WGA announces Platt Evans Scholars presence
at 2018 BMW Championship
GOLF, Ill. – Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $27 million for caddie scholarships to college. All proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship, held Sept. 4-9 at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia, will support Platt Evans Scholarships for caddies attending Penn State University in University Park. In addition, Platt Evans Scholars will have an important presence at the championship, Western Golf Association leaders have announced.
Currently, there are nine Platt Evans Scholars attending Penn State. Platt Evans Scholars receive a full housing and tuition scholarship, the result of a partnership between the Evans Scholars Foundation and the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Platt Evans Scholars must meet the criteria of both organizations, displaying a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character.
Platt Evans Scholars will be on site during tournament week, caddying in Monday’s Ultimate Play Day Pro-Am. On Tuesday, Platt Evans Scholar Stephen Arechabala will share his experience of caddying and earning the Scholarship at the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am Pairings Party at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. That evening, WGA and GAP leaders will induct J. Wood Platt into the Caddie Hall of Fame.
On Saturday and Sunday of tournament weekend, several Platt Evans Scholars will be introduced by WGA officials to the audience at the first tee for the final groups. They also will help with a putting challenge on site, as well as participate in media opportunities to raise awareness about the Platt Evans Scholarship. That weekend, NBC will also air a story on Northwestern Scholar Jack Jordan.
The first recipient of the Platt Evans Scholarship, Christian Smith, was on-site at BMW headquarters in New Jersey in August to film a welcome message for tournament fans with Bernhard Kuhnt, the President and CEO of BMW North America. Smith caddied at Llanerch Country Club and graduated from Miami University in 2017. He is now an investment banking analyst in Chicago.
Tournament proceeds also will be directed to establishing an Evans Scholarship House at Penn State in University Park, the first of its kind in the East. The Evans Scholarship House is expected to open in 2019.
Since 2007, BMW has been a big supporter of the Evans Scholars Program. Similar to past years, BMW will contribute a full, four-year Platt Evans Scholarship on behalf of the first player to record a hole-in-one during championship play. Last year, Jason Day helped send a fifth caddie to college with his ace on the 17th hole; Evans Scholar Brooklyn Gabriel will be on site on Saturday to meet with Day and thank him for his support.
For more information, visit www.wgaesf.org.
About the Platt Evans Scholarship
Started in 2013, the Platt Evans Scholarship is co-sponsored by the Evans Scholars Foundation and the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Awarded to caddies from Golf Association of Philadelphia clubs, Platt Evans Scholars earn full tuition and housing scholarships to Penn State-University Park. Recipients meet the criteria of both programs and are considered Evans Scholars and Platt Scholars. The Western Golf Association supports the Platt Evans Scholarship through its affiliation with the Evans Scholars Foundation.
The Evans Scholars Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies, provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to young caddies who show academic promise and financial need. Overseen by the Western Golf Association, the golf charity has sent more than 11,000 caddies to college since 1930. This fall, 985 Scholars are attending 18 universities nationwide.
About the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship, conducted by the Western Golf Association, 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. To learn more, visit www.bmwchampionship.com.