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.