BMW Championship at Olympia Fields tops lineup of stellar events
GLENVIEW, IL – The Western Golf Association will conduct six golf championships in 2020, including the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs.
Also on the WGA schedule are the Evans Scholars Invitational on the Korn Ferry Tour and the annual Western Amateur and Western Junior. In addition, the WGA will partner again with the Women’s Western Golf Association to conduct the Women’s Western Amateur and Women’s Western Junior.
“We’re proud and excited to be hosting golf championships at all levels and for top men and women golfers,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “We’re expecting excellent competition among some of the finest junior, amateur and professional golfers in the world.
“We’re also looking forward to conducting five of the six events in the greater Chicago region,” Pellegrino said. “Chicago-area golf fans won’t have far to travel to see some of the year’s finest golf championships.”
Olympia Fields Country Club in south suburban Chicago will host the WGA’s flagship event, the BMW Championship, on Aug. 18-23.
The lone WGA championship to be contested outside of Illinois will be the Western Amateur, set to be played at Crooked Stick Golf Cub in Carmel, Indiana. Crooked Stick hosted the BMW Championship in 2012 and 2016.
All proceeds from WGA championships will once again benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation as it provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to youth caddies with limited financial means.
“We not only provide golfers of all ages the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition, we’re raising funds for one of golf’s favorite and most impactful charities,” noted Pellegrino. “We look forward to fulfilling that mission once again in the coming year.”
Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $35 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation. This academic year, 1,010 Evans Scholars are enrolled at 18 universities. More than 11,050 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the first two Evans Scholarship recipients enrolled at Northwestern University in 1930.
Following is the 2020 schedule for WGA and WWGA events:
July 27-Aug. 1
Evans Scholars Invitational
Women's Western Junior
Women's Western Amateur
The Glen Club, Glenview, Illinois
Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Illinois
The Grove Country Club, Long Grove, Illinois
Prestwick Country Club, Frankfort, Illinois
Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana
Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois