Seattle Caddie Academy participants

The WGA Caddie Academy features a structured program centered on four major components – caddying, academic development, community involvement and personal growth.

While participants learn a lot on the golf course, we develop leaders by providing experiences that go well beyond classroom learning. Caddie Academy participants have access to golf lessons, a leadership speaker series, seminars on subjects like financial literacy and media, health and wellness demonstrations and special field trips.

A typical day

6 a.m.

Participants wake up at 6 a.m. (or another time if their club has a tournament or event that requires a specific arrival time). Participants dress in their caddie uniforms and eat a continental breakfast of fruit, cereal, juice and breakfast bars.

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6:45 a.m.

Counselors drive participants to their respective clubs in the WGA vans and drop them off at the assigned caddie area.

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Morning / Afternoon

Participants caddie at their clubs. When all participants at the club are finished caddying, they call or text the counselor, who drives a van to pick them up. If they did not eat lunch during the round or did not get a loop, they eat lunch at the halfway house while waiting for the counselor to arrive.

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4 p.m.

Everyone returns to campus for free time. If participants choose to leave campus, they are required to receive permission from a counselor and sign out. Participants cannot leave alone and should always travel in groups or with a counselor.

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5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Participants and counselors eat dinner together in the dining hall. Dinner is cafeteria-style, with a wide range of food options. Information on which foods are vegetarian, gluten-free or contain common food allergens is provided. After dinner, everyone completes their daily chores and is welcome to participate in group or individual activities.

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10 p.m.

Participants are in their rooms with lights out. Counselors do a security check to make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

The application is available starting January 1. All applications and supporting documents should be completed and submitted by March 1.

When will I know if I was accepted?

The WGA Caddie Academy Committee will notify all applicants of a decision by April 15.

What are the eligibility requirements?

All applicants must currently be in their freshman year of high school and exhibit character and leadership, academic success, financial need and the inability to caddie based on geographic location.

How long is the program?

The program runs for seven weeks from mid-June through early August.

How much does it cost?

The program is free for all participants, and participants keep the money they earn from caddying.

Where do I live for the 7 weeks?

  • Chicago Boys Program: Northwestern University Evans Scholarship House in Evanston, Illinois
  • Chicago Girls Program: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Eastern Caddie Academy: Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Minnesota Caddie Academy: University of Minnesota Evans Scholarship House in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Seattle Caddie Academy: University of Washington Evans Scholarship House in Seattle, Washington

How many days a week do I caddie?

Participants are expected to caddie six days a week, including weekends. Most clubs are closed on Mondays. There will be some Monday outings that the participants will caddie in as well.

Do Caddie Academy participants make money?

Yes. The amount of money each participant makes varies, but you keep all your earnings from the summer.

What do I need to bring?

All invited participants will receive a suggested packing list prior to the start of the program.

What is the Evans Scholarship?

The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. Caddie Academy participants who complete three summers in the program are eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship.

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Interested in the WGA Caddie Academy?