2010 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year

Evans Scholars Alum named Volunteer of the Year

The PGA TOUR has named Mel Krejci of La Grange Park, IL, as the 2010 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year for his longtime service to the BMW Championship.

The 2010 event, won by Dustin Johnson, marked Krejci’s 50th year as a volunteer at the BMW Championship, as he even traveled to Bellerive CC in St. Louis for the tournament in 2008. He has served as the chairman of the ShotLink Scoring Committee since ShotLink’s debut in 2002 and was committee chairman in 2010. In addition to those duties this year, Krejci stepped in to serve as Tournament Scoreboard Committee chairman just one week prior to the event, due to an unforeseen family situation with that committee’s chairman.

“With his 50 years of service, Mel Krejci epitomizes the loyalty and generosity of our Evans Scholars alumni in giving back to the program by volunteering at the BMW Championship,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association vice president of tournaments. “We are thrilled his service has been recognized with this honor. Thanks in large part to the support of our 1,500 volunteers, including Mel and many more Evans Alumni and Scholars, the BMW Championship has raised more than $9 million since 2007 for the Evans Scholars program.”

Krejci’s relationship with the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars began when he was awarded the Evans Scholarship in 1956 after serving as a caddie during his teenage years. Using his Evans Scholarship, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1960 with a degree in engineering.

“The Evans Scholarship has done great things for me, and I began volunteering because it was time to give something back, but little did I know 50 years later I would still be doing this,” said Krejci. “It’s a very rewarding experience that you enjoy because you make lifelong friends and interface with so many different people while working the championship.”

Krejci is among many Alumni and Scholars who started their volunteer careers parking cars at the tournament. He then moved on to serve as a marshal, serving as co-chairman at one point before moving to scoring.

“I’m honored to be selected for this award,” said Krejci. “I’m just one of so many people who work so hard at the championship every year. For me, giving back to the Evans Scholars makes it all worthwhile.”