Last week at the third round of the BMW Championship, the third leg in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, Sean O'Hair scored a hole-in-one. In recognition of O'Hair's hole-in-one, BMW donated a four-year college scholarship to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which will provide an incremental college scholarship to a deserving caddie for the 2011-2012 school year.
Evans Scholar Matthew Sachaj, a caddie at Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook, Illinois, met O'Hair and BMW of North America President Jim O'Donnell to receive the scholarship check on behalf of the Evans Scholars Foundation. Sachaj graduated from Notre Dame College Prep and is an incoming freshman at Northwestern University.
BMW continued its Hole-In-One scholarship tradition, which grants a four-year Evans Scholarship in recognition of any player to score the first hole-in-one on any hole during the tournament. O'Hair holed his tee shot on the 211-yard, par three second hole on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread course, where the top 70 golfers on the PGA TOUR competed last week for the final 30 spots in the TOUR Championship. Dustin Johnson secured the win last Sunday with a score of -9.
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, one of the nation's largest privately funded college scholarship programs, providing full university tuition and housing grants to deserving young caddies. Since BMW became a presenting sponsor of the tournament in 2007, the BMW Championship has raised a total of $7.3 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Created in 1930, the Evans Scholars Foundation started with two Northwestern University students and is managed by the Western Golf Association. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 10000 college scholarships to golf caddies, and during the '10-'11 academic school year, 855 caddies are attending school on Evans Scholarships.