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Steve Stricker’s Hole-in-One at the 2012 BMW Championship Earns a $100,000 Four-Year Scholarship for a College-Bound Evans Scholar 

For the Second Time in Three Years, BMW of North America will Donate a Full Four-Year Scholarship to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
 

Carmel, IN – September 7, 2012… On just the second day of play at the 2012 BMW Championship, Steve Stricker scored a hole-in-one on Crooked Stick Golf Club’s signature sixth hole, ensuring that BMW of North America will donate a $100,000 four-year scholarship to the Evans Scholars Foundation. All proceeds from the BMW Championship also benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides scholarships to deserving young caddies. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $11 million for the charity.

Justin Cruz, a sophomore Evans Scholar at Northwestern University, accepted the donation on behalf of the Evans Scholars Foundation. This winter BMW and the Western Golf Association (WGA), sponsor of the Evans Scholars Foundation, will jointly select and award the scholarship in Stricker’s name to a high school senior who will be attending Stricker’s alma mater, The University of Illinois.

Stricker’s amazing shot came early in today’s play as he stepped up to the par three sixth hole. Using a 6 iron, Stricker holed his tee shot from 199 yards, simultaneously fulfilling the dreams of one lucky college-bound Evans Scholar.

“Congratulations to Steve Stricker for making an incredible shot. The most rewarding thing about being a part of this tournament is that in the end we are able to ensure that deserving young caddies can further their education,” said Dan Creed, Vice President of Marketing, BMW of North America.

“Each year BMW’s contribution to the Evans Scholars dramatically changes the course of these young lives,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We thank them for this additional commitment to the Evans Scholars Foundation and congratulate Steve Stricker on today’s hole-in-one.”

Friday’s shot was the third hole-in-one for Stricker on the PGA TOUR. He previously had a hole-in-one at last year’s Memorial Tournament and at the 1997 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Unofficially, the ace at Crooked Stick was his second in less than two weeks. During last week’s pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Stricker also holed his tee shot on the third hole at TPC Boston with a 3-iron.

A former All-American at Illinois, Stricker turned pro in 1990 and joined the PGA TOUR in 1993. In 19 seasons he has won 12 tournament titles and posted top-10 finishes in all four majors. He has also played on winning Ryder Cup (2008) and Presidents Cup (1996, 2007, 2009, 2011) teams.

In addition to supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation through the BMW Championship, BMW of North America, LLC also provides a summer internship program for Evans Scholars to work for BMW, offering them real-world experience and invaluable insight into their future careers.

In 2010 Sean O’Hair aced the 211-yard, par three second hole on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club’s Dubsdread course, earning a full college scholarship for Evans Scholar Helena Schwemmer.

This year’s tournament marked the first time BMW also featured two hole-in-one vehicles, awarding the first player to achieve a hole-in-one on the 13th Hole a new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and the first to do the same on the 17th Hole a new BMW M5.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 115 MINI passenger car dealers, and 32 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.

Journalist note: Press releases, photos and videos about the 2012 BMW Championship are available on-line at www.bmwusanews.com/BMWChampionship. Further information about BMW Group and its products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

Evans Scholars Foundation: Created in 1930, the Evans Scholars Foundation started with two Northwestern University students and has been managed since its inception by the Western Golf Association. To date, the foundation has offered more than 10,500 college scholarships to golf caddies, and during the 2012-2013 academic school year 835 caddies are attending college on Evans Scholarships, receiving tuition and housing benefits totaling more than $11 million.