Jason Day Hole-in-One at the 2017 BMW Championship Results in BMW’s Donation of Full, Four-Year $100,000 BMW Evans Scholarship in Day’s Name.
Lake Forest, IL – September 15, 2017… On the second day of play at the 2017 BMW Championship, Jason Day recorded a hole-in-one, resulting in the donation of a BMW Hole-in-One Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship worth $100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Day aced the 17th hole on Friday, September 15 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL with a 7-iron, from 188 yards.
Additionally, Day made his impressive shot on one of the two holes at the BMW Championship that awards a new BMW to the first player to make a hole-in-one. With his shot, Day also receives an all-new BMW M760i, the perfect combination of BMW performance and luxury.
In turn, Day graciously donated his new BMW to the Evans Scholars Foundation -- further supporting its mission of sending hard working caddies to college and a goal of having 1,000 caddies enrolled annually in college by 2020.
“On the TOUR we aim to give back. For BMW to give back as well and put a student through college is huge,” said Jason Day following his shot. “I’m going to donate the car to help an additional student because I am in a fortunate position, and being able to not only impact another person’s life but to also get them through college is huge as well.”
All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full college scholarships to hardworking, young caddies with financial need and strong academic records. Since 2007, BMW has contributed more than $24 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Day’s shot marks the fifth time BMW has awarded a Hole-in-One Scholarship in a player’s name. Past recipients include:
- Hayden Bauschka (2015 BMW Hole-in-One Scholar): Awarded in honor of Jordan Spieth, who aced the 2nd hole, his 11th hole of the day, on Wednesday, September 17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL.
- Melyzjah Smith (2013 BMW Hole-In-One Scholar): Awarded in honor of Hunter Mahan, who aced the par 3, 17th hole in the third round of the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL.
- Mark Abtahi (2012 BMW Hole-in-One Scholar): Awarded in honor of Steve Stricker, who scored a hole-in-one at 2012 Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN.
- Haelena Schwemmer (2010 BMW Hole-in-One Scholar): Schwemmer was named the first BMW Hole-in-One Scholar after Sean O’Hair recorded a hole-in-one during the 2010 BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, IL.
“Congratulations to Jason Day on his incredible shot today and his overwhelming generosity,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America. “Being able to provide a fifth full, four-year BMW Hole-in-One Evans Scholarship to a hardworking, young caddie is extremely satisfying and we are honored to be able to provide him or her with this opportunity to attend college worry-free.”
Current Evans Scholars Anyah Akanni and Nicholas Pavlishin accepted the donation on behalf of the Evans Scholars Foundation. Later this year, BMW and the Evans Scholars Foundation will jointly award the 2017 BMW Hole-in-One Scholarship in Jason Day’s name to a student caddie who will attend college next fall.
“This generous contribution is one of many ways BMW shows its support for our mission of sending deserving young caddies to college,” said John Kaczkowski, president and CEO of the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation. “We’re grateful to have BMW as our title sponsor and partner, and we’re thrilled to use this donation to fund a full Evans Scholarship.”
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 965 caddies are attending 19 major universities on Evans Scholarships, and there are more than 10,600 Evans Alumni.
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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 the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings to determine the final 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has contributed more than $24 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation, the event’s charitable beneficiary. To learn more, visit www.bmwchampionship.com .
About the Western Golf Association
The Western Golf Association conducts three national golf championships and supports 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. To learn more, visit www.wgaesf.org.
About the Evans Scholars Foundation
Established by famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to high-achieving caddies from across the country. The Program, supported by the Western Golf Association, is funded by contributions from more than 30,000 donors nationwide, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from WGA championships. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 10,600 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars. To learn more, visit www.wgaesf.org.