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The Fix is in at WGA
John N. Fix, of Kenilworth, Ill., has been elected chairman of the Western Golf Association for 2008-09, WGA officials have announced. Fix, who succeeds Richard E. Peterson, of Park Ridge, Ill., joined the WGA Board of Directors in 1990 and has served as WGA vice chairman since 2006. From 1998-2006, he was chairman of the WGA Par Club, the main fund-raising program for the WGA- sponsored Chick Evans Caddie Scholarships.
"John has been an invaluable contributor to the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation," said WGA/ESF President and CEO Donald D. Johnson. "His leadership during the past decade as our Par Club chairman helped us increase contributions to meet the growing pressure of escalating tuition costs for the young men and women we send to college on Evans Scholarships. John's commitment and experience make him well-equipped to lead our organization as chairman the next two years."
Fix said he is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to build awareness of, and support for, the Western Golf Association's championships and the Evans Scholars Program. "Many people have worked diligently to lead us to our current position of prominence in conducting our nationally-acclaimed golf championships and caddie scholarship program," said Fix. "I am honored to lead the organization for the next two years, as we face both challenges and opportunities in the tournament and scholarship areas," he added. "We will conduct our first PGA Tour event away from Chicago in 47 years, and we are constructing a new scholarship house at Ohio State University."
The WGA's three national golf championships are the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour, the Western Amateur and the Western Junior. The 2008 BMW Championship will be held September 1-7 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Based in Golf, Ill., the WGA also administers the Evans Scholars Foundation, which has provided full tuition and housing college scholarships to golf caddies since 1930.
Fix is retired from a 35-year career in commercial banking, having held senior management positions at Continental Bank N.A. in Chicago from 1977-1995, and at 2 Bank of America N.T. & S.A. in Chicago, in 1995-96. He also currently is a director with Treasury Strategies Inc., a privately held consulting firm in Chicago. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1959 from the University of Illinois, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner in swimming, served as vice president of the Tribe of Illini and earned the George Huff Award for academic excellence as a student-athlete. He also graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers, in 1971.
Fix is a member of Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., where he served as president in 2002-2003 and on the Board of Governors from 1984-87. He also is a member of the Chicago Club, the Economic Club, Riomar Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla., and Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C. In addition to his volunteer work with the WGA/ESF, Fix has served the village of Kenilworth in various roles, including: member, Kenilworth School Board, 1969-1975; member and president Kenilworth Park District Board, 1981-89; president and treasurer, Kenilworth Baseball Association, 1976-85; trustee, Kenilworth Union Church 1988-93; and president, Kenilworth Club 1981.
The Western Golf Association was founded in 1899 to serve golfing interests in the growing Midwest and now has more than 500 member clubs. The WGA began its sponsorship of the Evans Scholars Program in 1930 at the request of founder Chick Evans, a world-famous amateur golfer from Chicago. Since then, more than 8,500 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars. This year, 835 caddies are attending college on Evans Scholarships. Support for the Evans Scholars Foundation comes from individual contributions by more than 100,000 golfers, mainly through the WGA Par Club, and proceeds from the BMW Championship. For more information on the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation, call 847/724-4600, write to the Foundation at 1 Briar Road, Golf, Ill., 60029, or visit www.westerngolfassociation.com.