GOLF, Ill. – March 9, 2016 … The 2016 BMW Championship, set for Sept. 6-11 at Crooked Stick Golf Club, already has exceeded its volunteer recruitment goal, the Western Golf Association announced today.
“We are extremely proud and excited to once again host the BMW Championship and the world’s top professional golfers at Crooked Stick,” said Kent Frandsen, club president. “We exceeded our volunteer goals for the 2012 BMW Championship. To be able to do it again in 2016 is a true testament to our community, the hard work of our staff and Crooked Stick’s commitment to once again provide the best experience possible for all of those who attend.”
Businesses throughout Central Indiana are also showing their support for the 2016 BMW Championship. Local restaurants and food retailers, such as The Egg & I, St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Eddie Merlot’s, Market District and Table by Market District, will be providing meals for volunteers throughout the event. Sullivan’s will also provide food for individuals participating in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am on September 7.
“We know that Indianapolis has a strong record of volunteer turnout for sporting events, but the excitement and support we’ve received from the local community and volunteers willing to travel to be a part of the 2016 BMW Championship is really impressive,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “Volunteers are essential to our success and our charitable mission to support the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies from modest means.”
While all volunteer positions are currently filled, a waiting list has been started. For more information on joining the list, please visit www.BMWChampionship.com and click on the “Volunteers” tab.
The BMW Championship is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, with the top 70 PGA TOUR players competing for an $8.5 million purse, including $1.53 million for the winner. Former champions include Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving caddies from modest means. Since 2007, the event has contributed more than $21 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation. The 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club raised nearly $3 million to help send caddies to college.
The 2012 BMW Championship, won by McIlroy, was named the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of the Year. Crooked Stick also has hosted the PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, Solheim Cup and other prestigious professional and amateur competitions.
For more information about the 2016 BMW Championship or to purchase tickets, visit www.BMWChampionship.com.
About the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship dates back to 1899 when it debuted as the Western Open, making it the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only the British Open and U.S. Open. BMW has sponsored the tournament since 2007 when it became the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The BMW Championship features a field of 70 players to determine the final 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta.
All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which grants full college scholarships to deserving young caddies. Since BMW became title sponsor in 2007, the tournament has contributed more than $21 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
About the Western Golf Association
The Western Golf Association conducts three national golf championships and sponsors the nationally acclaimed Evans Scholars Foundation. Headquartered in Golf, Illinois, the organization was founded in 1899 by 11 Chicago-area golf clubs to promote their interests in golf. In addition to the BMW Championship, the WGA conducts two prestigious amateur championships, the Western Amateur and the Western Junior.
About Evans Scholars Foundation
The WGA champions education through golf by supporting the Evans Scholars Program, the sole charitable beneficiary of the BMW Championship. Established by the WGA and famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., the program provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. This fall, 910 caddies are attending 19 major universities on Evans Scholarships, and there are more than 10,000 Evans Alumni. The WGA’s Board of Governors has set a goal of having 1,000 Evans Scholars enrolled in college annually by 2020. The Evans Program is funded by contributions from more than 28,700 donors across the country, including many Evans Alumni, and by proceeds from the BMW Championship.