Scholars to caddie in Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am and participate in media opportunities
WILMINGTON, Del. – All proceeds from the 2022 BMW Championship will benefit the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full college tuition and housing scholarships to students with financial need and strong caddie, academic and leadership records. In addition, a group of Evans Scholars will have an important presence at the 2022 BMW Championship, held Aug. 16-21 at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.
Evans Scholars will help kick off tournament week Tuesday evening at the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am Pairings Party at Longwood Gardens. Evans Scholar Kayla Marrero, a junior at Penn State University, will speak about the impact of the Evans Scholarship.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, current Scholars and Evans Scholars Alumni will caddie for the PGA TOUR professionals during the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am, the largest single fundraising event of the year for the Evans Scholars Foundation. As in the past, Evans Scholars Alumni will donate their tips back to the Program.
On Saturday and Sunday of tournament week, Evans Scholars will be introduced by WGA officials at the first tee between the final groups. They will also participate in media opportunities to raise awareness about the Evans Scholarship. Currently, two Scholars caddied at Wilmington Country Club.
As in past years, BMW will contribute a full, four-year Evans Scholarship on behalf of the first player to record a hole-in-one during championship play. The last hole-in-one occurred at the 2017 BMW Championship, after Jason Day aced a hole, leading Brooklyn Gabriel to earn a full Evans Scholarship to Penn State University.
This fall, a record 1,100 Evans Scholars will attend 22 leading universities nationwide. There are more than 11,800 Evans Scholars Alumni since the Program began in 1930. The 2021 BMW Championship, held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, continued the tradition of raising funds for the Program with a record $5.6 million contribution, boosting overall support to more than $40 million since 2007.
This is the second straight year the BMW Championship will be held in the East, where the Evans Scholars Program has expanded rapidly in recent years. WGA/ESF leaders have worked to create new youth caddie programs at premier golf clubs along the East and established partnerships with new universities, including Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers. In the past four years, the number of students who have been awarded the Evans Scholarship from the East Coast have more than doubled.