he hopes a degree in finance will allow him to find success running an even larger company of his own in the future. In August, he’ll be off to Boulder, where he’ll be living in a house with other Evans Scholarship recipients.
Candidates for the scholarship had to demonstrate a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. According to the WGA, more than 11,320 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr.
“These deserving young students epitomize what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is inspiring, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”
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